SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

January 30, 2014

Anderson: The state of the speeches

It has become fashionable in some circles to not watch the State of the State or State of the Union (SOTU) performances by the governor and president.

It’s true that the typical “low-information voters” don’t benefit from watching, since they aren’t prepared to distinguish between reality and fantasy. However, this description doesn’t apply to us newspaper readers. We high-information voters can recognize the issues, note the nuances of expression, the confidence or uncertainty in the presentation, response from the audience and then from the opposition party — and this year, after SOTU, responses from various factions of the opposition party — what could be more fun?

OK, guys, never mind the root-canal analogy. Modern dentistry has made root canals painless. I figured all it took for me to get through the evening was popcorn and a few Cadbury Crème eggs. I’d planned to eat the first egg when Patrick referenced his proposed candy tax, but he never mentioned it. Did the Legislature already tell him his new taxes are dead on arrival this election year?

I did notice that his popular 2006 campaign promise of “property tax relief” is now merely “hold the line on property taxes.”

It would have been fun if he’d mentioned his new $100,000 climate-change czar, expressing his concern about global warming on another freezing Boston night. But this was another thing from his budget that didn’t make the speech.

However, I did get a kick out of the juxtaposition of his two demands: to the Legislature, “raise the minimum wage,” and to the business community, “hire someone.” He doesn’t seem to understand the contradiction.

That’s the thing with Patrick. As much as I disagree with his $1 billion in tax increases, as well as those that the Legislature had sense enough not to do, like his proposed income tax rate hike, and to repeal, like his tax on computer services, he still strikes me as a pleasant person. I think that like most liberals, he’s generally clueless rather than dangerous.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Raw: More Than 100,000 Gather for Easter Sunday Raw: Greeks Celebrate Easter With "Rocket War" Police Question Captain, Crew on Ferry Disaster Raw: Orthodox Christians Observe Easter Rite Ceremony Marks 19th Anniversary of OKC Bombing Raw: Four French Journalists Freed From Syria Raw: Massive 7.2 Earthquake Rocks Mexico Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium