Tuesday, January 23, 2007

The SOTU Is a Misnomer

The State of the Union address is tonight, although I think that's a misnomer - it should be called the "Spin of the Union" address. Looking only at the economy, the Bonddad Blog points to some honest facts we won't hear tonight: State of the Union: A Nation Off Track

Click the link and read the statistics, but the bottom line is this:
[T]he economic recovery Bush will tout is mostly about the rich getting richer. And those tax cuts that Bush will call the shining star of his economic acumen? Guess what. They’re helping the rich more than the economy.[...]

The Bush administration ran the Clinton budget surplus into the ground after less than a year in office—and has kept adding to the national tab so that the United States is now more than $8 trillion in debt (that’s nearly $29,000 for every man, woman and child in the nation). Yet after all these years of draining the federal budget into oblivion, administration cronies now suddenly are sounding the alarm. [...]

Let’s see. The budget deficit is in the dumpster and the Bush administration wants to salvage it by cutting back on retirement and health care.
As the table shows (which happens to come from the Congressional Budget Office), entitlements only contribute 10% to our budget deficit, yet Ben Bernanke, Federal Reserve chairman, claims the long-term danger posed by looming deficits comes from Social Security and Medicare!

As Bonddad concludes, "There are a lot of reasons why Bush’s approval rating has tanked, according to recent polls. And it’s pretty clear that Iraq isn’t the only reason 71 percent are saying the country is seriously off track."


abi said...

20 minutes before spin-time. I need a couple of good stiff drinks to get through it.

Kvatch said...
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Kvatch said...

I'm just dreading the reintroduction of "The Ownership Society," in the form of "Affordable Choices"! Uggghhh!

(And now I have to go and... Damn I hate New Blogger's comment interface.)

Lew Scannon said...

What worries me most id that there is still 28% of the people who think Bush is doing a good job.

Kathy said...

Abi, as you'll note in my post above, you're not the only with alcohol on their mind!

Kvatch, you're right, Affordable Choices is simply a new euphemism for something they couldn't sell the public on before. Are you having trouble with Blogger's comment interface? I'm sorry. Since I switched over to the new version, I've had fewer problems.

Lew, that 28% figure doesn't surprise me. He has a following among the rich, the military hawks, some evangelicals, and those that just can't bring themselves to ever admit they made a mistake in voting for the man.

Kvatch said...

Are you having trouble with Blogger's comment interface? I'm sorry. Since I switched over to the new version, I've had fewer problems.

No...it's not that. It's the fact that New Blogger's comment page has it's 'tab jumps' screwed up. The password field jumps back to the comment box rather than to the 'Word Verification' box as it should. That means that if you're not careful, as I wasn't, you have to remove a comment and then change your you-know-what. Take a look at that deleted comment and see what I mean.