Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Well - that didn't take long!

As loyal readers know, I'm a big fan of checking on predictions - mine & others.
About an hour ago I made my prediction regarding the Republican Response to Obama's SOTU address.
I didn't have to wait long to find out how I did:
Republicans say nation can't afford Dem policies
By Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press Writer
– 13 mins ago
WASHINGTON – The nation cannot afford the spending Democrats have enacted or the tax increases they propose, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Wednesday in the Republican response to the State of the Union address.

McDonnell, in excerpts of his speech released in advance, said Democratic policies are resulting in an unsustainable level of debt. He said Americans want affordable health care, but they don't want the government to run it.

"Top-down, one-size-fits-all decision-making should not replace the personal choices of free people in a free market, nor undermine the proper role of state and local governments in our system of federalism," McDonnell said.

"All Americans agree, we need a health care system that is affordable, accessible, and high quality," McDonnell said. "But most Americans do not want to turn over the best medical care system in the world to the federal government."
Republicans said they want Obama to change more than his rhetoric. They complain that a $787 billion economic stimulus package enacted last year did not do enough to increase employment. And they oppose Obama's plan to let income tax cuts expire next year for families making more than $250,000 a year.

[emphasis added]
Bear in mind, this summary is based on "excerpts of his [McDonnell's] speech released in advance".

I think I did pretty well.
I bolded the elements above that agree pretty darn well with my predictions.
So far only "terrorism" has been omitted.
(I'm counting the references to federal-govt run healthcare, "the personal choices of free people in a free market", and the reference to "our system of federalism" as the equivalent of my "Socialism is evil" prediction.)

I'll see how I do when I have a transcript of the final, full response.
All I need is a mention of terrorism - and no other major inclusions - to have batted 1.000!

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