Matt Miller
Washington Post

January 26, 2012

Before watching Barack Obama’s State of the Union address I went back and looked at some of Bill Clinton’s. Affordable health care for all. Schools that prepare every child to succeed in the 21st century. Big, new investments in R&D and infrastructure. Yadda, yadda, yadda.

… The first thing I thought was: What happened to “winning the future”? That was last year’s product. Remember all the stuff we were going to do to win the future? Affordable health care for all. Schools that prepare every child to succeed in the 21st century. Big, new investments in R&D and infrastructure.

Did that not sell? Did we “win” already, and I missed it? Well, whatever. The marketing gurus clearly decided it was time for a new, improved package. Now it’s an economy “built to last.” A blueprint for one, no less. Here’s betting that phrase won’t last to the Democratic convention. It’ll vanish into the ether, along with “winning the future” and your missing sock in the dryer.

In reality, the speech was built to blast. To blast Mitt Romney, that is. And it laid the groundwork well in this regard. Extreme inequality is a scourge. Joseph had his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Mitt has his Amazing Low Effective Tax Rate. Plus indefensible plans to lower taxes for the top further. This, when we’re headed toward what Mitch Daniels rightly calls grave fiscal danger. Romney is the perfect poster boy for extreme inequality.

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