WASHINGTON -- President Obama's second term wish-list -- his ideas for jump-starting the job-starved economy -- looked a lot like his warmed-over, half-baked proposals of the past.
With rare exceptions, Obama's fifth State of the Union address was a costly laundry list of more big government programs aimed at his party's political base.
More job-training programs? There are 47 different federal job-training programs right now, costing $18 billion a year, according to the General Accountability Office. And 51 other programs offer job-training assistance.
With the unemployment rate rising last month to nearly 8 percent and likely heading higher, and economic growth...