- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 28, 2010

POST-SPEECH MALAISE

Hallelujah. All that rescuing and rebuilding and restoring is over. The State of the Union speech is history, and now President Obama will get down to business and make everyone’s dreams come true.

Or not.

“I think the White House’s biggest problem is that they govern in campaign mode, and that just doesn’t work in day-to-day operations. They were in campaign mode before the speech, they’re in it after the speech. Mr. Obama is still running for office - but that’s a race that was over last time I checked,” Stephen Green tells Inside the Beltway.

He is a commentator for Pajamas Media who also blogs under the name Vodka Pundit.

“The big ‘fix’ Mr. Obama has in mind is to bring back David Plouffe as an adviser. But Plouffe is the ultimate campaign guy, and I seriously wonder if he’s the right guy for the job,” Mr. Green adds. “I hope they can get out of campaign mode. The government does have to function, after all. And we can’t keep having all these gaffes all the time, though I have to say, it keeps people like me employed.”

POST-SPEECH ADVICE

There are those who have words of wisdom for President Obama.

“We should rededicate ourselves to the proposition that America is a beacon of freedom for free peoples of the world, and that being true to that proposition means supporting free peoples, not coddling or giving comfort to dictators,” says Heritage Foundation president Edward Feulner.

“Be a war president 24-7-365. Commit yourself to helping, rather than hurting, our economy 24-7-365. Every moment of every day, you should be working to defend the nation, protect our liberties and promote American prosperity. Your resolve must not waver. Your commitment should not falter,” Mr. Feulner adds.

“If you devote all your attention to letting our private sector create jobs at home and achieving victory overseas, we will enthusiastically support your efforts, and the State of the Union in 2011 will be far better.”

CUTTING EDGE

Use a hatchet, use a scalpel. Just make those cuts, urges the Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW), which has released the “2010 Prime Cuts,” a compendium of 763 waste-cutting recommendations that would save taxpayers $350 billion in the first year, and $2.2 trillion by 2015.

“Taxpayers now recognize that President Obama and his congressional allies will say anything to sound fiscally rational, but their actions tell a different story,” says Tom Schatz, the nonprofit’s president.

The guidelines are excruciatingly specific. Among myriad things, the CAGW advises the Department of Health and Human Services to eliminate anthrax vaccine research, which could save $8 million a year. They also recommend that the Department of Defense nix the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the “Future Combat System” and the entire Selective Service System.

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