Well, that and the hangovers.
But even for those people who watched the speech sober we still think that a national day of reflection and contemplation is in order because, as always, the president has given us a lot to think about. For example in Iraq:
"The Iraqis launched a surge of their own . . . and today, this grass-roots surge includes more than 80,000 Iraqi citizens who are fighting the terrorists.Yay! Those plucky Iraqis. We knew they'd come through. After all, what's more important than national pride?
The citizens Bush mentioned are actually Sunni neighborhood-watch groups that have been hired by the U.S. military for $300 a month.Well, we're sure somebody paid Benjamin Franklin when he was our ambassador in France too, so it's not like they're just doing it for the money or anything.
Military officials said they are unsure what will happen when these "citizens" are no longer paid.Oh. Well, what are you going to do? So much of world events are beyond our control, right Mr president? Now, take the economy. There's something we can do something about, right?
"Some in Washington argue that letting tax relief expire is not a tax increase. Try explaining that to 116 million American taxpayers who would see their taxes rise by an average of $1,800. . . ."
Yeah! Right on! Let us keep the money we earn. Protect the working man, that what we're talking about!
Bush makes the potential expiration of his tax cuts sound like a big deal for the average American, but his estimate of the financial impact is skewed because the cuts have disproportionately helped the very richest citizens.
America's greatness comes from the sweat of the working man and woman's brow. That's why we need a government that...wait a minute...what?
The median American household will pay roughly $828 more in taxes in 2011 if the Bush tax cuts expire, according to the Tax Policy Center, a non-ideological think tank venture. The richest 1 percent of American households, in contrast, would have to pay an extra $64,154 a year when the tax cuts expire.They would pay 64K just in taxes? Sweet Brioni clad Jebus in a Bugatti Veyron, if that's just their tax bill, how much are the making? And more importantly, where do we get a job like that?
Excuse us. We're going to see if there's any Stoli left in the freezer.