If you can stomach it, listen to two of Obama’s prior State of the Union addresses in a row. It doesn’t matter which two you pick.
You’ll notice an incredible amount of overlap between the problems outlined and the promises made to solve them. And that’s because every SOTU is pretty much identical, plus or minus a few recent problems.
And it’s not hard to see why – nothing actually gets done.
Don’t believe me? Here are 140 unfulfilled promises from past SOTU addresses, as sourced from Weasel Zippers.
Given Obama’s goals, we should be thankful that he doesn’t make good on his promises. We’ve already a sizable percentage of prisoners released from Guantanamo Bay head back to the battlefield to fight against the West – we should be glad he hasn’t closed it despite it being a policy he campaigned on. And what of those promises he has made good on? He campaigned on bankrupting the coal industry, and it making good at that promise. Publicly traded coal companies have lost 90% of their value since 2011, and the industry has shed 50,000 jobs in the past five years. Yikes.
There are plenty of more productive ways to spend your time this evening. I particularly recommend “literally anything else.”
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]