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What You Need to Know About the State of the Union

State of the UnionTalking about politics is a touchy thing (and we don’t try to hide that we’re pretty liberal here at Intent – but we do promote listening to contrary opinions with an open ear and encourage healthy, respectful debate!). However, the annual State of the Union address isn’t really about which side of the aisle you vote for – it’s about civic responsibility to  be informed about the state of affairs of the country.

Last night the President covered several important topics from raging minimum wage, increasing America’s clean energy initiatives, creating greater access to higher education and ending the war in Afghanistan. He repeatedly called out Congress’ tendency to gridlock in debate rather than create legislation to help Americans move out of a recession and lead the way in the 21st century. He also re-iterated on several fronts, including minimum wage and infrastructure policy – that he will take whatever action he can without legislation to promote American progress, circumventing the roadblocks often created by tension in the House of Representatives.

The President’s most powerful moment however came at the end of the address when he called out  Sergeant First Class Cory Remsburg who was severely injured during his 10th deployment to Afghanistan. After being hit by a bomb while on duty, Cory was left unable to speak and barely move. After dozens of surgeries, hours of grueling physical therapy today, Cory has relearned to talk, stand and walk. He still has trouble with his left side but he and his father were both present for the State of the Union address. His presence garnered an extended applause and standing ovation from the entire assembly. “Cory reminds us what is best about America,” the President said.

If you missed the State of the Union, we’ve compiled some of President Obama’s most compelling quotes from last night:

On Congress’s responsibility to the American public: “If our business is shutting down the Government or ruining the good faith and credit in America then we are not doing right by the American people.”

On creating a bi-partisan Federal budget: ‘The budget compromise should leave us freer to focus on creating new jobs, not creating new crisis.”

On American wages: “But Americans overwhelmingly agree that no one who works full time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.”

On American troops and military involvement abroad: “I will not mire our sons and daughters in open ended war entanglements. We must fight battles that need to be fought, but not those that terrorists prefer for us. America must move off it’s permanent war footing.”

Closing statement: “If we work together, if we summon what is best in us, with our feet planted firmly in today but our eyes cast towards tomorrow, I know it is within our reach.”

To see these quotes in context and to hear the President’s point by point plans for energy initiatives, healthcare progress and the path to comprehensive immigration reform you can watch the full State of the Union Address below:

What do you think of the State of the Union? Leave your opinion in the comments below. Remember to be respectful of those that disagree!

*Picture credit to WhiteHouse.Gov

Seeds: Innovativity

Seeds XI, 13

 

Seed: Innovativity

 

I first saw this word on an internal billboard of a company whose name is long-forgotten, a subcontractor on The Hanford Site in southeastern Washington. I tried to find the company on the Web so I Googled the word. There were over six thousand hits, but none of them were connected to that firm.

 

Still, the word grasped my imagination in the same way that the Disney Company’s portmanteau word Imagineering did. Disney’s word is a combination of imagination + engineering.

 

Innovativity is innovation + creativity.

 

Both are to be sought. Creativity? Of course! Innovation? Of course! I looked it up in the OED. Nothin’ doin’. What intrigues me is the order of the combination.

 

At this point in the history of the world, innovation has to lead creativity. In boom times, creativity for its own sake is valued; innovation, less so. Creativity has an element of play to it. Innovation seems like a more radical, bigger commitment.

 

The AA definition of insanity is doing the same thing in the same way over and over again and expecting a different result.

 

We are not insane. Bring on the innovativity!

 

Be joy,

 

Susan Corso

 

Dr. Susan Corso

 

Seeds are remarkable gifts. Sown in consciousness, they bring you to the most important part of your being—your Divine Spark.

 

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This crazy madness called Politics!!

 

I’m not a republican nor am I democrat. I’m just an independent who is wandering what these crazy people who call themselves POLITICIANS are trying to do? I’m surprised that Barack Obama has been able to maintain his sanity this far. First, you have politicians having affairs or either paying for escorts; second you have shady dealings such as trying to sell a senate seat for money and recognition; third you have republicans doing everything in the book besides acting like a child of God so that the new president can start his tenure off on the wrong foot; and lastly you have the president with only a few days left in office leaving the country in this big recession while he goes to his new home he just brought in Texas!
 
The whole government is just screwed up and my concern for Barack Obama is can he keep his cool with all this drama and this unorganized government? Can the democrats really bring this country back to where it needs to be? And will the good people of this country be able to trust these shady politicians? What really got me about this whole political thing was the bailout gig. It seems like once Wall Street received a bailout then everybody and their mama came out of the woodworks and wanted a bailout. The auto industry wanted money and the transit system wanted money! What are these people thinking?
 
I’m also getting tired of people complaining about everybody that Obama picks to be apart of his administration. It seems like no matter who Obama appoints, there was something wrong with his pick. They had something to say when he picked Joe Biden, they had something to say when he picked Hillary Clinton, they had something to say when he picked his chief of staff, and now they have something to say about his CIA pick. Personally, I’ll be glad when January 20th, 2009 arrives so he could go ahead and finally get into office. The uhaul truck has not even pulled up to the white house yet and he is already bombarded with all of this drama!
 
Lastly, let’s not forget about this Blagojevich and Burris scenario. Even though Burris himself is not accused of anything but the whole Blagojevich thing is just downright shady! This is a situation where you can’t even trust your own governor! And a governor who has a potty mouth like he came straight out the projects. This whole senate seat drama started because of him and now Burris is probably somewhere taking a bottle of Advil to ease the headache he has from being turned away from the senate floor! All I have to say is that I don’t know what the political world will be like over the next four years but hopefully these politicians will get their act together. But if things are still the same, we might as well just send Sarah Palin, Rev. Wright, and Jesse Jackson to Washington, DC to run things!
 
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