Yesterday's SOTU was rather pedestrian. But a couple of things did catch my attention. One, was Obama's silly positive take on the economy and its "recovery." Please. It is to laugh.
Two, was his proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour to help alleviate poverty. That one was bizarre on so many levels. $9 won't do much. Why not, say, $20? That families with kids earn $14 500 a year is not the fault of rich folks or capitalism unhinged, can it be part of the issue is the PERSONAL CHOICES we make? But liberals tend to discount that. Anyway, it was a rather meek idea and points directly to Obama's rather childish views on the economy.
Three, a proposal to make available to families pre-school facilities to help prepare for the future. Just what the Americans need, yet another layer of bureaucracy not for any practical reasons but for ideological purposes. This is Obama's method of "creating" jobs.
My wife's first instinct - it should be noted she is an elementary teacher of 20 years with a Double Major and Masters in Early Childhood Psychology - was "that won't do anything. They're children. You can "educate" them to a point."
The point is pre-school kids need to be cared for, fed and above all PLAY.
You don't need a paternalistic bureaucracy getting in the middle of the educator-family relationship. Sadly, it sees no trouble in coercing itself into the doctor-patient one.
Sign of the times.
Where are you, Calvin Coolidge!
The country needs real wisdom!