John Stossel | A Real State of the Union

We’ve heard another State of the Union speech, and my president said grand things like:

"Think about … a future where we’re in control of our own energy … I will not cede the wind or solar or battery industry to China … I will not back down from protecting our kids from mercury poisoning …"

Actually, he said that in 2012. I write before this year’s speech, but he says basically the same thing every year: With more spending, government can fix everything.

But I have this dream — one where my president walks to the podium, and he instead says this:

I’m so happy I won again. Now that I don’t have to suck up to my base, I will be the grown-up in the room.

Yes, I know John Boehner claims I said, "We don’t have a spending problem." Maybe I said that — I don’t remember. But we do have a spending problem.

Now that I’m concerned about my legacy, I looked at the numbers, and they are scary. I made so many promises that there’s no way we can pay for them.

Take climate change. I think it’s real and that man contributes, but even if America spent trillions to try to lower our carbon output, that would only make a microscopic change in world temperatures. The earth wouldn’t notice.


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