Focus Point - State of the UnionCommentary by Pete du Pont
February 07, 2000
I'm Pete du Pont with the National Center for Policy Analysis. A couple of thoughts on Bill Clinton's final State of the Union Speech.
I agree with a friend who said afterwards, "Really, how can you take anything he says seriously?" and it's true; the great prevaricator has so demeaned himself that he's hard to believe on any subject.
On the other hand, I do take him seriously when he talks about spending money. As Phil Gramm put it, "Only president Clinton could propose $300 billion in new spending programs while simultaneously calling for a reduction in the National debt.
Billions for Medicare, the largest federal health initiative since Medicare was created in 1965 -- when privatizing health care would be more effective. Billions for tiny targeted tax cuts which are income redistribution -- when real, across the board cuts would really help. Billions for education -- when it's a local issue.
Bill Clinton wants your money to spend on his agenda. Here's hoping he spends a quiet last year as the lamest of lame ducks.
Those are my ideas, and at the NCPA we know ideas can change the world. I'm Pete du Pont. Next time, subsidies to American Indian tribes.