Politics Jim McDermott Responds
posted by January 23 at 19:28 PMon
Congressman Jim McDermott just sent us his response to the president’s speech, and he’s willing to answer questions from our Slog readers. Put them in the comments starting… now.
I wanted to take in the President’s speech tonight like the vast majority of Americans, so I chose to watch in front of a television set instead of the inevitable pomp and circumstance associated with hearing a State of the Union Address in person in the House.
Before the President finished the first page of the speech, I wondered if the President was aware of what the American people said at the polls in November. He announced he was staying with his convictions—stay the course even after the American people demanded he change course for the good of the nation.
The number one issue facing this nation is Iraq, but the President chose instead to talk about earmarks and judges and a host of other issues before he mentioned Iraq. He simply cannot face the crisis before us, a war claiming more American lives every day.
For me, the State of the Union begins and ends with solving the Iraq War and I heard nothing tonight to make me feel optimistic that this President will ever face the truth about Iraq. If the neocons started this war, the President gave us a neocon job tonight.
I’ll blog more as you respond to my initial thoughts.
McDermott’s answers to Slog questions:
How will the president pay for an additional 92,000 soldiers?
Posted by Greg | January 23, 2007 07:33 PM
McDermott: The President has no idea except to drill deeper into debt.
An interlude, via McDermott’s press aide, via his Blackberry:
We are in statuary hall, ringed with tv cameras for instant analysis. A print reporter sees Jim is blogging and is taking notes about The Stranger now. Reporter is from National Journal and she is asking about health care, and you all.
And now, more Q & A:
How will the president balance the budget and pay for a trillion dollar war?
Posted by dental.demolition | January 23, 2007 07:38 PM
McDermott: He simply cannot do it. If he puts the war into the budget, he breaks the budget. It’s disingenuous and impossible, at least the way he described it tonight.
What do you believe the house democratic leadership is willing to do to bring this war to a conclusion?
Posted by golob | January 23, 2007 07:42 PM
With help from public, we will put more pressure on President. We will pass a non-binding resolution stating our opinion of the president’s war plan, and we will introduce legislation to require him to come back to Congress for approval if he wants additional money for the war. The mood of the speech was filled with arrogance and stubbornness and the American people saw it.
Are the Democrats going to support the renewal of the No Child Left Behind Act? After working in the public schools, all I saw it do was stress out teachers to get good test scores. It didn’t help the students at all.
Posted by Marcy | January 23, 2007 07:53 PM
McDermott: We need to do more. We should be investing in our future. This President never funded it fully in any budget. We are going to look carefully at it—fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.
While the president’s plan for providing tax cuts appears to be great news for those who make enough money to afford extraordinarily expensive private health plans… it appears to be very bad news for anyone who is still lucky enough to still get employer sponsored healthcare or who do not make enough money to afford health insurance in the first place. After all, you don’t get the tax break if you can’t afford the insurance in the first place.
How would you propose solving the healthcare crisis in America or at least stop it from becoming worse?
Posted by Pack | January 23, 2007 07:53 PM
McDermott: You got it. This is health care for the rich and health prayers for the rest of us. As for solutions: Univeral health care. We can start by insuring every child and every person over age 50.