Writing about the president’s State of the Union address last week, Mark Steyn quipped that “the Union’s state — its unprecedented world-record brokeness — was not even mentioned”:
If, as I was, you happened to be stuck at Gate 27 at one of the many U.S. airports laboring under the misapprehension that pumping CNN at you all evening long somehow adds to the gaiety of flight delays, you would have watched an address that gave no indication its speaker was even aware that the parlous state of our finances is an existential threat not only to the nation but to global stability.
Obama, in short, was oblivious to our nation’s most pressing problems. In a similar vein, Michael Barone observed that the speech contained “no serious public policy initiatives to quicken the pace of economic growth and address the long-term entitlement problems that Obama has occasionally noted.”
Although the president did “call for higher taxes on high earners,” Barone reported that the
. . . man who can call on experts at the Treasury Department to draft legislation gave no indication that he has any feasible draft for his “Buffett rule” that would presumably require a second alternative minimum tax for very high earners.
Nor did he indicate that he has made any serious effort to come up with language to penalize corporations that “ship jobs overseas.” Once again a president hailed for his brilliance has handed off the grimy task of writing legislation entirely to the Congress.
What we saw Tuesday night was more like a candidate than an incumbent president.
Wonder why our friends in the media don’t take the incumbent to task for his failure to offer real solutions to our nation’s pressing problems.
Perhaps, Obama would not be running as well as he now is in the polls if, instead of bashing each other, the Republican candidates were reminding voters of the incumbent’s manifest failures, including his paucity of ideas on how to address the nation’s fiscal woes.