Well, as promised, I will do the easy job of deconstructing selected portions of "The Democratic Response" to the State of The Union speech. The participants in this telecast were Senate Minority Leader Sen. Harry Reid D-NV, and his counterpart in the house, Rep. Nancy Pelosi D-CA. The fun starts now with comments by Sen. Reid:
"In the coming year, I believe we can make sure America lives up to its legacy as a land of opportunity if the president is willing to join hands and build from the center."
"It's important that we succeed. It's time that America's government lived up to the same values as America's families. It's time we invested in America's future and made sure our people have the skills to compete and thrive in a 21st-century economy."
"That's what Democrats believe, and that's where we stand, and that's what we'll fight for."
"Build from the center"? Is he serious? President Bush was re-elected as a right-wing President, and was re-elected by a large margin. I love how the Dems insist that a Republican President must "govern from the center." I can assure you, if it were a Democrat, they would be saying nothing of the sort. Now, how exactly are the Dems going to make sure were ready for the coming century when they insist that the Bush tax cuts "for the rich" are wrong? Amazing. More from Sen. Reid:
"Too many of the president's economic policies have left Americans and American companies struggling. And after we worked so hard to eliminate the deficit, his policies have added trillions to the debt — in effect, a "birth tax" of $36,000 on every child that is born."
"We Democrats have a different vision: spurring research and development in new technologies to help create the jobs of the future; rolling up our sleeves and fighting for today's jobs by ending the special tax breaks that encourage big corporations to ship jobs overseas; a trade policy that enforces the rules of the road so that we play to win in the global marketplace instead of sitting by and getting played for fools."