In State of the Union, Bush Pursues Ideological Agenda at Expense of Middle Class

The think tank I work for - the Drum Major Institute for Public Policy was up late last night working on our annual " Rapid Response" to Bush's the State of the Union address. Let me tell you- on the domestic front (which is the area we work on) President Bush's State of the Union address attempted to sell America on a full scale political philosophy; the philosophy that privatization is the answer to everything. Bush is promoting a failed ideological experiment on the backs of struggling Americans. The President's highly ideological "solutions" refuse to address the core cause of the problems the middle class is facing. I'm thinking that has something to do with how Bush's friends in the oil industry and the healthcare lobby are a huge part of why we have these problems in the first place.

Our response to the State of the Union analyzes the speech from the perspective of what is in the best interest of America’s middle class and those struggling to become middle class. We highlight specific lines from Bush's address and offer policy information, stats and facts providing an analytic counterpoint to his proposals.

Here's some highlights that show how the President's proposals fail to solve problems and if enacted would probably make things worse.

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