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Recorded on January 26, 2011

It's time for common sense; I'm Ernest Istook.

As always the state of the union speech gives the president a national platform to appear, well, presidential. Because he gave only broad statements and no details, President Obama had his chance to make his appearance a pep-rally led by him. The all important details won’t be made public for another three weeks when his proposed budget is released to the public. So Obama was able to speak in contradictions, talking about controlling spending at the same time he promoted additional spending- which of course he labeled investments instead.

We heard more platitudes than actual policy from the president. But when you have the stage to yourself, you can avoid the really tough questions. Has the president changed his agenda? Unlikely. His vocabulary may be different but his policies, well, they sound the same.

For common sense, from The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.