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SOTU Open Thread

Invent your own drinking games!

And do take care to remove any object small enough to throw from your immediate vicinity when you get ready to listen or, heaven forfend, watch!

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Submitted by lambert on

The central policy proposals got leaked by a senior White House official:

1. Raise the minimum wage to $9.00

2. Pre-K education

3. 30,000 (?) troops out of somewhere.

Wowsers. Who know if it's right...

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Submitted by tom allen on

Preschool -- do it for kids, not because it's right, but because it's seven times more profitable! Principles by balance sheet.

Race to the Top bragging. Ugh. And now high school "partnerships with business".

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Submitted by tom allen on

And a government list of colleges with "best bang for the buck". Consumer choice for education as for health care -- neoliberalism strikes again.

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Submitted by Alexa on

Personally, I'm sick and tired of money being thrown at privatizing the school system!

We received 501 MIllion Dollars to privatize our schools. Why would ANYONE, especially a liberal, support another penny being spent this way?

The brand new "church school" that adjoins a property of ours was built on our taxpayer money.

Why does NO ONE in the progressive community make an issue of this? If this was Bush doing this, their heads would be exploding.

I am truly sickened by the "hypocrisy" of so many folks who claim to be "liberals?" Or, are they all just "clueless" regarding educational policy? Go figure.

Have a good evening, folks. Think I've heard about all that I can take, for one night, LOL!

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Submitted by tom allen on

After mumbling a few words about jobs, he heads straight for deficit reduction.

And Medicare "reform". Seniors can't shoulder "entire burden of deficit reduction." Now will haggle over size of burden. Bowles-Simpson BS. Long list of Medicare cuts as starting point for negotiations.

All the same shit he's been peddling before. "The politics will be hard for both sides." "Set party interests aside." Mr. Bipartisanship.

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Submitted by tom allen on

We're not "middle class" so he doesn't care. Neither legacy party does.

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Submitted by tom allen on

No deficit spending for stimulus, he brags. Some good stuff on science, but requests no significant money for it.

Producing more oil in US, more natural gas, he boasts, in same sentence as "we must do more to combat climate change." "Bipartisan market-based approach to climate change." It's an emergency we'll fight as long as it doesn't cut into our profits, I guess. Then brags about speeding approval of new oil & gas permits.

Submitted by lambert on

I'll be waiting for Bradblog to shred that commission. It's not the "voting experience' that's the problem! It's photo ID requirements and election fraud!

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Submitted by tom allen on

I guess "undermining financial institutions" is a job for Wall Street traders, not "cyberterrorists".

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Submitted by tom allen on

The war will be over ... but we're staying in Afghanistan after 2014. No surprise.

"Helping" Yemen, Somalia, Mali. "Direct action against terrorists" -- drones. Insists it's legal, transparent.

Saber rattling -- "will do what is necessary to prevent [Iran] from getting a nuclear weapon".

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Submitted by tom allen on

Obama to Congress on drones: Didn't you get the memo? I posted it yesterday.

Submitted by Hugh on

Real unemployment was 13.6% in January. Real wages have been flat for most Americans for 40 years. We all know there are not going to be any jobs because Obama is pursuing austerity, not stimulus. There will be no new money for R&D, no new money for infrastructure, no new money for Medicare and Social Security, no new money for the Post Office. Obama and the whole Washington crowd will do everything possible to avoid cuts to the Pentagon due to sequestration. Sequestration was, of course, a self-created crisis, one in a series of manufactured Shock Doctrine moments. The target has never been the Pentagon, but softening up Medicare and Social Security for the kill. Obama is reducing troops in Afghanistan, not to end a war, but because he has embraced the doctrine of drones and special ops. Why have a 100,000 troops in Afghanistan when he can have drones and special ops in half a dozen countries?

The easiest way to analyze a speech of Obama is to assume that everything he says is a lie. Comparing the lie to the known policy helps suss out what propaganda lines he will be using in the coming months and where the shiv is likely to go in.

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