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OPEN FORUM: What did you think about President Obama's State of the Union Address?
Thursday, February 14th, 2013
Issue 07, Volume 17.
Media with liberal slant has reported:
*Obama understands the economy is still struggling and compared to his demeanor on Inauguration Day, indicated he is willing to "reach out" to the Republican Party.
*The President feels it is time to "close out the politics of austerity," that "we can't cut our way to prosperity."
*Of the ideas he presented, Obama said nothing he was proposing "should increase the U.S. deficit by a single dime," saying the U.S. needs a "smarter" government that sets priorities and invests in growth.
*Obama's use of executive authority to address certain issues more aggressively could be a turning point in dealing with a potentially existential problem.
Media with conservative slant has reported:
*Obama promotes a "balanced approach" to deficit reduction but doesn't provide specifics about budget cuts he will support. He wants more tax revenues and more government spending on his priorities.
*When the President made certain proposals - high-quality preschool for every child, tax credits for businesses to hire/invest,more scientific research and development, shifting vehicles away from gas, and infrastructure investments (road improvements) – he did not reveal their projected cost or how they would be paid for.
*Obama's presentation was repetitive to prior ones - with his ideas going "nowhere" in divided Washington.
*The President said he would utilize his executive power to push his agenda if Congress doesn't support it – saying "If they won't, I will."
The Tea Party weighs in:
Republican Senator Rand Paul gave the Tea Party's rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address, which included these talking points:
*Obama exudes 'woe is me" over the $1.2 trillion sequester he endorsed and signed into law. Corporate taxes need to be cut in half; federal spending needs to be slashed by trillions.
* Leaders from each party need to cut spending and be willing to take on their "protected" special interests.
*Cuts can be made in both domestic programs and military spending – these areas are not immune to waste and fraud.
*Obama thinks the U.S. can keep borrowing $50,000 per second and keep squeezing more money out of people who are working. The President believes in more government, more taxes, and more debt.
What do you think?
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