Obama speech: We've heard it all before

A few decades ago when faster and more compact microwaves were all the rage, a local service organization held a raffle for a beautiful new microwave. Every year the same sparkling microwave was dragged out of its box and put on display, but after year after year of seeing the same machine that no one ever won, it became a local joke.

The same could be said of President Obama's State of the Union Address. This year he asked for more money to rebuild 70 failing bridges, but we've heard that line before — trillions of dollars ago, in fact, beginning with his first stimulus request.

At some point in time those 70 structurally deficient bridges ought to be fixed, just like some lucky person ought to finally be declared the winner of that microwave.

E Dee Monnen

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