Here are my notes, mostly without comment. POTUS is required to present a report according to this Article. He shall from time to time give to Congress information of the State of the Union and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient. ” Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution At the bottom of all reports by companies for stockholders, there is a disclaimer to the effect that “some statements in this report are forward looking and do not represent promises of success.” (Or something like that, anyway.) Along with the forward looking statements, there is a financial report that presents the real picture of the condition the company’s health. So what did we get? A history lesson to start, telling us how good it was and how good we were. Then we got the obvious statements to the effect of how we are going to have to sacrifice to make America a good place to do business, and how we are going to do it. (Forward looking ---) We also got cheerleading, very typical social organizing to go forward. And a discussion on what he is going to propose toward going green with loans to start and expand green industrial actions, actual funding by the gov’t. Forecasts of when all this WILL happen, and how taking money from the oil companies to accomplish this. He kept calling such dot gov largess as “investments.” (Forward looking again, but no source of money for the “investments.” This is not how I (at least) understand investing where a return is expected. (More forward looking, wishful thinking, with no how it’ll get done --) He did mention that parents have to start monitoring kids in and out of school, and the schools themselves. And pushed for education reform. Good, that. But still no how, leaving that to the local governments. Emphasized that good teachers do not get the respect that they deserve. No mention of how to rid the systems of the dead weight. And once again, dribbled some funding, but by no means enough to do the job. Wonder where the difference is coming from? And then, undocumented (and documented) students, and the fact that we are educating them and sending them “home” to compete with us. Retention is on his radar. And our infrastructure used to be the best. Another “investment” scheme or wish requiring money from the gov’t if business can’t do it on their own. Knock down tax barriers to business expansion. That is, revise the tax code and simplify things. He thinks that can be done without increasing the deficit. So maybe it can if he does away with some other “investments.” To review regulations that are barriers to business expansion. A good thing, methinks, identification results in elimination. And more rules on the banks to prevent exploitation. Hm. Healthcare got recognition as needing improvements. The door is NOT open to repeal, but is to amendments. Then came speechification on the debt. Intends to cut domestic spending at the federal level. (If congress will let him.) Freezing domestic spending for 5 years (he says) will reduce the debt over 10 years. Interesting, he also said that gov’t should live within its income. Concept is good ---. Loopholes, malpractice limitations will go under the knife. Closed the door on privatization of SS. He wants to simplify gov’t organization, get rid of duplicated authority. Gov’t reduction and reorganization. And again, transparency. Where’s the money going? Pork reduction, maybe---. Earmarks will be vetoed. Says that US prestige and honor has been restored around the world. He should read the foreign press. Acknowledged muslims as part of the fabric of US culture. Still gonna smack down al khaida and the Taliban. World wide arms reduction is coming, both as a money saving effort and (allegedly) the weapons are no longer needed because of peace breaking out all over under US leadership of a coalition. And yet, he promises the military more support. Two Generals in the front row sat thru the standing ovation when he mentioned DADT with their hands in their laps. NOWHERE was there a financial presentation to show where we are. The whole thing was cheerleading and forward looking statements. +++++++ Pelosi knew when the camera was on her. Botox grin. At least we were not treated to one of her jackinthebox tricks.