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Speeches revealed
 party priorities

Speeches revealed
 party priorities

To the Editor: 

Given the current events many may have missed both the State of the Union and the Republican rebuttal. The combination was a contrast of content and a case study in irony. As is always the case, the rebuttal has less time, but is still an opportunity to present general policy issues. 

The contrast was breathtaking. Biden presented both general policy issues and specific actions. Among the latter was making available free COVID tests at pharmacies along with the new pill for treating COVID to minimize the possibility of a serious illness. Biden also proposed limiting the price gouging by big pharma for drugs, such as insulin, so families don’t have to choose between food or medication. The bulk of the talk was about the future and how to make life better for Americans. 

The Republican governor of Iowa tended to focus on the past and solutions that have not proven to be either economical or as positive as initially thought — such as biofuels. She also alluded to Republican grievance issues but did not explicitly state them. 

The biggest irony was references to “conservative leadership” — which based on observation is nonexistent. The only thing that resembles Republican leadership is not following COVID-19 recommendations as indicated by empirical evidence. Mitch McConnell has explicitly stated that the Republican Party has no policy issues or priorities until after the election of 2022. A case of “elect us and find out” is not reassuring. 

The Republican rebuttal included the need to “take care of each other” — another irony. Republican legislators in Republican controlled states are trying to restrict voting rights and suppressing minority populations. Maybe she just meant taking care of white folks. 

Nothing in the Republican presentation mentioned anything about Russia attacking Ukraine. This is understandable since Trump called Putin a “genius” and his former secretary of state was effusive in his phrase of Putin’s intellect. Prior to Putin’s naked aggression and probable war crimes several other Republicans including Sen. Ted Cruse and Sen. Marco Rubio have made statements seeming to favor Russia. Even Fox News hosts openly stated that the were on Russia’s side. 

In short, the State of the Union was a case study in forward thinking policies along with some specific examples of how the American public could be served by the federal government. In contrast, the rebuttal was a warmed-over collection of platitudes and no substance. 

Norm Hoffman 

Waynesville 

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2 comments

  • You have got to be kidding. Biden and his ilk have destroyed this country in a year. Runaway inflation, the border crisis, the stock market crash - I could go on and on. Your journalists must live in a parallel universe. The democrats are destroying our country but your people keep drinking the koolaide. Enjoy it while you can because the Dems are on their way out.

    posted by Patti

    Saturday, 03/26/2022

  • Norm Hoffman, are you happy with the current policies of Joe Biden and how they are affecting everyday Americans? Be honest. Do you know only 40% of Americans approve of Joe Biden, according to the latest Reuters poll. And that number is precipitously dropping as we speak. 'C'mon man' . Remember what George Orwell said.... 'A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves and traitors are not victims but accomplices.'

    posted by Lucille Josephs

    Friday, 03/25/2022

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