Tonight’s the annual ritual of the president coming to the Capitol to deliver the annual address. It’s a big production number, and we all pretty much know how it goes: the president will make a few self-deprecating jokes, he’ll point out a guest in the audience, and then he’ll propose a list of ideas and policies that will get polite applause, and then we’ll all go watch the talking heads until the Republican rebuttal comes along.
Nothing will happen with the president’s plans, by the way, especially with this Congress. They decided six years ago today that they wouldn’t do anything that President Obama asked for and that’s not going to change now that the Republicans are in the majority.
So why does he bother to ask for higher taxes on the rich, tax cuts for the middle class, infrastructure repair, and other dream ticket items for the Democrats? He knows none of them will pass. And doesn’t he know that even if the GOP agreed with some of the items — who can argue with free college? — they wouldn’t touch them because they’re proposed by That Man.
I think there are two reasons why President Obama is going to come out with a big list of to-do’s for the Congress that won’t go anywhere. It will show the audience — the ones not in the chamber — that he’s still got game and ideas, and he’s not about to give up, and that he’s not going to sign whatever cockamamie stuff the Republicans have cooked up. Oh, the president may talk nice about working with the Republicans, but they won’t work with him and so there you have it. We’re back to the way it’s been for six years as of today.
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