Jobs, deficit, war: Big issues for the coming year

House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio watches as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

President Barack Obama sketched out his vision and goals in an era of divided government as he spoke to the nation in his State of the Union address Tuesday night. Here are the highlights:

ECONOMY

Obama hailed the signs of economic recovery — a booming stock market and a jump in corporate profits. “Now that the worst of the recession is over, we have to confront the fact that our government spends more than it takes in. That is not sustainable,” he said. Obama proposed a five-year freeze on nondefense spending that would reduce the deficit by more than $400 billion over the next decade. He agreed to work with lawmakers on deeper cuts in the budget, vowed to veto bills with lawmakers’ pet projects and called for simplifying the tax code. He also asked Congress to eliminate the billions in subsidies to oil companies and tax breaks for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans.

INNOVATION

Obama called for investing in biomedical research, information technology and clean energy technology. Among his goals: 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015 and 80 percent of U.S. electricity from clean energy sources, including nuclear and clean coal as well as solar and wind. “We are the nation that put cars in driveways and computers in offices, the nation of Edison and the Wright brothers, of Google and Facebook. In America, innovation doesn’t just change our lives. It’s how we make a living,” Obama said.

HEALTH CARE

Obama strongly defended his health care overhaul law, now under siege from Republicans. He expressed a willingness to improve the law, including eliminating an onerous bookkeeping requirement for small businesses. He also indicated he was open to GOP ideas on medical malpractice reform to bring down costs. “So instead of refighting the battles of the last two years, let’s fix what needs fixing and move forward,” he said.

FOREIGN POLICY

In a speech largely devoted to domestic issues, Obama touched on foreign policy, saying the U.S. commitment to Iraq has been kept and the war is coming to an end. In Afghanistan, the drawdown of U.S. forces will begin in July as the American troops have captured Taliban strongholds and trained more Afghan security forces. “Our purpose is clear — by preventing the Taliban from re-establishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al-Qaida the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11,” Obama said. He said the U.S. stands with the people of Tunisia and all people striving for democracy.

MILITARY

Obama marked the end of the ban on gays serving openly in the military. “Starting this year, no American will be forbidden from serving the country they love because of who they love,” the president said. Citing the change, he called on colleges to open their doors to military recruiters and ROTC.

GOVERNMENT REORGANIZATION

Obama scoffed at a government in which the Interior Department oversees salmon in fresh water and Commerce handles salmon in saltwater. “And I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked,” he joked. Obama promised to merge, consolidate and reorganize the federal government, a proposal that he would submit to Congress for a vote.

POLITICS

Obama acknowledged the lingering divisions from a fierce election and pleaded with Republicans and Democrats to work together, especially as they gathered just weeks after the shooting rampage in Tucson that seriously wounded Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Many lawmakers ignored party lines and sat together for Obama’s address. “What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow,” Obama said.

Copyright © 2011 The Associated Press

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16 Responses to "Jobs, deficit, war: Big issues for the coming year"

  1. woody188  January 26, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Here is the condensed version:

    Times are tough.
    We spent a lot of money we didn’t have.
    You can expect more of the same.

    • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      Oh yeah, and did you guys enjoy that TSA joke?

      I guess it’s funny if you aren’t subjected to the abuse. And that was written into the speech, it was not off the cuff!

      • Carl Nemo  January 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm

        “Without the patdown” …extract from link

        Another lie!

        TSA is already beefing up security bigtime even for rail transport and it seems in short order pat downs will be part and parcel to this mode of transportation including bus travel. Soon we’ll have that old time Gestapo experience when a ‘Homeland Security’ enfranchised enforcement thug declares…Zeigen Sie mir Ihre Papiere! ( Show me your papers)

        You recently posted some links Woody showing some these advanced screening vans and methods that will be implemented in the near future including bus stations. Maybe you could resupply them so readers can get the willies as to where this nation is headed.

        Carl Nemo **==

        • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 7:29 pm

          These will be separate posts to get around the spam filter. Let’s see:

          ZBV or Z-Backscatter Van which is based on the same tech in the airports, only made mobile.

          • Carl Nemo  January 26, 2011 at 7:52 pm

            Thanks that’s one uv’em. The others showed a modular trailer assembly where people enter then sit down and are interviewed while voice stress analyzers attempt to detect obfuscation. They either leave through a door on the right or the left. I don’t know which door leads to the portable guillotine though. Another link showed a bunch of fat bellied cops at a bus terminal discussing some other dystopian gadget that will make their jobs ‘easier’. Donuts and coffee anyone…? / : |

            Carl Nemo **==

            • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 8:05 pm

              You want the FAST demo vehicle listed below. That one is very invasive and quite frightening. A sneeze could get you accosted at a sporting event.

        • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 7:48 pm

          Next is the Battelle FAST demonstration laboratory which supposedly reads people faces to determine their thoughts.

        • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 8:00 pm

          Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has already indicated she intends to increase the security presence in our lives.

          Maybe some of you have seen other images/movies of what is to come?

        • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 8:02 pm

          TSA is already working the rails in Orlando, FL.

        • woody188  January 26, 2011 at 8:08 pm

          Here we have Homeland Security in a bus station in Tampa Bay, FL as part of their VIPR initiative. This is TSA, ICE, CBP and Tampa police. Love those one sided interviews with Joe the Plumber.

          • Carl Nemo  January 26, 2011 at 8:59 pm

            Thanks everso much Woody for these links. They couldn’t have been posted to a more appropriate article with Obama again caught lying through his teeth with his ‘joke’ about no patdowns associated with high speed rail systems.

            When the cameras panned around the Congressional contingent all laughing, clapping etc., they make me sick to my stomach. They sweat corruption, all of them.

            People best wake up! Evil is stalking this once great land and making changes through the ballot box is like watching paint dry. Lady Liberty has long since been placed in her coffin and these evil clowns are ready to slap the last few nails on the lid all in the name of globalism run amok.

            Once the U.S. is destroyed, specifically our currency, then the rest of the world will fall like rotten fruit into their bureaucratic NWO inspired grasp.

            Carl Nemo **==

  2. griff  January 26, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Ha. He sketched out his vision three years ago too.

    Wow! I started to write more analysis but I’m laughing too hard. Whatever, dude…

  3. Carl Nemo  January 26, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    Another great ‘performance’ by the silver-tongued son of the “Father of Lies”…no? / : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. bmclellan  January 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    Pictured in the background, Herr Boner muses to himself.

    The jawbone of the ass is speaking,
    dream on America, daylight nightmare besets you.

  5. Almandine  January 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Speaking of…

    http://www.discoverthenetworks.org/Articles/Rules%20for%20Revolution%20(2).pdf

    • Carl Nemo  January 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm

      It seems Obama’s SOS Hillary Clinton had an intellectual ‘love affair’ with Saul Alinsky’s style of activism too.

      She wrote her Wellesley senior’s thesis concerning Saul’s style of ‘community organizing’ and seemingly embraced the methodologies, but projected the mechanism from the community level to the Federal level on down; ie., wasting the general populations’ tax dollars on socialist schemes as so Obama too; only on a far grander scale as opposed to community level organizing. The paper was written in 1969, but became her raison d’être as she moved on in her political life with Bill and beyond.

      http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=27822

      The Clinton’s went out of their way to keep the contents of this paper from the public on their rise to Presidential power.

      Lexus liberals as one of our site member’s refers to them enjoy the good life as professional politicians and bureaucrats all the while living large on “We the People’s” dime and time, while creating byzantine government mechanisms to serve their incumbency and needs. They burrow their way into the very fabric of government then proceed to undermine it no different than burrowing water rodents to earthen dikes, levies and embankments eventually causing them fail when people least expect it.

      They’ve not only stormed the gates, but have burrowed their way into the castle’s keep; I.E., looting the U.S. Treasury all with the complicit approval of Congress, now simply a hand-clapping politburo.

      Carl Nemo **==

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