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Mac's comments about the 2014 State of the Union

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Washington, January 28, 2014 | comments
Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-Clarendon) made the following comments after the President's 2014 State of the Union address:

"Tonight’s speech did feature one great moment, and it came at the end, when everyone in the Chamber stood to salute Cory Remsburg, an Army veteran badly injured in a roadside attack in Afghanistan.  I was glad to see the President recognize this brave young man, but I don’t believe he should have waited until the end of his speech to do so.  In fact, speaking to our men and women in uniform and the rest of the country about national security is one of the Commander-in-Chief’s top responsibilities.  This President does far too little of it in my opinion.

Overall, the speech featured a lot of recycled rhetoric and campaign promises aimed at his political base rather than the whole of the country.  For example, look at his glowing comments about Obamacare.  The practical experience of millions of Americans, including folks in our area, stands in stark contrast to the President's stories.  That is part of the reason I asked one of our local physicians to join me at this speech--because he has the experience to tell the real story behind government interference in health care.

The rest of the story is the President is trying hard to remain relevant.  He knows the House will not pass a lot of his agenda and his popularity is sinking.  So he is threatening to bypass Congress.  And he is taking credit for things he has little to do with---like the success the private sector is having with energy.

In short, I think the country would be better off if the President focused on solving problems rather than the politics of the 2014 elections."
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