Finally got around to reviewing Our Great Monkey King's State of the Union address.
I have to agree with ashoemaker - what alien civilization has replaced our president with a pod person?
"Here we have a serious problem: America is addicted to oil, which is often imported from unstable parts of the world," the former oil executive said.Buh?
"Tonight, I announce the Advanced Energy Initiative -- a 22 percent increase in clean energy research at the Department of Energy, to push for breakthroughs in two vital areas," Bush said. "To change how we power our homes and offices, we will invest more in zero-emission, coal-fired plants; revolutionary solar and wind technologies; and clean, safe nuclear energy.
"We will increase our research in better batteries for hybrid and electric cars, and in pollution-free cars that run on hydrogen. We will also fund additional research in cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but from wood chips, stalks,or switch grass."
On the international front, Bush invited Americans to choose action over isolationism in his policy against tyranny and to strengthen U.S. economic ties with other nations.BUH?
"We will choose to act confidently in pursuing the enemies of freedom -- or retreat from our duties in the hope of an easier life," Bush said. "We will choose to build our prosperity by leading the world economy -- or shut ourselves off from trade and opportunity."
The president was optimistic about the war in Iraq that has claimed more than 2,200 U.S. troops since March of 2003.Oh, ok, that's a little more normal then.
"The road to victory is the road that will take our troops home," Bush said. "As we make progress on the ground, and Iraqi forces increasingly take the lead, we should be able to further decrease our troop levels -- but those decisions will be made by our military commanders, not by politicians in Washington, D.C."
Iran is "defying the world with its nuclear ambitions -- and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons," Bush said.Whew! I was getting worried, but that settles that, doesn't it?
According to a CNN count, the president was interrupted by applause 64 times, one of those interruptions coming from the Democratic side of the aisle when he said:Hee hee!
"Congress did not act last year on my proposal to save Social Security. ..."
Bush announced initiatives on entitlement issues in the wake of his Social Security private accounts proposal, which failed to gain popular support."You wouldn't let me do things the way I wanted, so now I have to look like compromising was my idea."
"Tonight, I ask you to join me in creating a commission to examine the full impact of baby boom retirements on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid," Bush said. "This commission should include members of Congress of both parties, and offer bipartisan answers. We need to put aside partisan politics, work together and get this problem solved."
So, a little surprising, and if I thought it was genuine I'd be impressed, but I see it as pandering to what he thinks will push his approvals up - "See? I hear you're not happy about how high gas prices are, so here's a little bone to placate you for a while. God bless America... you morans."