Observations on the President’s State of the Union

As I dig myself out from dealing with a severe case of bronchitis – thus the few posts of the past few weeks – I thought it would be a good idea to comment on last night’s State of the Union address.

There were many key issues the President specifically mentioned, not the least of which were several key pieces of legislation he adamantly said he would veto should Congress send them his way.

There were some surprises to be sure. His statement to create free 2 year community college education was one of these. Those who’d want to participate in this would have to “be responsible” and earn this right. But it could defer approximately $3,000 in tuition per year and be embraced by roughly nine million students each year.

Also, according to news reports, was the absence of mention about the Keystone XL Pipeline, was a surprise to many.

Yet, if you were listening, the President DID mention the Pipeline, albeit in passing. In speaking about the need for infrastructure, he said “let’s set our sights higher than a single pipeline. Let’s pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that could create more than 30 times as many jobs per year and make this country stronger for decades to come.”

Is this a promise to veto the Pipeline should Congress pass this legislation? Clearly not. It may be a hopeful sign only that could evaporate under pressure yet to come. Perhaps the only option Americans have available to them to stop the pipeline is to continue speaking up, signing every online petition to stop it and keep the pressure on their legislators. Speaking up in as many ways possible may be our only hope of finally laying this environmental disaster-waiting-to-happen to rest.

One voice multiplied by tens or hundreds of thousands? Could work.

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