Alex Blaze

State of the Union Tonight... Predictions?

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 25, 2011 6:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media, Politics
Tags: Barack Obama, CNN, Fox News, Michele Bachmann, Paul Ryan, state of the union, united states

The State of the Union address is tonight at 9 Eastern. Does anyone have any predictions (not dreams) about what Obama will say regarding queer issues? Mine are after the jump.

state_of_the_union.jpgThe news today has been the leak that Obama will propose a five-year non-defense spending freeze, which seems like a great idea in the middle of a recession. Perhaps he'll propose that we all turn up the heating to respond to climate change, that improve education by giving up reading, and that we support sustainable energy by increasing subsidies for oil and coal.

You know, sometimes I wish I lived in the same dream world conservatives live in, the one where faeries and unicorns solve every real problem so you have to make up fake ones. Too bad I just can't afford it.

The press, on the other hand, seems to be having a bipart-gasm when it comes to the seating arrangement for Congress, even referring to it as "gay prom." Can someone tell CNN that reports like this are unbecoming?

Also, it's funny that a CNN reporter sees Fox News as the other side of the aisle, as if they're the left-wing mirror image of Fox with screeds decrying Israel's occupation of Palestine and the fact that people still drive cars, with pundits calling for a communist-feminist revolution.

As for predictions, I won't be pessimistic and say that he completely ignores LGBT issues. I'm thinking we're going to get one this year, and it'll be DADT repeal. It's good for him because Congress's part is already done.

I'm not going to make a prediction about Paul Ryan's Republican response or Michele Bachmann's Tea Party response. I do wonder why there will be two rightwing responses and no liberal, much less leftist, response to the SOTU.

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I think the part I'm looking forward to the most is Michelle Bachman's response for the Tea Party. That should be hilarious.

Bill Perdue Bill Perdue | January 25, 2011 6:45 PM

"It's the Depression", and stupidly, the WH and Congress still don't have a clue (except Bernie Sanders).

Austerity measures by the Obama administration and both right centrist Congressional parties are being coupled with union busting and a renewed attack on the standard of living of working people. They're producing the basis for the next round of economic collapse, which promise to make the economic collapse of 2007 harsher and deeper.

Unions are the sole origin of the prosperity working people enjoyed until a succession of presidents - Nixon, Carter, Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton and Obama - succeeded in exporting jobs, busting unions, forcing people to live off credit and their savings and creating the Depression that began in 2007.

Unions suffered a catastrophic fall in members and were forced to give back wages, health care and work rules. "union membership suffered the biggest drop in the USA in seventy years. Unions reported a total of 14.7 million members in 2010, down 612,000 from 2009. Union density in the private sector declined from 7.2 to 6.9 percent. In a reversal of a decade's long trend, density in the public sector slipped as well, from 37.4 to 36.2." (1)

Credit and Savings - American workers continue to be dependent on credit to makes ends meet. And they're dipping into savings at an unprecedented rate: "$311 billion: (2) The net amount US consumers have withdrawn from savings and investment accounts over the past two years. In the course of the recession and recovery, Americans have dipped deeper into their savings than at any point in the past six decades. That’s helping the economy now, but could leave it less prepared to withstand shocks in the future." (2)

Dependence on credit and the decline in savings are creating unstable conditions and driving working people to the edge of their recourses.

The States are in deep trouble. 46 out of 50 are nearing insolvency and bankruptcy. Obama and the Congress won't help. "State's Severe Budget Shortfalls Could Lead To One Million Lost Jobs... the dire financial straits some states are in could result in massive job losses nationwide and further slowdown the US economic recovery." ( (3)

Unemployment is still near 17% and 26 million workers need full time regular employment. (4)

The next wave of the housing/foreclosure crisis will be a tsunami. "As the Fed begins to unwind its historic intervention, it faces a second wave of toxic mortgage maturities that could be even more damaging than the last wave of subprime mortgages." (5)

The EU's banking and insolvency crisis will be a heavy blow to what remains of global economic security. Ireland, Greece, Spain, Italy and Portugal are sinking fast. (4) "Paul Krugman has an excellent, major magazine piece at the NY Times on the prospects for Europe and the euro, as both climb out of crisis, painfully and slowly. Its title is "Can Europe Be Saved?" and the title is apt. The answer is not necessarily Yes." (6)

Only parties and a government devoted solely and totally to the interests of working people can bring this crisis to an end. The Democrats and their Republican cousin/brothers are clueless and in the pay of banksters.


Predictions? Lots of mostly empty words, plenty of applause lines.

Don't get me wrong, I voted for the man, on 4 main issues. Of which only one has been dealt with as promised, one was half arsed and the other two were ignored completely.

Hell I might even throw my vote away on a third party or just write myself in in '12 at this rate.

Join the crowd.