Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Obama on jobs, education, Iraq ... and salmon

It's not often, I'm sure, that the word "salmon" finds its way into a State of the Union address. Not to mention a salmon joke!

Here's a choice cut from President Obama's speech tonight:

We shouldn't just give our people a government that's more affordable. We should give them a government that's more competent and efficient. We cannot win the future with a government of the past.

We live and do business in the information age, but the last major reorganization of the government happened in the age of black and white TV. There are twelve different agencies that deal with exports. There are at least five different entities that deal with housing policy. Then there's my favorite example: the Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they're in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them when they're in saltwater. And I hear it gets even more complicated once they're smoked.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

But it's also not often Interior, and Commerce, have a smokin gun in that local joke, Palin's Board of Fish.

"Opinion is power."