Belated SOTU thoughts

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on January 30, 2010

Yes, I watched the State of the Union speech Wednesday night. After suffering through 70 minutes of it, I was presented with a dilemma. I could blog about a speech that everyone and their mother had already blogged about or I could play Mass Effect 2.

Mass Effect 2 won.

I did make some comments on twitter as the speech was occurring, so check out the tweets in the sidebar or you can start following me if you’re interested in that.

Regarding the speech.

There were a few things President Obama proposed that I wholeheartedly agree with – especially the free trade pact with Colombia, offshore drilling and nuclear power.

Unfortunately, and this speaks as much to my cynicism as to President Obama’s trustworthiness, I don’t believe a word he says.

Currently, zero new nuclear power plants are being built. One year from now, I suspect the number will still be zero.

The free-trade pact with Colombia has been held up by the Democrat Congress since the Bush administration. In the days following the SOTU, has there been the slightest indication that Congress would move forward on that?

Offshore drilling? Again, I don’t think Obama actually intends to push it – I think he said it because it still polls well – and Speaker Nancy Pelosi wouldn’t let that come to the House floor even if Obama was pushing it.

The election of Scott Brown to the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for 47 years should’ve been a canary in the coal mine for the Obama team. But I don’t think it is.

It was unthinkable just one year ago that the GOP would be in a position where they could dream about taking back the House and maybe even the Senate. But President Obama’s overreach is making it possible.


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