This in response to Phil Graf's letter on Feb. 17 concerning the president's State of the Union speech and Sen. Marco Rubio's response. Please pass the Kool-Aid. The opposition response to the incumbent president has been historically held without an audience, Democratic or Republican. However, I do agree with Mr. Graf's position on this as Sen. Rubio would have knocked it out of the park with a partisan audience like we saw with the president.
Look closely at this State of the Union speech and you see Democrats jumping for joy along with all his invited special guests as the Republicans were cringing in their seats. You think the opposite might not happen if Sen. Rubio gave his speech to the same crowd along with his invited special guests?
If you did not get enough gibberish, you need to pay close attention to what the president actually said. He proposed 39 new federal programs that won't cost us a dime -- where have we heard that before? Money does not grow on trees, but it does come from your pocket, China or fairy money by increasing the federal debt. Again, please pass the Kool-Aid.
His makes claims of an economy on the move, but just check the foreclosure notices in the Daily Herald, often more than three pages full. Unemployment has been at near 8 percent or above since he took office, $4 for a gallon of gas and a shrinking GDP. What arrogance! He "speaks" a great game but he fails to deliver on most counts.
This State of the Union speech was a "comfort food" oratory to his base designed to further split this country that we have heard far too often.