SUMMARY – You’ve heard my lecture, Republicans! Now pass my bill!!
It was a terrible speech. It was better than I expected.
I give myself zip on the prediction there would be nothing but lip service for small business. Details are sparse but it does appear there is some help for small and medium size companies. Other good points include some preferential treatment for our veterans and a speech that bore on the greatness of our country, not our faults. On the latter point, I hope it’s not like a response to that line in a movie where the neglected woman pleads with her lover “Just tell me you love me. You don’t have to mean it.“
Barack was angry. Michelle showed signs of stress. Smiles were few. There was not a light moment in Obama’s speech. Michelle’s usual happy face and essence of delight that only a woman can impart was gone. In its place we saw the image of a somber faced wife who closed her eyes and bowed her head as soon as she was seated comfortably. Michelle knows what is at stake.
Re-retraining is easy to support; so is streamlining the patent process. Huh? Streamlining the patent process? How did that get in there? Oh well, I guess that’s good.
How did I do on the predictions made in It’s Joint Session Day.
He will ask for 300B
He asked for 447 Billion. 3/4 credit
Not full credit because the number was off by 50%.
It will be about expansion of government full credit
Points could be deducted for lack of mention of support for the states, but the professor decided that would be nit picking.
Infrastructure Bank 3/4 credit.
Full credit not given because the President didn’t identify his call for a private financing program by name.
Use of the S word (stimulus) full credit plus a gold star
As prediced, the word was nowhere to be found. Stimulus as a word is as dead as stimulus was in fact.
Stoking class resentment full credit
The only thing he missed was corporate jets
Only lip service for small business zero credit
Obama’s plan would indeed provide some relief for small and medium size businesses.
So much for fun, now for the critique. There is so much to say it will have to wait for the next post.