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.

Chris Kenrick

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Posted by Arch Conservative
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:40 am

What would you expect from our staunch Democrat "representative"? Term limits anyone?

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Posted by Arch Independent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:52 am

At least the Democrats are focused on doing something to address problems. Clowns like Boehner and McConnell are too partisan and can't seem to get out of their own way.

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Posted by Voter
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:53 am

We already have term limits. It's called voting.

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Posted by great speech
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Great speech. We all know what the country needs to do. Now the American people have to pressure congress to get it done.

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Posted by Wally
a resident of Woodside
on Jan 25, 2012 at 2:02 pm


"Term limits anyone?"

Wasn't that part of Newt's Contract on America? Got you all hot and bothered about it, promised term limits, line item veto, etc..? Before the Republicans kicked him out on ethics charges.

The GOP had both houses and the executive from 2002 to Jan 2007 and didn't bother on those or any of their other promises to their conservative base.

Have you asked them about that? Must really bug you. You seem to bring up term limits every time there's an Eshoo, Pelosi, Feinstein or Boxer thread.

The GOP sure likes to promise a lot to their sheep, ummmmm, I mean "base". Never delivered, even when they had all three branches.

Thank you Ms. Eshoo, for your service to our great country. Don't worry about Archie, he's a small fringe minority around here, no danger to good liberal causes that the Bay Area supports.

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Posted by Peter K. Mueller
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

We are really fortunate to have Anna Eshoo as our longstanding, common sense and effective representative.

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Posted by A Noun Ea Mus
a resident of Professorville
on Jan 29, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Gotta wonder about the new Tea Party faction of the Republican Party---and it's apparent gravitational pull on even so-called moderates.

It doesn't make sense. Why would they want to destroy the goose that is laying their golden eggs?

But it makes sense from one standpoint. If their real backers/impetus (not the more blue collar foot soldiers, but behind the curtain) is based on capital investors no longer loyal or identifying with any national identity---they are happy to poop where they live as long as the price of labor to fix their situation (concierge healthcare, privat security, etc is in place. The basic goal is to "starve/wreck the beast" such that the USA economy is subject to the same IMF privatization schemes forced on so many other countries (cept for Argentina and parts of South America--thank you Hugo Chavez!).

Basically make the USA--it's people and government--their bitch.

Then the pieces and prior actions seem to fit.

Except that they've created a bit of a Frankenstein situation. They have unleashed forces and ideas that might not easily be put back into any bottles.

The irony here also is that the most rabid tea party folks are often the most jingoistic nationalists (as if touting American exceptionalism---like Black Panthers of the 70's touting that they were "the vanguard")---is enough to make it so). So these folks are basically at the service of the most anti-nationalist USA forces!

Both capital and labor are becoming internationalized.

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