On Tuesday January 28 2014, President Obama made his State Of The Union Address to Congress and to the country. I have to start out by saying that this is by far my favorite State Of The Union Address that I have heard; in my opinion this was a perfectly executed speech. He started out the speech on a high note by listing some of the improvements that the country has made during his six years, such as eight million new jobs created in the past four years, the United States trying to utilize naturals oils that we have access to, to wean ourselves off of foreign oil, and the lowest unemployment rate in five years. Not to mention the deficit being nearly cut in half (impressive right?). President Obama also talked about some of the things he would like to improve upon this year. The economy and business operations in the country were a couple of the main points he talked about.
One thing that he would like to do is to close the “loopholes” with taxes as it relates to businesses. Companies and business owners who take their businesses overseas get more of a tax break compared to those who stay in America, President Obama wants to flip that equation to keep these business rooted in the USA, thus creating more jobs. President Obama also want to do more to help small business owners since these small business owners create many jobs. One important goal is for America to lead world market in job availability. Obama said “America has the chance to beat other countries in the race in high manufacturing jobs.”
If America became the leader in this race then we would lead the in the industry worldwide in the manufacturing and technology industry, thus boosting our economy even more. One impressive transition was how he goes from business to education by saying “The only way to prepare our future workers is by a great education.” One accomplishment that has been made that should be applauded by all college students is that financial aid has been reformed so that more
Americans are able to go to college and afford it, also capping student loan debt by 10 percent of a person’s income. Another thing that I enjoyed was the president saying he wanted to give money specifically for Pre-K programs to make them high quality calling it “one of the best investments.”
Lastly, one major point was that the president would like to see the federal minimum wage to go up to $10.10. There are three things that stuck out to me in this whole speech. 1. How he used the story of everyday people to make a point to get things done, 2. How he used points from Republican to show unity and how there are some things that agree with them on, 3. How he reached out to Congress as a whole saying that he wants to work with him, and urging him to bring him bills on these issues that he can pass, but letting it be known that if they don’t take any action that he will use his executive powers to get the job done with or without them. This address was perfectly executed all the way, President
addressed all of the issues that Americans find important, and addressed his critics in Congress in a tactful way.
Stephen "TheeBlackSocialite" Hale