Michael Gerson’s criticism of the president’s State of the Union address, (column, 2-5) was predictable and uninspiring. He invoked his Republican mindset to do nothing constructive and one by one condemned each of the president’s proposals.
Gerson dismissed them as either too expensive, too driven by environmentalists, too strident, too dependent on science, too generous to immigrants/students/seniors or too ambitious for a nation in debt – in short, beyond our capability.
My take on the speech was just the opposite. It was an ambitious and inspired wish list that set our goals very high and, if accomplished, would put us in first place, as nations are judged. Even if the list were only partially accomplished it would still make ours a better country. Either way we win.
It seems the greatest obstacle to this progress will be those of the Gerson school of economics who still believe in the Bush era cliché: “Reduce taxes for the job makers and cut entitlements for retirees.”
Sorry, but that’s been tried, and it only benefits the rich.