As the US government achieve their goals for the year of 2013?

Task:
Conduct research to formulate an opinion and answer the question above in an argumentative essay. Use specific events and/or examples from the year of 2013 to prove your argument (i.e.: Obamacare)

State of the Union 2013: President Obamaas address to Congress (Transcript)
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Guidelines:
-2 page minimum
-12 size font, Times New Roman
-Double spaced
1a? Margins
4 source minimum
-Structure: Introduction paragraph, 3-5 body paragraphs, Conclusion paragraph.
-Work Cited Page

Check List
a?Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. Explore and inquire into areas of interest to formulate an argument.

a?Introduce precise, knowledgeable claim, establish the significance of the claim, distinguish the claim from alternate or opposing claims, and create an organization that logically sequences claim, counterclaims, reasons, and evidence.

a?Develop claim(s) and counterclaims fairly and thoroughly, supplying the most relevant evidence for each while pointing out the strengths and limitations of both in a manner that anticipates the audienceas knowledge level, concerns, values, and possible biases. Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic.

a?Establish and maintain a formal style and objective tone while attending to the norms and conventions of the discipline in which you are writing.

a?Use words, phrases, and clauses as well as varied syntax to link the major sections of the text, create cohesion, and clarify the relationships between claim(s) and reasons, between reasons and evidence, and between claim(s) and counterclaim

a?Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from and supports the argument presented