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The Hiller Instinct

State of the Union address

Now his speech is done, and what's ahead for Washington are three critical money deadlines:

March 1st: sequestration: 1.2 trillion dollars in automatic budget cuts. March 27th: a possible government shutdown, and May 19th: Washington hits another debt ceiling.

So how did the president relate to Republicans, some of whose votes he'll have to get to get some of what he wants?

Would he contend his common sense is uncommonly sensible, or, would he look for common ground?

At first, it sounded like the president was ready to give and get. But, then, he tried to make the democratic position on the deficit the nation's, ignoring his recent tax hike.

We all know what the political State of the Union is: divided! So what I wanted to see was which Barack Obama would give his State of the Union- the President of the United States or the President of the Democratic Party. Because, at different times, he's been both. Now his speech is done, and what's ahead for Washington are 3 critical money deadlines:

March 1, sequestration:$1.2 trillion in automatic budget cuts.

March 27, a possible government shutdown.

May 19, Washington hits another debt ceiling.

So how did the president relate to Republicans, some of who's votes he'll have to get to get some of what he wants?

Would he contend his common sense is uncommonly sensible, or, would he look for common ground?

At first, it sounded like the president was ready to give and take:

"The American people don't expect government to solve every problem," the president said. "But they do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can."

But then, he tried to make the Democratic position on the deficit the nation's, ignoring his recent tax hike.

"Most Americans, Democrats, Republicans and independents, understand we can't just cut our way to prosperity," the president said. "They know that broad-based economic growth requires a balanced approach to deficit reduction, with spending cuts and revenue, and with everybody doing their fair share. And that's the approach I offer tonight."

The president is pushing Congress to act, but he may be pushing Republicans too far to cooperate. Listening to this speech, I imagine warm weather coming to Washington in the weeks ahead, but the Federal Government is still frozen.