I have never really been fascinated by the annual State of the Union address given each year by the president. The speech usually consists of a bunch of half-truths and lies, which gives people a false sense of reality in the country. Such was the case last night during President Obama’s speech to the nation. If you have been sleeping under a rock during the last 5 years and suddenly woke up and listened to the speech, you might have been led to believe that things are very rosy in this country; well millions of jobs have been created in the last few years, unemployment has dropped to its lowest level in nearly 5 years, more people now have access to health coverage and blah, blah, blah. The Union is in pretty good shape, right?
Nothing really surprised me about Obama’s speech last night. It was typically of his previous SOTU speeches. Lots of big government ideas and plans, yet short on details. I must, however, commend the president for stating that we need to do a better job of helping out our veterans. Any man or woman who sacrifices their time for this country should be near, if not at the front of the line for any government program. It is very important that we take care of those brave men and women. It was very touching to see that brave young army veteran get applauded near the end of the speech. That young man is the definition of a true American hero! I also liked when the president talked about reforming our tax codes so that we keep jobs here in America. Actually, I was somewhat surprised that he brought that idea up. We have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world and that has to change.
However, most of the speech was just continued talk of his crazy liberal ideas which have a proven record of failure. So climate change is a proven fact? Really? Here we are experiencing on of the coldest winters in about 30 years and you need to bring up climate change? Proposing to hike the entry-level wage of workers to at least $10.10 an hour is another foolish idea which is sure to kill many entry-level jobs and hurt the poor and many young,inexperienced workers. His talk about expanding job training sounds like another wasteful government program to me. What about forcing colleges and other post secondary schools to lower their tuition rates? Most are outrageously way too high. And of course his continued defense of his signature achievement, the new health care law which is turning out to be a total disaster. It was slick of him to overstate the number of people who actually have signed up for the new health care law.
Perhaps the worst of his speech came when he talked about using his executive power to get what he wants. I guess I did not realize that he is a king besides being a president!! What ever happened to separation of powers? A president should never have sole power to make any law he wants. That is very unconstitutional!! What is the point of having a Congress? I hope people wake up and realize how dangerous this could be. He is not a dictator!!
There are a lot of problems facing this country right now. The biggest problem the record number of people who are not participating in the workforce. It is now at the highest in nearly 30 years. We need to get more people in the workplace with good high paying jobs. That is not as impossible of a task as it seems. There are a lot of good high paying energy jobs out there. The record number of people out of work and on food stamps is just not something that can keep on happening. People in this country deserve much better.
If you listen to the President, it sounds like some who has a “my way or the highway” approach. He seems to be willing to talk to Republicans as long as they go along with HIS PLANS! That is no way to run a country!!I t is very important for President Obama in the next 3 years of his presidency to work closer with Republicans and try to compromise on certain things. He could do wonders to turn around his presidency if he learned to have a more bi-partisan approach. Our country would be much better off. I am not very optimistic that this will happen. What makes anyone think that things will be anymore different this year than last year? The State of the Union right now is a divided one. Divided between two different ideologies. The only way this will change is if we the people, put pressure on the President and members of Congress to get their act together.