Md. Dems on Bush Speech
Maryland's Democratic congress members left last night's State of the Union speech predictably disappointed with President Bush.
U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Majority Leader: "I felt like the President's speech lacked a certain energy, a certain vision, a certain future looking presentation. He talked a lot about what had been done and what he proposed that hadn't been done, but there were really no long term visions for what we can do. He talked about entitlement reform, he talked about earmarks but I thought that it was a relatively uninspiring speech for a last speech."
U.S. Rep. Albert Wynn: "I wasn't really happy with the State of the Union. The President said we need to move the stimulus package quickly. That's fine but he didn't have an economic vision of how we address the root causes and the long term problems.
"He seemed pleased with No Child Left Behind but when you talk to the teachers and the parents they are very frustrated with it. Education is about more than test scores."
U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings: "In regards to the subprime [mortgage] situation, this President doesn't realize if you have two or three foreclosures in a block it has rippling effect in the entire neighborhood and I don't think that President Bush feels the true pain of the American people."
-- Hamil R. Harris
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