But how does everything look from here, 3000 miles away from the pomp and circumstance, the partisan applause lines and the presidential shout-outs?
How do you assess the state of the union? What is your assessment of the president, the federal government and where the country is headed? How have government programs — such as the stimulus package, the first time home buyer tax credit and the bank bailout — affected your life? Are you better off now than you were a year ago? What hopes and fears do you have going into this year?
- Tom Cox: Managing consultant for Cox Business Consulting and chair of the candidate recruitment committee for the Oregon Republican Party
- Karol Collymore: Co-edior of Blue Oregon and communications and project manager for Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogan