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State of the Union: A Harbinger of Things to Come?

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Portland, OR
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    President Obama took the stage for his first State of the Union Address of his second term and did not disappoint. From liberal calling cards like immigration, education, gun, and tax reform to a bi-partisan group looking into problems with voting. It was a speech that meant to show the human side of the decisions that our congress makes and one can only hope that it may spark an awakening in this country. I know many will call me naive, but I am just fine with being so. I am a perpetual optimist and will always be.

    The President laid out the vision that he has for the country and I'm cautiously optimistic that his 2nd Inaugural and this State of the Union Address is just a harbinger or things to come. The State of Our Union is strong and we must realize this again. Sure, there are many areas where we disagree with one another, but we can not give up on the idea that a progressive society and world can thrive if we just put the effort in to make it happen.

    Thoughts on the speech and how President Obama's second term is getting started?
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    I think President Obama did a good job of presenting things which are need. Ryan was a little faster than I thought he would be on a response while others being slower with their comments. I particularly liked the remark of Ryan as he said the President is treating them as enemies. If the Tea Party’s extremism doesn’t provide the feeling that they and the president are enemies, their attitude makes them appear to be enemies of Democracy.
    I continue to say that our Government is too Big with duplication of duties and in many instances, several agencies having the same function, being nothing more than wasteful spending. Congress should be looking at streamlining the government or that might be better handled by the President.
    Back to Ryan. I like had to chuckle at the remark he made about President Obama being in Campaign Mode. How many politicians are not always in Campaign Mode? I’d say that has to be a small number. I can only think of one. Somerville, MA had a, I believe he was Treasurer, and never ran a campaign. When asked why he never campaigned his comment was, “With a name like mine why should I waste the money.” His name was John F. Kennedy.
    The State of the Union is now history and two items should be noted. The address by President Obama and I nay be wrong but during the long drawnout period before the address I think I saw a smile on the face of the Speaker od the House. I'm not sure, it could have been gas.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Jared -- Yes, I agree...it was a shopping list of well thought out proposals mostly liked by the Democratic base, but realistically many of the proposals might die in the House if not filibustered in the Senate. Nevertheless, if President Obama keeps many of these proposals front and center as he travels the country, it can force many up and down votes and then come 2014 those Representatives will have their votes to explain to their constituents. Sure many of the far right that live in "safe districts" won't be fazed...business as usual. Obama needs to isolate and label them as the "far right fringe" and get on with the business of working with moderate Republicans on key issues supported by the public such as gun safety legislation, comprehensive immigration reform, Violence Against Women act, and more.

    If he can split the Republican vote again and again, then the effectiveness it showed in Obama's first term to block any and all legislation through tactical means will be a thing of the past. The Republican Party is on shaky grounds right now with the Karl Rove faction going against the far right fringe. Obama needs to exploit that divide while the wound is open...keep festering it.
  • Independent
    New Hampshire
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    You give the American people much more credit than I do. The message of the Tea Party hit home to many. "It's my money and I want to keep it." I was surprised no one pointed out that comes from a TV ad, "It's my money and I want it now!"
    About 1970 I decided to take an English course and the first assignment was to fill in the blank and write.
    "The greatest driving force for man is _________." I filled in the blank with "Greed". I never saw an instructor get so upset. It was the only paper she read in class. I shrugged it off as hitting a sore spot.
    Remember the actor that could do nothing wrong. I hate to call him an actor because most people that watched movies he was in watched because of the others. I still think George Murphy was great.
    Back to Ronnie, no respect intended, he started out as a Democrat, later after the change put California on the brink of folding and people thought he was wonderful. I’m not sure what Nancy did to him; but I can imagine her saying, “If you want that to happen again you’ll have to become a conservative Republican.” “I can do that, I can do that!” Hell, he was the head of the Actors Guild, a union.
    The cost of living numbers dropped and again he was a hero. Did they really drop? Yes the numbers dropped but the cost of living continued to climb. His administration had removed items with major price increases and replaced some with items which did drop.
    It really doesn’t matter what a member of Congress does or does not do in office. They wait until election time and cry, “Big Government is taking MY money and I want to keep it.” They really don’t care about anything or anyone, only themselves. People will vote for their message.