Eshoo finds few surprises in 'exceptional' State of the Union

But Congresswoman disappointed President Obama did not address 'tsunami' of corporate money in politics

U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, said President Obama threw down a "challenge to the Congress" in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.

"He said to the legislative bodies, 'Send these bills to me and I'll sign them," Eshoo said of the President's references to tax simplification and immigration reform.

"He let Congress off the hook by not calling them a 'do-nothing Congress,'" she said.

"I think it was quite a night, and an exceptional speech.

"The theme of building an America to last is highly appropriate, a confidence-builder for the country, and he pointed out how to do it. He brought forward great examples from our society -- the team that went in to take down Bin Laden -- and how nothing could come between them, which is why they were successful.

"He used that as a powerful analogy to the Congress and to the country."

Eshoo said she found little that was surprising in the speech, adding that she looks forward to hearing what the President promised to announce today (Wednesday) on new remedies for the foreclosure crisis.

She said she was disappointed that Obama did not announce he had signed an executive order concerning the "tsunami of money that's washing through the (political) system" in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's 2010 ruling in the Citizens United case that prohibited limits on independent political spending by corporations and unions.

Eshoo has urged Obama to issue an executive order requiring companies doing business with the federal government to disclose their political contributions.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff


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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

I agree with Eshoo that there was little surprising in the speech. It was a tired litany of special issue pandering and tinkering with the tax code.

Sadly, there is no hope that either Romney or Gingrich would do any better - they would merely replace one flavor of buffoonery and cronyism with another.

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Posted by Noturbuddypal
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jan 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

Sadly, Ron Paul is the only candidate that will make any difference. And since the sheep of this country can't see that, we are hosed. Keep voting along party lines ,sheeple. You get what you deserve - no jobs, no leadership and no change.
This country is a joke.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jan 26, 2012 at 8:07 am

Congresswoman Eshoo is correct when she said "few surprises" especially when you recycle the same message year after year.

Time to replace the broken record.

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