Tuesday, January 28, 2014


The President, following in the tradition of other Presidents, declared that the State of the Union is "strong".

He then proceeded to say how it could be made stronger, by "[laying] out a long list of proposals that would require congressional approval, including raising the minimum wage and changing the immigration system." Speaking as a former tax accountant, I found his MyRA proposal to be mildly interesting, but one doesn't summon Congress, the Supreme Court, the Cabinet, and a watching nation to spend any time talking about yet another tax-deferred retirement vehicle. (The IRS already lists more than a dozen.)

What happened to the guy who said this [bold added]?
I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment when we began to provide care for the sick and good jobs to the jobless; this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal; this was the moment when we ended a war and secured our nation and restored our image as the last, best hope on Earth.
At best we've made a little progress on some of the then-Senator's ambitions; at worst we've regressed (e.g., starting new wars, never getting unemployment below 6.7%). I wonder if the nation's exhaustion and his diminishment will continue until 2016, when like Alice's Cheshire Cat, all that will be left is his smile. © 2014 Stephen Yuen

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