THE STATE OF THE UNION 2011

The “new Obama”? All I saw was a dull dissembler, inadequate to the charge history’s given him. 2009 buzz word: “Stimulus.” 2011 Clinton-era revival: “Investment”. Either way, it means “massive government spending”. On what? “Within 25 years, our goal is to give 80 per cent of Americans access to high-speed rail”?

Good grief, how can even the hackiest of Big Government hacks read that line with a straight face? Or think it has any meaningful contribution to make to the crisis we face?   Mark Steyn