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Wednesday, February 02, 2005

State of the Union Address

Can anyone remember the last time such an ambitious agenda was presented in a State of the Union Speech?

Here are some highlights:

1. President Bush introduced the idea of private retirement accounts replacing part of social security and then ended with a little dig aimed at congress. "Personal retirement accounts should be familiar to federal employees, because you already have something similar, called the Thrift Savings Plan, which lets workers deposit a portion of their paychecks into any of five different broadly based investment funds. It is time to extend the same security, and choice, and ownership to young Americans. "

2. President Bush stressed the importance of tax reform. It will be interesting to see exactly what he means. I personally think he will push for a national sales tax.

3. The need to create free countries throughout the world and the following quote I think sums up why we need to stand behind this agenda. "
And because democracies respect their own people and their neighbors, the advance of freedom will lead to peace."

This speech was quite good and surpassed all of the expectations I had. If you missed it please read by clicking on the link above.



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