President Barack Obama's recent State of the Union speech was a blatant, unvarnished campaign address. It was less a report on the state of the union and a call for legislation to improve it than an appeal to voters to re-elect him this fall.
But there is only one way Obama will win in November. That is if voters succumb to the hope he will change.
There is no chance of that, as Obama indicated Tuesday. He plans to continue using class warfare as his campaign platform. He means to continue increasing the cost of government while slashing away at the rights and financial security of the very people he insists he is championing.
Then there is the matter of hundreds of billions of dollars in spending on "stimulus" and "bailout" campaigns Obama insisted would create millions of new jobs.
A month after Obama took office, promising to reduce unemployment, the national rate was 8.3 percent. Now it is 8.5 percent.
Like many Americans, a substantial number of voters in our states hoped Obama would bring beneficial change to our nation. But the only hope we have now is for real change - in the occupant of the White House.