Yawn. It’s almost time for Bush’s 2007 State of the Union address. If there isn’t any paint I can watch drying, maybe I’ll turn on the TV for some lesser excitement.
Through six years of hard work mastering incompetency, Bush has attained the ultimate irrelevant state: not even wrong. When I look at him now, I don’t feel the indignation, anger, and irritation that used to arise from a contemplation of his visage.
He’s become a cartoon character, a “What, me worry?” caricature. Bush is so out of touch with reality there’s little reason to pay attention to anything he says anymore. Just one-third of the promises he made in his 2006 State of the Union speech came to pass.
That was back when Bush had a lot more political capital than he has now. I’ll place my bet on zero percent of his 2007 initiatives becoming anything more than a Bushian fantasy.
Or, irrelevancy. It’s sort of sad to see the president of the United States reduced to such an impotent shadow of a leader that one of his big messages tonight reportedly will be to urge Americans to use 20% less gasoline by 2017.
Been there, done that. Our hybrid Toyota Prius gets almost double the mileage of the car it replaced. Our hybrid Toyota Highlander, about 50% more. Again, yawn.
A big ditto-yawn to Bush’s proposal to tax high-cost employer paid health insurance plans and allow people to deduct the cost of lower-cost plans. (Thanks to Jack Bog's blog for this says-it-all image).
More irrelevancy. The premium for our Blue Cross plan has been going up 10-20% a year, either directly or via increases in our deductible combined with benefit reductions. Wow, thanks George. The 20% or so we’ll be able to save through a tax deduction will be eaten up in a single year of unrestrained escalating health care costs.
With Iraq, unfortunately, Bush has the constitutional ability to put on his commander-in-chief costume and pretend that he knows what he’s doing. He doesn’t, of course, but that won’t matter to all the Americans and Iraqis who are going to die for no good reason because of his escalation of the war.
Thank god, we’ve just got one more year of enduring State of the Union speeches given by a cartoonish, buffoonish president. Praise be, 2009 will come. It will come.