State of the Union

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In President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday, he will reiterate his ambiguous promises to his believers; embellish his accomplishments and blame the Republicans and his predecessor for his inability to deliver on promises.

More valuable to the citizens of this country, regardless of party affiliation, would be if the president would give an accounting of his performance as the CEO of the executive branch. Did each department or agency fulfill its mission? What is their budget and did they come in under or over budget? Can they account for their expenditures? Have all political appointees paid their federal income taxes?

He should address the scandals in the General Services Administration, Secret Service, National Weather Service, IRS, FBI, Defense Department and State Department. What action is he going to take for getting the American working class back to work with a livable wage that can sustain a family? When will he bring manufacturing jobs back to America? Does he have a plan to end the economic malaise?

As a citizen, I want an accounting of his performance in plain English, not political-speak, lawyer-speak or ambiguous campaign rhetoric.

-- Paul Weirether, Arlington

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