Wednesday, February 02, 2005

SOTU: Maybe I'm just trying hard enough

I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but I'm not a drooling boob and I just couldn't sit through the end of the SOTU. I understand that there was real nice stuff about a serviceman and his parents at the end, but once he started off on "Global War on Terror", "Iraq", "Palestine"...zzzzz...

Maybe he lost me at stem-cells, Federal Marriage Amendment, and
culture-of-life and just couldn't get me back, or maybe I'm just cold and calloused, but I just can't get into it. I don't like when Democrats do it and I don't like George Bush does it.

It's funny, I look at the right-wing blogs and they eat that stuff up. In their posts about the SOTU, they perk all up at that, while lines about spending below the rate of inflation (I'll believe that when I see it) go by without mention.

I don't know, maybe it's my inner wonk and statistician dying to come out, but I'm kind of interested in looking at some new things in government. I like debate and ideas, and despite my blog name, I'm not a pure ideologue. I'll never get behind an ideology lock, stock and barrel. but if Republicans are going to convince me to get behind "Ownership Society" ideas, I'd hope Republicans are also open to re-intervening in some failed markets like airlines to bring some stability back into that industry. I also want to see a more tempered trade policy, the great issue cleavage (to steal a term from Mayhew) of our time.

The national debate is what gets me engaged - changing America for Americans.


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