There may not be a more predictable event in American politics than the president’s annual State of the Union Address. No matter who is in office, Democrat or Republican, these annual political spectacles always unfold in much the same fashion: The president enters the House of Representatives chamber, spends what seems like eons greeting well-wishers, then launches into a speech full of political dreams for his party and agenda. Members of the president’s political party frequently interrupt in wild applause, while members of the opposing party mostly sit in silence, applauding when they must, but generally looking uncomfortable. And by the end of the address, the president has mentioned plenty of grand policy initiatives that sometimes become reality, but as often as not fail. Here are a few State of the Union promises or concepts that flopped.