Honesty. Clarity. Realism.
To name a few. Batten down the hatches as President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday night and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn delivers the State of the State address on Wednesday.
But are faced with the daunting, nay, the overwhelming task of trying to charm us into believing that the states of the Union and of Illinois are just ducky. Or as they'll most likely say, "Although we're making progress, there's work still to be done."
Obama's second term has been a disaster, led by the complete flop of Obamacare (oops, I mean the "Affordable" Care Act), and followed by a litany of broken promises, missteps and failures of leadership on both the domestic and national levels. Obama will seek to divert attention by calling attention to "income inequality." Never mind the bulging irony of doing drawing out attention to that: the gap has widened, not narrowed, under his leadership.
Quinn also will have to engage in massive deflection, as Illinois continues to circle the drain. Too bad he doesn't follow the example set by Wisconsin.
- Roundup of Obama job approval polls bad news for the president, RealClearPolitics.
- "Obama to launch populist assault on Republicans," in Washington Post
- On day of State of the Union, Obama to raise minimum raise for federal contract workers, in New York Times.
- Republicans, aiming to narrow gender gap, pick woman to answer Obama, in Bloomberg Politics.
- American must downsize the rich, USA Today.
- The inequality bogeyman, RealClearPolitics.
- How to make money on Quinn's state of the state address, Crain's Chicago Business.
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