First, the absolute, no question about it, highlight of the night was seeing Rep. Gabby Giffords walk into the room. The cheering was loud and heart felt. And I know I'm not alone when I say I cried when I saw her.
As for the speech-
In short, if you like big government, and think that the government should control all aspects of your life while asking you to pay more for it, this was a good State of the Union (SOTU).
If you are not a big fan of big government, you probably hated this speech.
Some key points-
Without mentioning fracking, he said he wanted to open up domestic oil and gas reserves. (Also didn't mention Keystone.)
He wants to create enough clean energy to power 3 million homes a year. Let's see... that's almost enough to power my home county.
He will "create new jobs tomorrow" by putting Americans back to work repairing our roads and other blue collar work. In other words, he'll tax the rich, to pay for jobs for the middle class, that will be entirely dependent on the government now.
If government forces new regulations on Americans, it creates jobs! That's how capitalism works!
As if he hasn't already created enough big government and regulation, he wants to create a new oversight/police group. One more thing taxes can pay for. Yippee.
He wants the money we are saving from no longer being in Iraq to go to nation building here at home. Fist-bump Ron Paul.
Oh and in one of the more incredulous moments of federal government getting too intrusive he wants to "tell states" to pass a law requiring a mandatory age for students to stay in high school (18). Because federal requirements on schools has gone so well. (coughNCLBcough)
I think Hilary Clinton may be wearing a bumpit in her hair.
Also, VP Biden is going to pee his pants if he keeps drinking that much water.
I don't know who that blond chick is on camera, but she's about to nod off live on tv.
He wants to raise taxes on the rich, which is something only people who are not rich think is fair. "He has more, so he should have to share more!" How is that fair? What is fair is an equal flat tax.
And then, in the best moment of hypocrisy in a very long time, the man who cut military spending and has put a freeze on defense spending, took the glory for Seal Team Six apprehending and obliterating Osama bin Laden. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Gov Mitch Daniels of Indiana gave the GOP response. Here are some quotes from that-
"We do not accept that ours will ever be a nation of haves and have nots; we must always be a nation of haves and soon to haves."
"If we fail to act to grow the private sector and save the safety net, nothing else will matter much"
Republicans will speak for those "who believe that government is meant to serve the people rather than supervise them"
"We will advance our positive suggestions with confidence, because we know that Americans are still a people born to liberty."