The Executive Authority to Take a Drink: Reason’s 2014 SOTU Drinking Game

State of the Union addresses are sometimes
described as laundry lists, but President Obama’s speech last year
was more of a wish list — a series of hopeful ideas, most of which
had little to no chance of ever going anywhere.

The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler
looked back
at the litany of proposals from last year’s big
presidential address to Congress and found that almost no action
was taken on any of them: Just four of the 23 proposals in the
speech resulted in any completed actions. (Those that did tended to
be pretty basic stuff: the passage of a budget, the completion of a
bipartisan commission report on the voting experience in America,

Another way to put it is that last year’s State of the Union was
mostly meaningless — a grab bag of ideas that never took.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that President Obama has decided to look for
ways to go around Congress instead. With his own approval numbers
sagging, and a midterm election on the way that’s likely to favor
the GOP, he knows that his legislative agenda will probably remain
as stagnant this year as it was last.

So he’s putting together a to-do list of executive actions for
the coming year. “We’re not just going to be waiting for
legislation” he
earlier this month. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.”
And he plans to wield them both.

But first he’ll wield the power of the pulpit. This year’s
address to the joint Congress is widely expected to be built around
the theme of inequality. “Obama’s message “will place any
discussion of inequality in the broader context of shrinking
economic opportunity,” White House advisers
tell The Washington Post
. “He will seek to make his
economic policy more easily relatable to ordinary Americans,
focusing on college affordability, retirement security,
infrastructure, health care and other issues.”

In other words, another grab bag. At least we can take solace in
the hope that most of it won’t matter. 

That and a tasty beverage. Reason staffers
will be live Tweeting
and live-drinking the speech. For those
who want to play along, the rules (guidelines, really) are below.

Take a drink, and click a link, any time President Obama…

Finally, take a drink any time the cameras cut away to Chad
Henderson, the Obamacare poster boy who told reporters he was among
the first to sign up under the law but hadn’t
actually enrolled
 in health insurance.
He says he’ll be there
, as a guest of Texas GOP Rep. Steve

As always, Reason encourages drinking responsibly. How
else will you know when a politician is trying to pull one over on

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