I have some thoughts on Bush's address
and the Democrat response
- No plans for fighting the War on Spending Taxpayer Money Like Drunken Teenagers On Spring Break In Cancun With The Parents' Credit cards. Bad.
- Promises that Americans will benefit from impractical technological advances (ethanol production requires way too much energy to produce a net benefit). Kaine promotes vaguely-defined "alternative fuels," meaning relatively miniscule power sources such as wind and solar, and possibly yet-unproven geothermal. And to be funded by "excess" oil profits, of course.
Hey, I'll promote a proven alternate fuel: nuclear. We come up with a standardized nuclear plant design to reduce engineering costs. We build mixed oxide (MOX) plants that run on recycled nuclear waste, so that our waste stockpiles are vastly reduced. We change the laws so that building nuke plants in the USA is freakin' possible. Who's with me?
- Neither Bush nor Kaine will address a critical root problem surrounding the illegal immigration crisis - the significant gap in economic freedom between the US and Mexico. Our foreign policy must nudge Mexico toward vast economic reforms - it will benefit both nations.
- Bush delivers a solid blow against the critics of the surveillance program, specifying who is being surveiled, who has done it in the past, and who has supported its legality: "I have authorized a terrorist surveillance program to aggressively pursue the international communications of suspected al Qaeda operatives and affiliates to and from America. Previous Presidents have used the same constitutional authority I have, and federal courts have approved the use of that authority."
- A slap to Bill Clinton: "If there are people inside our country who are talking with al Qaeda, we want to know about it, because we will not sit back and wait to be hit again. (Applause.)"
- One of his finest moments was this: "The same is true of Iran, a nation now held hostage by a small clerical elite that is isolating and repressing its people. The regime in that country sponsors terrorists in the Palestinian territories and in Lebanon -- and that must come to an end. (Applause.) The Iranian government is defying the world with its nuclear ambitions, and the nations of the world must not permit the Iranian regime to gain nuclear weapons. (Applause.) America will continue to rally the world to confront these threats."
- Bush connects the dots between lawsuit abuse and medical costs.
- We can forgive him for saying a kind word about Sandra Day O'Connor. At least she was with the dissenting side in Kelo.
- The Dems picked a guy with worse oratory skills than mine to deliver their response. Or maybe that was part of Karl Rove's secret plan.
- On his radio show, Rush Limbaugh summarized Kaine's vision as "Soup Line America" (no link). Citizen Kaine spouts more of the same old statist solutions, such as expanding access to pre-kindergarten (Why does pre-kindergarten even exist? My generation got good grades without it) and expanding health coverage (without saying who'd pay for it).
- Kaine says health care costs are "skyrocketing," but doesn't offer a way to curb that price inflation.
- Kaine rips into Bush for faulty intelligence, but doesn't offer a way to improve intelligence gathering.
- If Kaine wants to attack the culture of "partisanship and cronyism," he might want to have a word with Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.