The President: Right on the Issues

By July 28, 2006General

bushthumb1.jpgI thought, ” said one NAM member on the way out of the President’s speech yesterday, “That he was going to call for the repeal of the twenty-second Amendment.”

“He had his Wheaties this morning,” said another.

Indeed the President was in fine fettle when he spoke to us yesterday, sounding every bit the campaigner as he ticked off a list of issues near and dear to our hearts, as Carter Wood pointed out, below: permanent repeal of the death tax, productivity, making the tax cuts permanent, renewing the research and development tax credit, the need for math and science education, health savings accounts, ending frivolous lawsuits, energy — including the need to expand nuclear energy — and (and fair) free trade.

There were many good lines, many applause lines. Early on, he said, “Our policies have worked. Let me rephrase that: Our policies to enable you to work better have worked.” He noted that since 2003, we have created 5.4 million new jobs — “more than Japan and the 25 nations of the European Union combined.”

” Manufacturing employment has increased by 18,000 over the past year,” he noted, “the largest 12-month gain since the period ending September of 1998.”

We aren’t out of the woods yet, but we are moving in the right direction, manufacturing output is at an all-time high. And the President is right on our issues.