Last night’s State of the Union Address was mostly boilerplate Democraty feel good circle-jerky material, but there were some interesting highlights.
- The announcement of a bipartisan panel to investigate voting irregularities that led to long lines at the polls. No one should have to wait six hours in line to vote. Of course, much of this can be tied to Republican governor shenanigans (I’m looking at you, Scott Walker), but there were other issues as well. It will be interesting to see what comes of the commission.
- Universal pre-school! This would be huge if Obama can pull it off. Kids that age are sponges soaking up everything around them. Getting them into a learning environment just a year earlier than they are today will have enormous implications to every avenue of social justice.
- Raising the minimum wage to $9.00. A somewhat better living wage for all! People complain that it will cost jobs, but there is zero evidence to show this and some evidence that shows the opposite. Counter-intuitive, I know, but it’s true.
- Tying governmental scholarships, in part, to affordability of education. This is a great idea. There is some decent evidence that some of the meteoric rise in college tuition is due to the availability of governmental money. Telling colleges that they have to be affordable is a great way to rein in costs.
I hope all of the above get a vote this year. They are a good mixture of sound investments in the future and immediate economic gains.