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You’re Getting Very Sleepy (and Very Poor)

So President Obama’s speech was so riveting it failed to keep his vice president awake. This video shows Joe Biden catching a power nap while the president talks about winning the future.

It’s easy to make fun, but this is the sign of a successful Obama budget speech. His goal was to lull Americans into a state of supreme tranquility regarding what is actually a pressing crisis. How else could he sell a plan to bring down the debt via increased spending on high-speed rail, high-speed Internet, and universal healthcare? Hypnosis is just about his only shot. So, if you don’t want to face up to our national fiscal catastrophe, make like the vice president. Focus on the soothing sound of Obama’s voice, let your eyelids get heavy, and drift off to calming visions of an infinite American safety net.