As long as we've grown accustomed to our President picking and choosing what laws to enforce, maybe we could all agree to scrap the State of the Union speech.
Or at least modify it a bit.
For example, I saw a great idea the other day - to open the speech up for questions from the floor. While the idea was floated by the Washington Post, Allahpundit at Hot Air didn't like it very much:
with 30 million people watching would be the Super Bowl of grandstanding. It would be insufferable, start to finish
I'll take my chances.
Plus, if we can run commercial breaks with Super Bowl-esque advertising, I think it's a win-win for America.
If a wide open Q&A is too much, maybe have the opposition party appoint someone to debate the President, instead of the silly rebuttals.
Another idea - we could give all the attendees those dials that pollsters use during focus groups. Turn the dial one way for a positive reaction. Turn it the other way if you don't like what the President is saying. Then, if a speech dips below a certain rating, the speech is over. No finishing a sentence. They just kill all the lights and it just stops.
Or maybe use a big gong or something.
The President would HAVE to appeal to both sides if he's going to finish his speech.
Or perhaps they could raffle off IRS exemptions every 10 minutes or so. The President would pause for a moment as the Speaker of the House randomly draws a taxpayers' name from a jar. Winners would get to avoid taxes for one year.
Look, I'm just spitballing here. I'm open to ideas.
-March 3, 2014-
3:00 -- Pete makes an uncontested arrival in the studio to discuss the Russian uncontested arrival in Ukraine.
4:00 -- More discussion on Russia's uncontested arrival in Ukraine. Plus, NC Lt. Gov. Dan Forest joins us to talk about his visit today to Asheville. Also, an update on the Kelo v. New London eminent domain case.
5:00 -- More on Russia, Russian dressing, and the horrors of Pete's childhood breakfasts. Plus, homeless Jesus statue causes outrage in Davidson, NC.
March 4, 2014
3:00 -- The Commissioner of the Southern Conference, John Iamarino, joins us to talk about the SoCon basketball tournament in town this week. Plus, the NC Democratic Party Chairman says party leaders don't "believe in the goodness of their neighbors."
4:00 -- Asheville City Council can't seem to figure out how to crack down on graffiti.
5:00 -- John Marshall joins us to appraise YOUR record albums.
March 5, 2014
3:00 -- Another delay in the implementation of Obamacare - this one specifically designed to shield vulnerable Democrats in the upcoming midterm election.
4:00 -- Jake Frankel from the Mountain Xpress joins us to talk about the latest issue on news stands today. Plus, if you think the local graffiti debate is over the "line between art and vandalism" - you've already lost the debate.
5:00 -- Sen. Kay Hagan votes to confirm to the DOJ a lawyer who defended cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. Plus, what's the difference between a hot tub and a jacuzzi?
March 6, 2014
3:00 -- Roger McCredie from the Tribune joins us to talk about the City of Asheville's attempt to take over the Pack Place building.
4:00 -- The Asheville City School Board adopts a lottery to pay 25% of teachers
5:00 -- A teachers union launches a website called "Cashing In On Kids" to attack private companies looking to educate kids. Plus, the Sicilian Space Program launches a connolo into space.
February 28, 2014
3:00 -- Russia invades Ukraine; Buncombe County Board of Elections asks to reduce its early voting hours for the primary; Kay Hagan goes to Seattle to raise money comes back a "middle-out minion"; NC NAACP President says vouchers aimed at getting poor black kids out of failing government schools is the same as 1950s white racists who tried to use vouchers to get white kids out of going to school with black kids.
4:00 -- The last time Federal agents devoted massive resources to investigating voter fraud was 1982 in Chicago, where 100,000 fraudulent votes were discovered (about 10% of the total cast).
5:00 -- The President interrupts Pete's show to express his disapproval of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Plus, voter fraud and monogamous flies.