Update: Statement from Congressman Gene Green, TX-29
WASHINGTON, DC – President Bush’s State of the Union address was nowhere near a home run, and I don’t know if it would be a single. He didn’t bring any new ideas to the table with Congress, instead suggesting policies that have been talked about for decades but never worked. We need more than medical savings accounts and minor tax deductions to remedy America’s ills.
Surprisingly, the President virtually ignored the economy, devoting only a couple of paragraphs to it. The economy may not be a sexy subject, but we need to get ahead of a potential downturn before it’s too late. We are capable of walking and chewing at the same time – while accomplishing our mission in Iraq, we have to make sure we have a growing economy, too. Managing meaty domestic policy is the hard part of government but the consequences for ignoring it are serious.