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As President Bush prepares to tell the American people that the State of the Union is strong, our nation stands divided at home and weaker abroad. The administration’s extremist policies – driven by ideology, and not facts – have hurt hard-working families and failed to make the American people safer than we were one year ago.

At home, we are a country divided between an elite that has seen its taxes cut and can afford private health care and schools and the hard-pressed middle class which has fewer job opportunities, and declining access to quality health care and education. This administration has let special interests rewrite the laws in their favor, with citizens and the public interest relegated to second-class status. More…

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