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Telephone Town Hall

One of the principal responsibilities I have as a Member of Congress, is keeping in touch with the people I have the honor of representing. Last week I did so by holding a telephone town hall meeting, just before President Obama delivered his State of the Union Address.

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The State of the Union Address President Obama SHOULD Have Given

My fellow Americans. Well, here I am again. This is the fifth time I’ve come before you, and given a State of the Union Address. And unlike my previous four, I’m going to try something different this time. I’m going to tell you the truth.

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A Do-Nothing Congress?

At the end of last year, there were a number of stories declaring that this was the “worst Congress ever,” the “least productive Congress in history,” a “do-nothing Congress,” or worse. The stories would then usually go on and site lack of legislation passed into law, blather on about Republican/Tea Party partisanship, use the shutdown as the shining example of supposed Republican obstructionism, and basically blame Republicans for what’s wrong with Congress (and America for that matter.)

I have a different point of view.

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Fifty Years of Failure

In a couple of weeks, President Obama will be making his State of the Union Address to Congress and the nation.  50 years ago, another President, Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ) gave his State of the Union Address, just two months after the assassination of President Kennedy.

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