Chris Cillizza at The Washington Post wrote today that President Obama’s State of the Union had all of the hallmarks of a “bipartisan, let’s-do-the-right-thing-for-America tone that characterized his 2008 presidential campaign”–albeit with a sharper edge.
Long Island Congressman Peter King doesn’t think however that any exhortations from the president are necessary to cure the gridlock–indeed, the next election should take care of that.
“In ’06 and the American people elected Democrats, many of them liberal Democrats. In 2010 they elected a large number of Republicans–many of them very conservative Republicans and they came to Washington with definite views and commitments to make to their constituents,” he told a local TV station. “You have these two immovable objects thrown together because of democracy… and maybe we should let the American people decide which direction we want to go in because there are two very different views in Congress, and ultimately it’s going to be decided by an election.”
Mr. King knocked the president for failing to mention any thing he has pushed for the last four years, but did say he thought common ground could be found on the payroll tax cut and around defense issues.
But, he added, not around Mr. Obama’s call for tax cuts on the rich.
“He seemed to say that if you make more than a quarter million of dollars a year that you are wealthy,” the congressman said. “That will affect many people in New York, not just affect them it will affect the businesses that have less money that will be available to spend. I am very concerned about the president taxing the so-called wealthy when in New York $250,000 is not wealthy at all.”
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