Looks like president Obama is going to get the campaign season off to a roaring start. Now he wants to address a joint session of congress. Problem is the republicans already had a presidential candidate debate scheduled for the same date and time. Was the timing of Obama’s speech a coincidence, or was the timing designed to pull the audience of the republican debate away? One way to tell for sure; if the president reschedules his speech without a big fuss it was coincidence, other wise it is political games. After all the president has no problem getting air time.
It sounds like the speech will resemble a state of the union address. At the rate democratic spending is sending us to the poor house a state of the union address on a monthly basis might be a good idea.
I already know how this speech is going to play to the TV cameras. Obama will say; “I am going to spend a trillion on roads and bridges.” The democrats will jump out of their seats and cheer. The republicans will hunker down in their seats and frown mightily.
Then Obama will say; “I am going to tax everything that moves, and I am going to double the tax rates on the rich.” Again the democrats will leap out of their seats and cheer. The republicans will continue to frown and will begin showing signs of a pooch.
Obama will then say that he hasn’t been able to get his economic program to work because of the intransigence of the republicans who insist on putting the country on a sound economic footing rather than spending trillions on fluffy liberal causes.
It is always possible that at some point one of the republicans will become over wrought with emotion, leap to his feet and scream a rebuttal.
Please keep in mind that the scenes above are a guess on my part, a result of watching numerous state of the union addresses, and not on real events. It will be interesting to see how far I miss it.
All in all we can expect an hour of good clean fun and democratic propaganda. Little else will be accomplished because rather than enlisting republican co-operation in finding ways to provide jobs for the fifteen million unemployed Americans, the president will try to portray the republicans as the major obstacle of his personal job creation scheme.
Hopefully the republicans will be able to push back their debate until after Obama’s speech, and we will learn how the candidates would have handled this problem, had they been president. That should be fun.