This morning, the Washington Post reminds us of the many unfulfilled promises made during last year’s State of the Union address (including the weird/ridiculous Sputnik Moment):
Among the initiatives Obama promoted then that have yet to come to fruition a year later: eliminating subsidies to oil companies; replacing No Child Left Behind with a better education law; making a tuition tax credit permanent; rewriting immigration laws; and reforming the tax system.
The list of what he succeeded in accomplishing is considerably shorter, including: securing congressional approval of a South Korea free trade deal; signing legislation to undo a burdensome tax reporting requirement in his health care law; and establishing a website to show taxpayers where their tax dollars go.
One of Obama’s pledges from last January’s speech — to undertake a reorganization of the federal government — he got around to rolling out only this month. And other promises are vaguer or more long term, such as declaring a “Sputnik moment” for today’s generation and calling for renewed commitments to research and development and clean energy technology; pushing to prepare more educators to teach science, technology and math; promoting high-speed rail and accessible broadband; and seeking greater investments in infrastructure.
I have to say, I am actually pretty happy that the president failed to deliver on most of his promises.
Now the question is: What can we expect tomorrow night? The answer is: More of the same. Here is a list of things that the president will promise to do and their true meaning:
But in the end, the real question is: How much more is the president going to spend this year? The likely answer is: A lot.