Earlier tonight, Barrack Obama delivered his fourth and last State of the Union until the 2012 presidential election. Remaining focused on bipartisanship, President Obama stressed quite frequently throughout his speech the need to get both Republicans and Democrats to work together in order to “move forward.”
Tonight, Obama also stressed the need to make America “Built to Last,” which he didn’t explain entirely how to do but mentioned 5 times. Obama then went on to talk about how General Motors is now the #1 auto-maker in the world and how companies overseas should come back to America.
Following this Obama spoke up and took a clear stance on education. “Teachers matter. So instead of bashing them, or defending the status quo, let’s offer schools a deal. Give them the resources to keep good teachers on the job, and reward the best ones. And in return, grant schools flexibility: To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test; and to replace teachers who just aren’t helping kids learn. That’s a bargain worth making.” After that, Obama called for every state to require all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn 18.
Not long after, Obama jumps right into discussing oil and clean energy. “With only two percent of the world’s oil reserves, oil isn’t enough. This country needs an all-out, all-of-the-above strategy that develops every available source of American energy – a strategy that’s cleaner, cheaper and full of new jobs.”
Another shocker was Obama promoting the use of natural gas found in shale rock. “We have a supply of natural gas that can last America nearly one hundred years, and my Administration will take every possible action to safely develop this energy.”
Well its no surprise shale rock emits natural gasses as it is commonly drilled through by companies like Halliburton and others who use hydraulic fracturing. I’m just shocked that someone who is so in favor of perserving the environment would want to do something like extract gas from shale. Obama did say “safely develop”, however, I am not so sure there are many other ways to break through rock buried underground other than using some sort of drill or hydrofracking system.
In some cases across the U.S. hydrofracking has tainted people’s water supplies and has done irreparable damage to the plant and wildlife.
But I digress, Obama then continued to talk about an increase in construction projects, mortgages, setting up a Financial Crimes Unit (to make sure that ponzy schemes are a thing of the past), and of course tax cuts for the lower class citizens.
“Now, you can call this class warfare all you want. But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his security in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.”
To me this says that Obama is pushing to give the people what they want… less taxes on the middle and lower classes and higher taxes on the millionaires and billionaires. But it doesn’t tell me how he plans on getting legislation like that passed. Obviously stressing bipartisanship isn’t enough… so how would he pull this off. I’m positive this will be a determining factor amongst many voters in deciding whether or not to re-elect Obama.