Sen. Rubio’s response, coming from what must have been a well-protected site in a witness protection program, was sterile, dead-sounding and embarrassing: he was alone in a spare room, as if he were hiding out from authorities. He only had the water of the usual bread-and-water diet, and that water he fetched during his speech was so far away that he should have said “Timeout!” before fetching it. But his message was sound: no plan to grow the government even more should have the expectation of solving the country’s problems; the unaddressed debt problem is an unmet threat that continues to worsen (nothing, of course, about seriously cutting net spending in the SOTU and, again, nothing about cutting the big three: Medicare, Medicaid or Social Security); raising taxes more and more isn’t the answer; and tough individualism works, while collectivism fails.
The President was all promise and few fruits of promise after four years-plus on the job.
On the economy and domestic issues, he supported the old "laundry list:" jobs back to America, climate change expenditures, fixing infrastructure, and making high school education more job-related, immigration reform - path to citizenship, while making borders secure, raising the minimum wage, and enhancing the right to vote (by which he appeared to mean supporting even earlier voting which could spare many citizens the arduous chore of following a political campaign until its conclusion).
On foreign policy, the President said vaguely we shall keep "pressure on [the] Syria regime," but even progressives [see Richard Cohen in The Washington Post] have accused Mr. Obama of abdicating leadership, such as ignoring the problems in Syria, wherein there have been about 500,000 thousand refugees and 70,000 deaths. The President claims his efforts in counterterrorism have been "transparent to the American people and to the world," but he ignores the dereliction of his role as Commander-in-Chief in Benghazi.
make us infer that there will be less violence and fewer killings if his program is
accomplishments and fewer promises. Maybe by the end of this term policies
will have worked.
After all, the President did say, “We can get this done.”