2012-02-01 / Features

Maloney, Turner Give Varied Opinions On Obama’s Speech

BY JOHN TOSCANO


Democrat Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (Queens/Manhattan) found President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address “magnificent”, but Republican colleague Bob Turner (Queens/Brooklyn) criticized it as “more rhetoric than realistic policy”. Democrat Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (Queens/Manhattan) found President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address “magnificent”, but Republican colleague Bob Turner (Queens/Brooklyn) criticized it as “more rhetoric than realistic policy”. Democrat Congressmember Carolyn Maloney (Queens/Manhattan) found President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address “magnificent”, but Republican colleague Bob Turner (Queens/Brooklyn) criticized it as “more rhetoric than realistic policy”.

Maloney praised the president, saying his economic policies are working, we had the largest private sector job gains since 2005, and we’re creating manufacturing jobs here again.

Turner noted that the president’s speech about our country’s future glossed over the greatest threat to our nation—a nuclear Iran. He also panned recent Obama actions, such as backing off the Keystone oil pipeline project and implementing job-killing regulations, and effectively leaving our economy stagnant.

For the future, Turner said, the president plans to add more regulations, red tape and complicated tax policy. He said the president has spoken often about the importance of economic recovery, but Americans are still left with a sense of growing uncertainty.

Maloney, however, called for unity and a sense of fairness in running our government. “The notion of fairness has been left out of the agenda in Congress over the last year, and we need to change that.”

Maloney’s advice for the New Year is that “We need to work in common purpose to confront the challenges we continue to face as we emerge from the Great Recession.” The lawmaker stated, “When we work together, nothing is impossible, and we can create an economy that’s truly ‘built to last.’”

Turner, still addressing the president’s failure to address the Iran threat, and “absolutely must show the American people and our allies that he is willing to use all resources available to ensure Iran is never able to develop nuclear weapons.”

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