HUFFPOST HILL – House Dem Not Happy With SOTU Agenda

Come 9 p.m. the nation will be transfixed by a pioneering African-American leader whose rise to power and influence shattered assumptions about just who can succeed in America. Those of us not watching RuPaul’s Drag Race 3 on VH1 will be tun…

Come 9 p.m. the nation will be transfixed by a pioneering African-American leader whose rise to power and influence shattered assumptions about just who can succeed in America. Those of us not watching RuPaul’s Drag Race 3 on VH1 will be tuned to President Obama’s State of the Union address. We still don’t know if Eric Cantor will be able to get out of the tear-soaked bed he spent the day in after Nancy Pelosi spurned his date request. Hero Intern Daniel Hernandez will be turning 21 in style alongside Michelle Obama. And journalists young and old will be drinking every time the president says “folks.” This is HUFFPOST HILL for Tuesday, January 25th, 2011:

STATE OF THE UNION TIME, BOYS AND GIRLS! POTUS TO PROPOSE SPENDING FREEZE – It’s that one time of year when America watches the same thing on television but doesn’t gorge on pigs-in-a-blanket, dip and commercials featuring talking animals and dudes with disproportionately attractive girlfriends. A perfect time, then, for the president to tell the nation that its government is cutting back — this time with a five-year freeze on non-security discretionary spending.The AP reports that the president will also put forth a proposal to cut $78 billion in the defense budget. Schoolchildren interested in learning more about this should ask their civics teachers who don’t exist anymore. [HuffPost’s SOTU Liveblog]

SPEECH EXCERPT – From the White House: “With their votes, the American people determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics. At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It’s whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It’s whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world. We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again. But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children. That’s the project the American people want us to work on. Together…Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we’d beat them to the moon. The science wasn’t there yet. NASA didn’t even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn’t just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs. This is our generation’s Sputnik moment.”

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