davidl on January 28th, 2010

Thoughts on J.D. Salinger,  Catcher in the Rye, from Pat Austin, And so it goes in Shreveport: J. D. Salinger was not my favorite author ever, but I’m sorry he has died. I teach Catcher in the Rye to my students each year and they really like it. I used to teach A Separate Peace […]

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Eric Florack on January 28th, 2010

Welcome, one and all, to the most intense nightly read anywhere on the web; the BitsBlog Nightly Ramble. STATE OF THE ONE: If you’re interested in reading the speech, it’s here. Frankly, I had thought to do a running commentary on the speech, as I have done in previous years.  However, I got about a […]

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President Obama 2010 SOTUAs we end the President’s first year in office, we still struggle with folks on the left complaining bitterly that those of us who share a conservative ilk are out to see Obama fail.  Never mind the fact that all I seem to hear during a Republican administration is a cacophony of angry vitriol, outright lies and attempts by Congress to undermine the critical work of the President, and I’ll accept the fact that there are many on the right who see nothing but red when they discuss the current resident of the White House.  But my goal is strictly to see America — Americans — be successful, and that means that I want to see the President be successful as well.

But the President\’s speech tonight leaves me wondering. There\’s no doubt it brought a sense of euphoria to those in need, to those who continue to promote a liberal agenda. The beginning and end of the speech brought a broad stroke of hope and confidence in who we are as a nation, as any good presidential speech should.

He made some good proposals. Some of which will make Congress uncomfortable to consider. Some of which will be hard to execute. Earmark transparency. Budget freezes. Cutting programs.

He made some popular proposals. Jobs programs. Small Business Lending programs and tax credits. Tax credits on capital investments. Bank investment reforms. Additional taxation of large banks.

And he continued to press for Health Care Reform that Americans don\’t want.

I will likely disagree with much of the spending […]

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