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State of The Union — Live-Blogging It!

January 25, 2011

This year, we continue the time-honored tradition of live blogging the State of the Union address. Okay, it’s only the second year, but that qualifies as tradition, right? Anyhoo… just like last year, I will join my radio co-host Rutherford Lawson to bring you our usual wit and insight – in real time!

Hope you can join us live! If you miss the live event, you can read the transcript any time after the event.

To attend the event or watch the replay, click here.

I’m taking bets on how many faces John Boehner will make on the dais tonight & whether we’ll see tears!

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  1. January 25, 2011 5:01 pm

    Obama will echo Hamilton in the State of the Union

    During the summer and fall of 1791, while Madison and Jefferson were building up the Republican resistance, Alexander Hamilton was hard at work in Philadelphia on a number of projects, the most absorbing of which was his Report on Manufactures. Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures went further than any other report in projecting the future of the United States and its place in the world economy.

    Hamilton urged congress to promote manufacturing so that the United States could be “independent on foreign nations for military and other essential supplies.” In addition to national independence, manufacturing would provide a path to equality in the global market.

    Hamilton foresaw mass immigration into the United States and a domestic population explosion, and understood that the diverse population of the future had the best chance of widespread prosperity through a diversification of labor.

    He recommended specific policies to encourage manufactures; among them protective duties and prohibitions on rival imports, exemption of domestic manufactures from duties, and encouragement of “new inventions . . . particularly those, which relate to machinery.”

    To Hamilton the absence of substantial manufacturing in the United States was a gaping hole of opportunity that desperately needed to be filled. Congress was not as enthusiastic.

    The report was never put up to a vote. Although Hamilton’s proposals initially failed to receive support, virtually every recommendation was adopted by Congress in early 1792.

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