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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:19 PM
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President Obama's SOTU wasn't a Republican agenda, it was a put Americans back to work agenda
First, an excerpt from the President's speech

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We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.

But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.

Thats the project the American people want us to work on. Together.

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Many people watching tonight can probably remember a time when finding a good job meant showing up at a nearby factory or a business downtown. You didnt always need a degree, and your competition was pretty much limited to your neighbors. If you worked hard, chances are youd have a job for life, with a decent paycheck, good benefits, and the occasional promotion. Maybe youd even have the pride of seeing your kids work at the same company.

That world has changed. And for many, the change has been painful. Ive seen it in the shuttered windows of once booming factories, and the vacant storefronts of once busy Main Streets. Ive heard it in the frustrations of Americans whove seen their paychecks dwindle or their jobs disappear proud men and women who feel like the rules have been changed in the middle of the game.

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We have to do better. America is the nation that built the transcontinental railroad, brought electricity to rural communities, and constructed the interstate highway system. The jobs created by these projects didnt just come from laying down tracks or pavement. They came from businesses that opened near a towns new train station or the new off-ramp.

Over the last two years, we have begun rebuilding for the 21st century, a project that has meant thousands of good jobs for the hard-hit construction industry. Tonight, Im proposing that we redouble these efforts.

We will put more Americans to work repairing crumbling roads and bridges. We will make sure this is fully paid for, attract private investment, and pick projects based on whats best for the economy, not politicians.

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Next, here is a list of initiatives the President announced:

  • Investment in government-funded research and technology
  • Investment in infrastructure, repairing crumbling roads and bridges
  • 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
  • Eliminate billions in taxpayer dollars subsidies for oil companies.
  • By 2035, 80% of Americas electricity will come from clean energy sources.
  • Within 25 years, give 80% of Americans access to high-speed rail
  • Investment in education, including replacing No Child Left Behind and preparing 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.
  • Strengthen and protect Social Security for future generations.
  • Eliminate tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans
  • Strengthen health care law to increase affordability and reduce costs.
  • Reduce the deficit by $400 billion over 10 years.
  • Simplify the tax code for businesses by elimininating loopholes and and for individuals to make it more fair.
  • Set a goal of doubling our exports by 2014
  • DREAM Act and comprehensive immigration reform
  • Bring all the troops home from Iraq this year.
  • Begin withdrawal from Afghanistan in July.
There is nothing Republican about President Obama's policies and accomplishments (here, here, here and here).

The President made progress in many areas in his first two years, and there is no debate that more needs to be done. Jobs have to be the priority.

The biggest job-creating engine from the President's speech is to invest in rebuilding America's infrastructure.

AFL-CIO and Chamber Praise Obamas Call for Infrastructure Rebuild

by Mike Hall

Today, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue issued a rare joint statement supporting Obamas call to create jobs and grow the U.S. economy through investment in our nations infrastructure. Trumka and Donohue said:

Whether it is building roads, bridges, high-speed broadband, energy systems and schools, these projects not only create jobs and demand for businesses, they are an investment in building the modern infrastructure our country needs to compete in a global economy.

With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO standing together to support job creation, we hope that Democrats and Republicans in Congress will also join together to build Americas infrastructure.

Last night, Trumka said that many of the economic plans President Obama outlined in his State of the Union message showed he was heading in the right direction to restoring the health of the economy and the middle class.

Here are some other reactions. Click here to read Trumkas full statement.

Obamas call to rebuild the nations infrastructurewhich Obama described as at the core of winning the futureupped the ante in the debate about investing in the nations crumbling transportation system and infrastructure, says AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department (TTD) President Edward C. Wytkind.

President Obama is in complete agreement with transportation labor in saying that America can no longer afford to fall behind Chinawith its faster trains and newer airportsand the rest of the world in investing in the movement of people, goods and information. He said our infrastructure used to be the bestbut our lead has slipped. And he talked about the need to redouble our efforts to use strategically significant investments to create good jobs. Needless to say, we agree.

Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), says Obamas focus on innovation, infrastructure and education, as well as his commitment to create the jobs of the future, is the right path. Obama said its time for the same kind American innovation that was launched after the Soviet Union beat the United States into space with Sputnik, but the United States eventually won the space race. Says Paul:

This is, indeed, a new Sputnik moment for America, as we have argued. But 50 years ago, America had a trade surplus, a healthy manufacturing base and virtually no global business competition. Our challenge today is as much about rebuilding as it is about innovating.

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Richardo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:22 PM
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1. Gee, I heard that he didn't even mention jobs once in the whole speech.
Agendas - what're ya gonna do? :shrug:
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NYC Liberal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:24 PM
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2. Thank you ProSense!
Your posts are invaluable here. :hi:

'Republican agenda' my ass.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:03 PM
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14. Thanks.
Edited on Thu Jan-27-11 03:04 PM by ProSense
I'm glad you don't find an OP about creating jobs offensive.

:)

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golfguru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:30 PM
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3. Yap, he is focused like a laser beam on jobs!
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woo me with science Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:52 PM
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7. He is!
Keep staring into the circle. He is focused like a laser beam on jobs. Relax. He is focused like a laser beam on jobs. Look at the laser beam. He is focused on jobs. Keep relaxing.



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golfguru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:30 PM
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4. dup
Edited on Thu Jan-27-11 12:30 PM by golfguru
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Enrique Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:40 PM
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5. trickle down n/t
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 12:48 PM
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great white snark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:09 PM
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8. I like it, a reasonable plan that paints obstructionist Republican Governors into a corner.
Maybe they will be shamed into infrastructure funding.

Thank you ProSense.
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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:33 PM
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9. A spending freeze is not the policy of a "put America back to work" president.
The president can say what he likes; if what he does is freeze spending then he is advancing a Republican agenda.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:43 PM
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10. You're right, a spending freeze
Edited on Thu Jan-27-11 01:43 PM by ProSense
is to address the deficit, but when did addressing the deficit become a Republican agenda?

Sherrod Brown doesn't think that.

Was this a Republican agenda: Feingold introduces aggresive deficit-reduction bill

Feingold is a progressive.

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JuniperLea Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 02:08 PM
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21. You can still spend money in a spending freeze...
What I took away from the speech in this regard is that the bottom line will remain the same, but the things money is spent on will most definitely change.

He's using the Republican talking points against them... and I think it's brilliant.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 01:53 PM
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11. with the announced spending freeze
I'm curious to know where the money for these initiatives is going to come from.

oh, and - this part -

"Eliminate tax cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans"

is insulting, since he already had an opportunity to do just that. It kind of trashes his credibility.

Talk is cheap.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 02:05 PM
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12. "I'm curious to know where the money for these initiatives is going to come from."
Budget due in a few weeks.

The Federal Budget is more than $3.5 trillion.
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paulk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:24 PM
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15. where is the money going to come from
if there is a spending freeze?

"Budget" or no, the money has to come from somewhere, doesn't it? What programs will be cut to pay for these new initiatives?

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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 03:29 PM
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16. "What programs will be cut to pay for these new initiatives?"
Why do you assume programs will be cut?

Closing loopholes recovers lost revenues.

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MattSh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:50 AM
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17. What loopholes are being closed?
Or haven't they figured out that part yet?

So, why do you assume loopholes will be closed?

Anyway, I'm sure they'll find plenty of "loopholes," you know, the ones that benefit the middle class.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 01:42 PM
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20. You know,
I don't know. The President mentioned oil subsidies and the tax code.

I do know that he gave a speech proposing several initiatives. He mentioned that he'll present a budget in a few weeks. The initiatives will likely be fleshed out in the coming weeks.

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Major Hogwash Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-27-11 02:29 PM
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13. "We are poised for progress." I agree. Another great post.
Edited on Thu Jan-27-11 02:30 PM by Major Hogwash
I don't know what the critics expected to hear, maybe he should have been gloomy like Ryan and Bachmann and added sound effects.

"Well, the economy is beginning to turn around." *sproiiinn-ggg* spring sound effect.

"The Republicans and Democrats are going to need to work together in Congress." *wah wah wah* sound effect.

"The trade deficit with China needs to be worked on." *clank* dropped wrench sound effect.

"We are working for the future of this country." *nails scratching on blackboard* sound effect.

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niceypoo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-28-11 07:18 AM
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18. It sounded like a string of RW talking points to me
Wrapped in phoney feel good centrism.

So much for Obama undoing the damage that Bush caused. Oops, that last line was just my left wing `purity` talking.
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