Gov. Nixon will give his State of the State address tomorrow night, and if previous speeches are any indication he will try his damndest to shed a positive light on Missouri’s economy.
The speech he gave last week in Excelsior Springs was by all intents and purposes considered the forerunner to tomorrow night’s annual address, and it gave great insight to what we can expect.
He won’t be talking about the unemployment rates much. His office is quick to tout them as a positive but in reality they aren’t much to be proud of... or anything to be proud of.
(In regards to that unemployment rate he did mention that it has fallen to its lowest levels in 34 months, deceptively failing to mention that he’s been in office for 36 months. Those of you with second grade math skills will see that’s not moving forward.)
He will be talking about China. A good amount. I expect him to parrot his line from last week that goes something like “Wouldn’t it be nice to have somebody in China pick up something and flip it over and see Made in Missouri stamped it?”
The line may play well, but the fact that much of what he’s referencing depends solely on the Aerotropolis deal – which is a mess – means his Missouri-China declaration doesn’t hold much water.
One thing you won’t be hearing about at all (other than Moberly) is anything too specific… like numbers.
Numbers are more or less “guidelines” to Nixon’s administration (and liberals in general).
That’s why this year’s budget is half a billion dollars short and Nixon can’t figure out a way to come up with the dough. He’s so desperate that his best idea so far has been to borrow tens of millions of dollars from Missouri’s most successful universities, a soundly defeated position from which he has since retreated.
So you won’t be hearing too much about that either.
Basically, you’ll be hearing a bunch of meaningless platitudes and half-truths and deceptive declarations all thrown at the wall hard to see what will stick, hoping it doesn’t hit the fan on the way.
Get ready for some real fireworks, political junkies… if by fireworks you mean pointless dribble from a first-term-lame-duck governor.