Commentary By Anh Lê: The State Of The Union Address Of The Impeached President
The impeached U.S. President, in this year's "State of the Union Address," tried to paint a pretty picture of the state of our nation.
The president made no mention of his Impeachment.
The president did not mention the state of disarray of our nation.
The president did not mention the political divisiveness tearing apart the fabric and foundation of our beloved country.
The president did not mention that the U.S. House of Representatives, which impeached him just over a month ago, and the U.S. Senate, will reconvene on Wednesday following "The State of the Union Address" to vote to convict him or to acquit him in the Impeachment Trial.
The speech appealed to the Republicans who support him, and who staunchly defend him during the Impeachment Trial proceedings.
However, his speech, mainly a political campaign performance read from a telepromter, did not convey to the American people the truth.
The president boasted that "years of economic decay (from the previous administration)
In fact, President Barack Obama, upon taking office, cleaned up the nation's economic mess that President George W. Bush left behind.
It was President Obama who brought our nation from the depth of the Great Recession which he inherited, to economic prosperity.
In the State of the Union Address, the impeached president said, "We will always protect your Medicare and your Social Security."
Yet, last month at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, when asked by CNBC if cuts to entitlement programs - - meaning Medicare and Social Security - - were ever to be on his agenda, the impeached president replied, "At some point, they will be. It'll be toward the end of the year...At the right time, we will take a look at that."
The New York Times reported that with the president's last budget proposal, severe cuts would be made to Medicaid, Medicare, Social Security, and the Social Security Disability Insurance program. Under the proposal, there would be $26 billion less for Social Security, including $10 billion less for the Social Security Disability Insurance program.
The impeached president ignores the intelligence and wisdom of older Americans - - who would be impacted by such cuts - - to discern the truth.
In 2018, The New York Times published an op-ed by the president on Medicare.
The op-ed was a snow job.
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Anh Lê is an independent journalist based in San Francisco.