Five myths about the State of the Union address

  • Article by: Craig R. Smith
  • Updated: January 28, 2014 - 11:48 AM

Watched? Yes. Influential? Not particularly.

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omnipresentJan. 28, 14 1:31 PM

Given the conclusion, if Pres. Obama is going to have meaningful impact on policy, he should keep the SOTU short and focus on a single issue. Good luck with that! We're getting out of one war, but some are eager to start a new one. Let's do something unique--let's prevent a war!

Crises abound, but most are issue-oriented, so there's no shortage of issues to address: 1. Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Infrastructure. Infrastructure. Infrastructure. Raise the minimum wage. 2. Medicare for All. 3. Defend and expand Social Security benefits. 4. Protect the environment (fight against fracking); 5. Pass a new Voting Rights Act. Overturn Citizens United; pass public campaign financing. 6. Comprehensive immigration reform.

And really, Congress, you're cutting off unemployment benefits during a recovery characterized by slow job growth? cutting food support when working class income is stagnating? cutting Veteran's benefits???

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ltbsomnJan. 28, 14 2:08 PM

I for one would probably watch it if Congress wouldn't applaud or react after every sentence the President utters. It would only take about 15 minutes or less! After that, you get the so-called "expert pundits" with their take on what was said... I'd rather watch paint dry!

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jdlellis1Jan. 28, 14 5:56 PM

Constitutionally, the President is required to annually report to Congress, not stand before Congress. This pomp and circumstances ceremony has become such a "Reality TV" show, my preference would be for the President to create a report document, send it to Congress and post it electronically for citizens to read.

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ciamanJan. 28, 14 8:55 PM

I will make it a point not to watch this show again. I know what will be said by rote and the cheers will come from the far left liberals and no one else. He can speak a lot but after five years of one canard after another, I would defer my attention. Most of my friends cannot believe that the America people re-elected this blight but now understand that if the real numbers had been out then this President would have been defeated. At least we know that.

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