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Andy Stern is president of the two-million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the fastest-growing union in North America.

Not a natural disaster

In response to the On Leadership question: Imagine you are a speech writer working on this week's State of the Union address. Draft a memorable passage that would allow the president to get his leadership mojo back.

"One year ago we witnessed the near collapse of our economy. This was not a natural disaster. The fire that nearly melted down the greatest economy on earth was an act of arson.

So, first, let me be clear: We intend to pursue those who perpetrated crimes with the full force of the law; wealth inoculates no one from American justice.

The irresponsible and greedy acts of a few created great hardship for the rest of us, and now having rescued the economy from a depression, we must accelerate its recovery,

We must recognize America's greatness is neither an accident or pre-ordained. It is the result of those who came before us making tough choices, not taking chances. It was the choices of the settlers of the West, the entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, the steelworkers in Pa., and the small businesswoman on Main Street -- not the wealthy and well-connected on Wall Street -- that made America great.

And with a government that offered a hand up, not a hand out, together we created one of America's greatest gifts, the American Dream. That uniquely enduring American legacy, that each generation of children will lead a better life than their parents.

Michelle and I like most Americans are the products and beneficiaries of that dream. So tonight I ask every parent out there to pull your child or grandchild, niece or nephew close to you or text them this clear and simple message: the United States of America and the American Dream is coming back."

By Andy Stern

 |  January 25, 2010; 4:05 PM ET
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It is almost perfect, and is what is needed! It starts us away from huge greedy corporations and back to dealing with people again. It will be difficult, . . the corporations own everything and almost every Congressman. We must instill the notion of Taking Back America into all Americans.

Posted by: gkam | January 26, 2010 11:38 AM
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