Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My response to Obama's SOTU

One great thing about being a second-term President is that one can say things with worrying about re-election. (One still might have to worry about criminal charges; there are places that George W. Bush can no longer travel to without fear of arrest.)

Obama was correct to end the embargo against Cuba. But he should have closed the base and prison at Guantanamo Bay six years ago. There is no reason to maintain a military base in a country that is not our ally nor a wartime enemy. The prison was built there to promote the legal fiction that the detainees are neither POW's nor criminal suspects. As commander in chief during wartime, (are we still at war? I've lost track.) he has the authority to order Marines and sailors to withdraw from a position.

Obama has proposed that the federal government should pay for community college and daycare. He knows that this won't happen when he is still president. These are meant to entice young people to volunteer their time for the Democratic Party. Young people should keep in mind that there is no guarantee that they will actually receive these perks in exchange for their efforts. Any benefit the government provides, the government can take away.

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