The State of the Union Address (SOTUA) is now last week’s history. Nearly every aspect of it has been fully dissected. For example, the National Taxpayers Union (NTU) has done a line-by-line analysis of what they call the “most expensive and widest ranging State of the Union Address yet.” They found that the “quantifiable agenda items” in the President’s proposals “weighed in at $83.4 billion.” The NTU called the efforts to combat climate change the “most costly single agenda item”—citing a “version of the ‘cap-and-trade’ bill to which Obama referred in his speech was priced at $282.4 billion...
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The utility companies and building code agencies have been working on the problem of energy waste in homes and businesses since at least the oil crisis 1970's. There is still work to be done on the older buildings, but any forward progress at this point would have to involve new measures that are known to be cost-effective, that no one has thought of before. We all know the blowhard BHO administration can no more brainstorm this problem than they can do anything else useful, so we can expect this point in the speech to be warning us of more money to be wasted on ideas that are unproven or, more accurately put, can be reasonably expected to fail their stated objectives and further bankrupt the country.
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