Karl Pilkington of the Ricky Gervais podcast, doesn't understand the adage, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones." This passage from Captain Ed's SOTU coverage might help:
8:21 - Once again, [Bush] reviews the plan for victory in Iraq. It's not that it's a complicated plan, conceptually; it's just that his opponents refuse to listen to him when he explains it, and then claims he has no plan.
[...Cpt Ed loves the SOTU so very much!...]
9:25 - So far, what we've heard from Kaine is a litany of criticisms of administration efforts, which is fine, but what we're not hearing is what Democrats propose to do in their place. No plans, no programs ... just some empty platitudes about change.
There aren't a lot of specifics in Kaine's response. Much of the speech is like this:
Over the past five years, we've gone from huge surpluses to massive deficits. Now, no parent makes their child pay the mortgage bill. Why should we allow this administration to pass down the bill for its reckless spending to our children and grandchildren?
There's a better way.
Two years ago in Virginia, Democrats and Republicans worked together to reform our budget. By focusing on results, we were able to keep the budget balanced, preserve our strong credit rating and protect the essential services that families rely on: education, health care, law enforcement.
Is that a plan for solving the federal budget deficit? Not really. It's a goal: balance the federal budget. The plan to reach the goal is to focus on results and have the right priorities. That's not much of a plan.
But look at Bush's Iraq "plan":
We are in Iraq to achieve a result: A country that is democratic, representative of all its people, at peace with its neighbors, and able to defend itself. And when that result is achieved, our men and women serving in Iraq will return home with the honor they have earned.
Again, no plan here -- just a goal. We all hope for a democratic, peaceful Iraq. It's a great goal. But Bush says nothing about how to achieve that goal.
The difference, of course, is that Bush started his war 3 years ago and still doesn't have a plan to end it. Kaine and the Democratic Party have 9 months yet before they'll have partial control over the federal budget.