This year the speech started with a huge round of applause from both sides of the aisle as Representative Giffords name was called out. The applause lasted for several minutes as members showed admiration for her strength and courage as she fights back from a near fatal shooting at one of her campaign rallies last year.
The President started with a soft "Thank you" as he received several minutes of recognition clapping and cheering his arrival. Speaker Boehner introduced the President as all others have in the past. He stated last month he greeted many soldiers as they returned from war zones across the ocean signifying the end of the wars.
"For the first time in 9 years there are no American's fighting in Iraq." He continued stating the achievements of our military personal and extended a thought "Imagine what we could accomplish if we" worked like them. He discussed how hard work pays off in any economy. He talked about his relatives who were part of the America success story during the greatest days of this nation.
He discussed how everyone needs to get a shot and a fair shake and plays by the same set of rules. "What's at stake are not Democrat values, Republican values, but American values." Hard working Americans struggled as the top members of organizations prospered with huge bonuses and payroll. "It was wrong" our President stated.
"In the last twenty-two months businesses have created more than 3 million jobs." American manufacturers are hiring once again and his administration has placed in effect new rules so the greed of those CEO's will never bring about another economic crisis again. He goes on to lay out a blue print for the future of America.
It beings with "American Manufacturing" and having the strength to set standards to help those businesses that were nearly bankrupt just a few years ago. "We bet on American Workers" and now the industry is back because of the policies he initiated. A few weeks ago the President stated the CEO of Masterlock told him it makes sense to bring jobs back home now and they are at full capacity for the first time since 2005.
The President segued into the tax codes and policies for companies that outsource jobs. He also mentioned no company should have less of a tax burden for relocating out of the country. Business need to be rewarded for remaining here in the United States and those who leave must pay higher taxes.
Competitors must play by the rules and his administration has helped stop China and other nations from cheating the system. Tonight the President announced his plan to bring on a new agency that will monitor foreign countries and the products they ship into our country. This " Trade Enforcement Unit" will inspect for counterfeit products being imported to level the playing field.
President Obama talked about our Education system and how we as a Nation must increase resources to keep the best teachers on the job and teach to learn not to test. He went on to say we need to get rid of those instructors who are not fit to teach the students. The President went on to insist every state keep students in school through graduation or until 18 without the ability to dropout.
Student aid was addressed next by insisting higher education do their part to keep costs down. Higher is an "economic imperative" that every American deserves to have. "I believe as strongly as ever we need to take on illegal immigration". "We need comprehensive immigration reform right now." At this point he received a huge round of applause as he continued to address this issue.
"Women should earn equal pay for equal work" in our economy. Every individual should be supported for innovation and inventiveness. He now wants to tear down regulations that create problems for entrepreneurs. The President wants a bill on his desk so he can sign it. American made energy is where our future is and according to the President we need to open more land to increase production and develop "Every available source of energy" with government help where needed.
Clean energy is the energy of the future. The President will not stop working towards this sector of energy regardless of the feelings of America. He wants to give incentives to businesses to stop wasteful use of energy and subsidies for building the clean energy future.
Next, with the money we no longer a spending on war he wants to take half and pay down our debt and the other half to rebuild the infrastructure of our country. This will create jobs for all Americans.
With the housing crisis the President wants to offer lower interest loans to homeowners in need. No more irresponsible behavior, rules will be enacted to prevent the problems elevated in the mortgage industry that created this crisis. He wants to take away incentives that make the playing field advantageous for one member of society and not another.
Anti-fraud laws will be adhered to and he wants new and sweeping legislation passed holding business entities accountable for fraudulent activity against society. No longer should predatory lending practices be condoned.
Our tax policies need reform so millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share of taxes. 25% of millionaires pay less taxes than a million middle class members of this society. Those struggling in this economy do not need increases, they need relief. Those fortunate enough to make millions should pay their fair share, that is all the President is asking. With this tax policy we can reduce our deficit according to President Obama.
Finally the President stated none of these issues can be worked on unless both parties work together to do what is good for the people and not just those in Congress or any other Federal employee. The government needs to be reduced in size and the President wants freedom from Congress to enact these sweeping reforms without having Congress meddling.
"America is back" is the message from leaders from all around the world. As President, Obama intends to continue to work with all nations helping to secure our country and those of our allies. Our armed Force Members are to be taken care of better than they had been in the past. As President funding for military has increased each year and will continue to do so as those members serve our Nation.
This was a much different State of the Union speech than any of his previous ones. The President offered solutions, addressing the problems facing America today. This was a Clinton moment as he moved away from his far left visions for this nation and came to the middle.
Many of the problems we have are because Congress is broken and both parties continually vote on issues good for their personal agenda or that of campaign contributors.
The United States can succeed with citizens working together with their representatives to pass legislation that is good for the Nation. This was one of the Presidents better speeches due to the fact he finally stopped placing blame on everyone but him for the State of the Union.
What he failed to mention was the trillions of dollars spent that we don't have. What he failed to mention was the fact Congress and Harry Reid have not passed a budget in 1000 days which is required by law. What he failed to mention was how we were going to pay for all these new and exciting programs to help lead us down this path of productivity.