Despite the grand posturing and handshaking that visually highlighted Tuesday evening’s presidential State of the Union address, one thing remained glaringly evident. United States party politics remains much divided In 2013.
With president Obama's second term, comes the great political divide of his first term in office. Granted, many of the “Tea Party” Republicans no longer sit in office, but their legacy remains.
The so called " Republican Blockade" remains an obstacle between the president and his agenda.
Obama dedicated his 5th State of the Union address to what he refers to as a rising middleclass.
According to Barack Obama his number one goal in near term is the creation of sustainable jobs in the U.S... Noting the creation of 6 million new jobs since the height of the great recession; as well as the return of 36,000 military personnel from Afghanistan, the president gladly rides the float of perceived accomplishment, as he enters his second and final term in office.
While the Republican contingency wishes the middleclass well, it does not support the increased taxation of the nations wealthy. Nor do party leaders believe that greater taxation will result in the creation of jobs.
To the contrary, Marco Rubio and other’s believe that increased taxation; coupled with proposed increases in government program spending , will back flip the nation into a deep recession.
And while Rubio and the Republican Party heads support the president’s plan to restructure Medicare and other senior entitlements, they suggest doing so with great caution.
Although this Examiner believed both politicians’to be eloquent in their delivery, I found Rubio’s “Solyndra” green energy jab to be a bit over the top. His diatribe as to the future of the children of America; bordering on fear mongering.
It appears that “politics as usual” remains the business of Washington, D.C. politics. One stalled initiative at a time.