“Libertarians Hate Every State Of The Union Address”

The Cato Institute crew dissects the State Of The Union address:

I pretty much agree with everything that’s said in this video.

H/T: Megan McArdle, from whom I got the post title

FILED UNDER: Barack Obama, Politicians, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed for too young in July 2021.


  1. EddieInCA says:

    “Libertarians Hate Every State Of The Union Address”

    I think you misspelled…

    “Libertarians Hate Everything”

  2. Axel Edgren says:

    I will try to stomach this, to see if they surprise me.

    “Could he mean that the federal government is the parents and the people are the children? But America is about individuals and limited government!”

    “Lol Obama got a stimulus [that was too small and included unnecessary tax cuts] but unemployment is still high! He failed! We need less taxes and government!”

    This is in the first two minutes, so naturally I stopped the video and will continue to veto every attempt by CATO to inflict more self-righteous hectoring on me.

    Doug, shame on you for failing to criticize their lame and essentially religious critique.

    I NEVER trust libertarians. That video showed me why – they are basically members of a secular religion.

  3. David says:

    State of the Union speeches are nothing more than political stump speeches, especially after a midterm election when party loyalists need to be rallied, reassured, whatever. Same holds for the “official” response. They’re both straight out a campaign’s talking points — all rhetorical garbage and presumption.

    The only thing I ever want to hear from a President’s mouth during the SotU is, “We’re doing awesome, and there’s nothing the government is going to do about it.”

  4. wr says:

    Eddie — It’s a vicious canard that libertarians hate everything. They just hate everything that has to do with human beings.

  5. Mithras says:

    Oh yeah, get government out of the way and let the free markets solve everything. That always works.