EDITORIAL: Trump likes to be unpredictable, the State of the Union address is his chance to do so

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The Constitution requires that the president “shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” For Donald Trump, that “time to time” will fall Tuesday evening.

By many accounts, the state of the union is strong indeed. The U.S. economy is, in the words of Marketwatch, “in a sweet spot.” The job market is in remarkably rude health; another 300,000 jobs were created in January, beating expectations of even bullish economists. As Marketwatch observes, “the U.S. has averaged a whopping 241,000 new jobs a month since November, an unusually strong increase after almost 10 years of economic expansion that’s reduced the unemployment rate to 4 percent.” Wages are ticking upward, too. Inflation is low. Fears of a recession are receding. The stock market has rebounded nicely after a


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