The State of the Union: Random Thoughts

–When President Obama spoke against the obstructionists in Washington, my first thought was, “Oh, good! He’s going to take on Harry Reid.”

–The president can’t credibly blame Republicans for blocking his agenda, since for the first two years of his term Mr. Obama had Democratic control of the House and Senate. He got most of what he wanted: the “stimulus” program, ObamaCare (which the president was too shy to mention last night), the various bailouts, and an extension of the Bush tax cuts. Even the Democrats, however, balked at his cap and trade plan. And no one blocked him from killing the pipeline and its 20,000 jobs. He did that all by hisself.

–The president’s lingering embrace of the now-sainted Gabby Giffords was heart-warming. I just hope the unmentioned Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, recovering from a stroke this week in his Chicago hospital bed, doesn’t take his own snub personally.

–The problems facing the country are so big that President Obama has decided to hit the campaign trail immediately. With his expected $1 billion campaign war chest, I’m sure glad he spoke out against the deleterious influence of money in politics.

–While I disagree with Gov. Mitch Daniels’ insistence that we need to call a “social issues truce” to focus on our economic crisis (since, for one thing, if the Democrats refuse to go along as expected, the “truce” will be nothing more than a unilateral surrender), his short reply last night showed him to be a better noncandidate than the four candidates still in the race. If Daniels is not running, why was he on TV?

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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