In President Obama’s State of the Union address on January 24th, he had a strong message for America: “No bail-outs, no hand-outs, no cop-outs!”
President Obama had a television audience of millions and a congressional crowd of 535 members as he delivered his State of the Union speech, widely seen as the biggest audience he will garner until the Democratic National Convention this summer in Charlotte, N.C.
He began his speech speaking about how the country has come into the economic crisis that it now faces. He laid out an aggressive agenda for reshaping the tax code, encouraging more manufacturing jobs and reworking some of the rules that govern Congress.
During his State of the Union Address, Obama proposed a new rule that millionaires pay a tax rate of at least 30%.
“When Americans talk about folks like me paying my fair share of taxes, it’s not because they envy the rich,” Obama said. “It’s because they understand that when I get a tax break I don’t need and the country can’t afford, it either adds to the deficit, or somebody else has to make up the difference.”
Some of the presidents key points included: implementation of a minimum tax for multinational companies, the creation of a China task force to monitor trade violations, support for partnerships between companies and community colleges to train workers for new careers, rewards for effective schools, coupled with encouragement to follow their own curricula and methods, tax relief for small businesses that are raising wages and creating good jobs, beefed-up border protection and a ban on “insider training” by members of Congress, and limits on elected officials’ investments in companies they regulate. Although, these are not all the new initiatives the president wanted implemented, he did lay out the groundwork for these plans.
The speech laid out a plan for how he will on how his reelection will take place. Throughout it he dropped a few names on key cities and states that will play a major role in his reelection bid: Pittsburg, Raleigh, Milwaukee and Cleveland. The speech did give a preview of what the president’s tone will likely become if reelected.
“As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum. But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.” He took strong stances on working with members of Congress declaring, “With or without this Congress, I will keep taking actions that help the economy grow.”
Further he urged Congress to “send me a bill” that would allow them to work together on strengthening the government, pledging his support to work with both Republicans and Democrats.
A CBS News poll following the president’s address showed 91 percent of Americans approved of Obama’s proposals. Last year, 83 percent of viewers approved of Mr. Obama’s State of the Union remarks.