The Kensington Review

4 February 2005

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State of the Union: Social Security -- Mr. Bush’s State of the Union speech dealt largely with the Social Security program and the president’s desire to change it. He actually said, “By the year 2042, the entire system would be exhausted and bankrupt” without changes. Mr. Bush is noted for being disinterested in the intellectual side of his job, relying more on his instincts. In other words, he doesn’t do his homework. That character flaw, though, is the only reason one cannot call him a liar. He probably doesn’t know any better.

State of the Union: Iraq -- The President Wednesday night pre-empted Democratic demands for a timetable on withdrawal from Iraq. In the Democratic response, Stepford House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) made exactly that demand. She was wrong to do so, for reasons the president gave. But the president himself was wrong about withdrawal from Iraq. America hasn’t left Germany or Japan, yet. What makes anyone think Iraq is different?

State of the Union: Deficit -- By the time Mr. Bush got to discussing the federal budget deficit in the State of the Union, wise remote control operators had found Fox Sports World’s time-delay broadcast of the Chelsea-Blackburn Rovers match in the English soccer league. Mr. Bush reiterated his vow to cut the deficit in half by the time he leaves office. This unambitious goal ignores the hemorrhaging of money in Iraq, which is kept off the books through what can only be described as magic. This goal just isn’t good enough, and with Mr. Bush’s priorities, it is impossible.

UEFA Wants More Homegrown Soccer Players -- UEFA, the Union of European Football Associations which governs soccer in Europe, has announced new rules that require competitors in the UEFA Cup and the Champions’ League to have 4 native players in the squad of 25 for the 2006 showdown. In addition, it is asking that these rules get applied in national leagues, and that the figure rise to 6 and then 8 in the next few years. Fortunately, the 52 national soccer federations that compose UEFA have to ratify this. There is still a chance that this bad idea won’t go forward.

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