★ Could the President Please Stop Making Speeches on the Economy?

I realize that the stock market isn't a perfect indicator of the economy, but it is an indicator, damn it, and every time President Obama makes a speech on his economic plan, the market plummets. That's not a coincidence. Can we please stop pretending it is?

Additionally, I wasn't terribly impressed with Bobby Jindal's delivery last night. The speech itself is very good, and I encourage those of you who haven't read it to do so, but the Governor came off as a little flat. He's not had much prior experience with the teleprompter, and is magnificent off the cuff. Take a look at this video from "The Today Show," which aired earlier this morning, for a better look at Jindal.