I won't be watching the State of the Union address tonight. Even if I actually wanted to, I think my wife would explode at having his mug on the screen and his voice in our house for more than a soundbite. Me, I can handle him for longer than that. She's just allergic to him.
No, I'm just afraid I don't want to listen to 2 hours of having him tell us we need to "expand our moral imaginations" (whatever the hell that means) and "invest in America" (which means spend more money we don't have) and other terribly meaningful tripe to convince us he's some sort of philosopher-god and has also suddenly decided, after two years, that NOW we're REALLY going to do things to grow the economy and create jobs. Apparently we've just been pussyfooting around to this point.
Because all the things he's said would grow the economy, create jobs, and reduce the deficit -- for the past two years -- have gone so swimmingly well! So now we're really going step on the gas and get out of this ditch that he's gotten us out of but we're somehow still right smack dab in the middle of.
The summer of non-recovery was followed by the autumn of discontent and the winter of still more non-recovery. Yup, all that stuff we did to "kick-start" the economy over the past two years has worked so well that we're still talking about "kick-starting" the economy today.
If you ask me, here's what I think just happened. America managed to elect an ultra left-wing ideologue who had enough of the center convinced he was a moderate to slip under their radar. That and giant majorites in both chambers of congress allowed them to push as much statist structuring legislation through as they could before getting slapped down in the mid-terms, and now we're going to pretend that we're centrists and all reasonable, rah-rah, go Capitalism Americans again through the 2012 election, where hopefully they'll be able to repeat the performance if they gain back some seats in the house.
Obama cheerleader E.J. Dionne apparently concurrs.