State of the Union Address

January 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

While I was unable to watch the President’s speech on television, I was able to read the text of his address to the nation online through the Washington Post.  I think it was wise of the President to place emphasis on the need for unity among both parties if any type of serious action was to be accomplished, specifically when he said that “[n]ew laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans.  We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.”  His call for increased support of innovative ideas also seemed promising but I don’t think his proposed budget for investing in numerous research and development projects will create the jobs that Americans are looking for.  The importance he placed on continued development of clean-energy sources and the ability for new jobs to come from this development is something that I think could be very helpful in creating jobs if both parties are willing to work together.  His “Race to the Top” program, replacing No Child Left Behind, was also something I think will help to spur education reform and I am hopeful that he will follow through with his ideas for making higher education more affordable.  I think he did do a good job of highlighting the important parts of his proposals but I do not necessarily feel more secure that I will have an easier time finding employment or being able to buy a house someday.  Time will tell.

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