Congressman Kanjorski gives a classic understated but devasting response:
"I am pleased to have attended President Bush's final State of the Union address. Of the many issues that the President covered, the economic stimulus package received a great deal of attention. In addition to discussing the many implications of the slowing economy, the President also recognized that the stimulus package was developed through bipartisan negotiations. Had this process been utilized during the past seven years of the Bush Presidency, then perhaps we could have helped prevent the economic slowdown and the stalemate in Iraq."
Congressman Carney still talks about the fantasy of the bipartisan way:
Washington, D.C.—Congressman Christopher P. Carney issued the following response to the President’s State of the Union address tonight:
“Tonight’s State of the Union address included a number of points that I believe will affect our country: the stimulus, the bipartisan way forward, and the future of the War on Terror.
“The stimulus is a step in the right direction, but we still need permanent middle class tax cuts. We must fight for middle class tax cuts, and I hope the President will do more to provide tax relief for working families—not just the wealthiest Americans. This stimulus does help—in a tough economy, every bit helps, but we must do more to protect our seniors who are on fixed incomes and need help, too. Finally, we must do more for small businesses that are backbone of our community.
“I do hope the President will continue to move the country moving forward in a bipartisan manner. As someone who has really reached across the aisle to bring people together to get things done, I am glad to see the President willing to work with Congress in a bipartisan way. Thank goodness we have come together to help middle class families in Pennsylvania with this stimulus package. In tight times such as these, every little bit helps.
“As someone that has spent a significant portion of his adult life fighting al Qaida, I believe we should be focusing our military efforts in Afghanistan. I have urged the president to take the war to the root of terror in Afghanistan. I’ve been to the White House; I’ve spoken with the President on this matter. The War on Terror must be fought on all sides, and Afghanistan is still unstable. America has the greatest military in the world; we must give our troops the resources to fight the War on Terror in places like Afghanistan where our National
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