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    Theme for SOTU Address: Can We Talk?


    Tuesday  night, President Barack Obama for the fifth time during his  Administration will present his State of the Union Address to a joint  session of Congress, the Supreme Court justices and the American people.

    Early  reports are that the President will focus on three main issues:  extending long-term unemployment benefits, job creation and immigration  reform. Those same reports also note that the President is making it  known that if Congress will not go along with his agenda, his game plan,  he will bypass Congress with executive orders and using the phone to  call business leaders and others outside of government to progress his  outline for the coming year.

    To  me, the President should focus on one main idea - talking withe members  of Congress to reach a meeting of minds for the good of the nation. Not  just talking to Democratic members, but also the President needs to  talk to Republican members.

    Threatening  to act whether Congress agrees or not is no way to get either  Republicans or Democrats, who also were elected to their office, to do  anything more than resist. You can't compromise unless the two parties  sit down together and talk.

    What  I want to see and hear in the State of the Union Address is a pledge  from the President, whether he feels awkward doing it or not, to meet  with leaders of both chambers of Congress from both parties regularly to  hammer out differences and find a way to focus on what is best for the  nation - not a party, not an ideology, not a legacy.

    If there is to be action, there has to be talk.

    From  the Republican response to the State of the Union Address, I want to  hear Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers pledge that her party and its  leaders will also agree to sit down and talk with the President and his  Administration for the good of the people - not a party, not an  ideology, not the upcoming Mid-Term Elections.

    From the Cornfield, I want to hear the President and Republicans answering, "yes", when asked, "can we talk?"

    What do you want to hear from the President and the Republican response?

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