May 6, 2006

Bush's commencement address

During a commencement address at Oklahoma State University today, Bush told the kids:
"Science offers the prospect of eventual cures for terrible diseases -- and temptations to manipulate life and violate human dignity. … With the Internet, you can communicate instantly with someone halfway across the world -- and isolate yourself from your family and your neighbors."

The nation's young generation will wrestle to resolve these dilemmas, he said. "My advice: Harness the promise of technology without becoming slaves to technology. My advice is that science serves the cause of humanity and not the other way around," the president said.

The president spoke of the changes he has seen in technology and predicted dramatic changes in the future. "Some of the most exciting advances in technology you will see will be in the field of energy," he said. "When I graduated from school, cars drank gasoline.

"Last month in California, I saw cars powered by hydrogen that use no gasoline and emit no pollution. Within your lifetime, advances in technology will make our air cleaner and our cars more efficient. The gasoline engine will seem as antiquated as the rotary phone and the black-and-white TV."
How does one become "enslaved" by technology? And as far as the gas engine being as antiquated as the rotary phone, I'll believe it when I see it.

Secondly, why do I feel like the AP imbedded a random, second story into this one, regarding Bush's radio address and his promotion of the prescription drug benefit? Specifically the third and last three graphs. Gotta love cognitive dissonance.
During his Saturday morning radio address, the president urged elderly and disabled Americans to review their options and sign up for the government's new prescription drug benefit. "By enrolling before the deadline, you can ensure the lowest possible premiums and start saving on your prescription drug bills."
Bush Push for Drug-Benefit Enrollment

Under the drug-benefit program, 43 million Medicare beneficiaries can enroll in a private plan that will subsidize the cost of their medicine. The savings vary depending upon one's prescription drug needs, income and the plan chosen. Medicare officials claim the average enrollee will save about $1,100 a year.

"Competition in the prescription drug market has been stronger than expected, and costs for seniors are lower than expected," Mr. Bush said during his radio address, noting that the average monthly premium is $25 a month instead of $37 a month, as previously projected.

Mr. Bush and other administration officials are urging an estimated six million to seven million beneficiaries still without prescription drug coverage to enroll by May 15. Many people who wait until after the deadline to enroll will face the prospect of higher monthly premiums.
Why do I feel like I'm watching an old "Subliminal Man" SNL skit?

1 comment:

Jeremy said...

Ahh, yes, there is your liberal media in action.

I wonder if Bush could have gotten away with speaking at a more liberal university - say somewhere in Boston, the west coast, southern new york, etc.