The Wall Street Journal previews President Obama’s State of the Union address. In short, it’s just more of the same class warfare since he can’t run on his pathetic record. It also sounds like it will be more of a campaign speech than a SOTU address.
The speech before a joint session of Congress will add policy specifics to the themes articulated in Mr. Obama’s fiery address last month in Osawatomie, Kan., where he promised to fight for the interests of the American middle class. After months of increasingly tough talk, he used that address to blame Republican policies for many of the nation’s problems. While Republicans hope to make the election a referendum on his stewardship of the economy, Mr. Obama has been trying to set it up as a choice between two conflicting philosophies.
To that end, the address will likely highlight Mr. Obama’s re-election argument that he will protect the middle class and help it thrive while Republicans will stand in the way. He will again propose tax increases on the wealthy in a bid to pay for his initiatives, cut the deficit and reduce income inequality, which he says are among the nation’s most pressing problems. (Read More)
He’s no champion of the middle class. He’s destroying the middle class. How many poor Americans rose into the middle class on his watch?
He’s also going to talk about “insourcing” American jobs. Which means he probably won’t mention the Keystone XL pipeline project that he killed. Or if he does, he’ll say that extending unemployment will create more jobs than the shovel-ready pipeline.
“I’ve read a lot about what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, and it sounds to me like the same old policies that we’ve seen: More spending, higher taxes, more regulation,” Boehner said on “Fox News Sunday.”
“If that’s what the president is going to talk about Tuesday night, I think that’s pathetic.”
Well, that’s all he’s got, so we may as well get used to it.
Update: Linked by the Poh Diaries – thanks!