Analysis of President Bush’s 2005 State of the Union Address

by Demian Brady / /

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National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s State of the Union (SOTU) cost analyses detail the budgetary impact of all the actionable proposals made during the President’s annual address to Congress. Our researchers identify every policy supported during the address that could increase or decrease federal spending. We then match them with cost estimates for identical or similar measures introduced as legislation, in a previous budget proposal, or in third-party studies. By compiling each of those estimates, we are able to derive the total net cost of the agenda presented during the President’s speech.

(quoted from text)
Annual Spending Increase/Decrease
(in millions)
1“My budget substantially reduces or eliminates more than 150 government programs that are not getting results, or duplicate current efforts, or do not fulfill essential priorities.”Unknown.
2“Now we must demand better results from our high schools, so every high school diploma is a ticket to success.”$1,500
3“We will help an additional 200,000 workers to get training for a better career, by reforming our job training system and strengthening America’s community colleges.”$250
4“...[W]e will make it easier for Americans to afford a college education, by increasing the size of Pell Grants.”$2,676
5“...[T]ax credits to help low-income workers buy insurance…”$4,100
6“...[A] community health center in every poor county…”$218
7“…improved information technology to prevent medical errors and needless costs…”$50
8“...[A]ssociation health plans for small businesses and their employees…”$5
9“...[M]edical liability reform that will reduce health care costs…”($890)
10“Nearly four years ago, I submitted a comprehensive energy strategy that encourages conservation, alternative sources, a modernized electricity grid, and more production here at home, including safe, clean nuclear energy…I urge Congress to pass legislation that makes America more secure and less dependent on foreign energy…”$4,387
11“And my budget provides strong funding for leading-edge technology — from hydrogen-fueled cars, to clean coal, to renewable sources such as ethanol.”$69
12“Tonight I propose a three-year initiative to help organizations keep young people out of gangs…”$50
13“...[W]e are dramatically expanding the use of DNA evidence to prevent wrongful conviction. Soon I will send to Congress a proposal to fund special training for defense counsel in capital cases…”$236
14“I will ask Congress for 350 million dollars to support Palestinian political, economic, and security reforms.”$150
Sources: National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s BillTally, the White House, and various news reports.

Notes: Previous funding for Item 14 was approximately $200 million annually.

Historical Comparisons

President/SpeechNon-Defense Discretionary Spending (in billions)Defense/Homeland Security Spending
(in billions)
Clinton -- 1999$305$22
Clinton -- 2000$119$21
Bush -- 2002*$55$51
Bush -- 2003$46$6
Bush -- 2004$13.6N/A
Bush -- 2005$12.8N/A
* Historically Presidents do not give State of the Union addresses their first year in office (2001 for President Bush).