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Tag: State of the Union


OBAMA: It’s important to set broad goals

Re: The State of the Union address.

What is wrong with expressing a broad vision of the future? If we can’t even set goals then we get caught up in details that seemingly go nowhere. Far from being “cutesy,” as writer called it, it is an important aid as to where we want the nation to go.

Instead of constantly repeating the mantra of “no new taxes,” “no big government,” “no – whatever,” I would appreciate one major speech from the GOP that outlined Republicans’ goals for education, health care, insurance coverage, wage equality, Cuba relations, etc. It can’t just be “Don’t

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OBAMA: President laid out inspired set of goals

Michael Gerson’s criticism of the president’s State of the Union address, (column, 2-5) was predictable and uninspiring. He invoked his Republican mindset to do nothing constructive and one by one condemned each of the president’s proposals.

Gerson dismissed them as either too expensive, too driven by environmentalists, too strident, too dependent on science, too generous to immigrants/students/seniors or too ambitious for a nation in debt – in short, beyond our capability.

My take on the speech was just the opposite. It was an ambitious and inspired wish list that set our goals very high and, if accomplished, would put

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POLITICS: Is third party being born?

I noticed the newly anointed savior of Republican compatibility, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, will deliver the GOP response to President Obama’s State of the Union address. And, in my estimation, he’s a good choice – Hispanic, seemingly moderate on most issues and not an obvious puppet of big money.

But whatever policies he puts forward, however smooth his delivery and regardless of the tempting morsels he tosses to the tea party, in my opinion the GOP will remain divided. Estimates are that 15 to 20 percent of his Republican audience will represent the more libertarian tea party and they’re

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GOP: Ryan reflects Republicans’ revulsion for the poor

Paul Ryan’s speech Tuesday night helped me put my finger on the biggest difference between Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans have no faith in the American people.

Need proof? Look no further than Ryan’s rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union speech. He said: “This is a future in which we will transform our social safety net into a hammock, which lulls able-bodied people into lives of complacency and dependency.”

According to the world view expressed by Ryan, people who are unemployed and receiving assistance from the government seek no higher goals. People who are hungry and receiving food stamps

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