My reaction to President Obama's 'State of the Union' Speech:
I really like the 'Buffett Rule'. Makes absolute sense that Mitt Romney and people like him should be paying a more progressive chunk of their income, given their overwhelming wealth. It doesn't solve all our deficit problems, but it would help.
You are to be congratulated on your foreign policy achievements. Opponents who label you as weak or an appeaser are simply blowing smoke or committing false witness.
This was a good: "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them." Excerpt for some of the rich and a few libertarians, this is how most Americans think of our country.
The notion that you caused our economic problems is ludicrous. "In the six months before I took office, we lost nearly four million jobs. And we lost another four million before our policies were in full effect." Have Republicans forgotten the eight years under Bush and what resulted?
"I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place. No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits. Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values. This blueprint begins with American manufacturing." Sounds like a good blueprint to me. Republicans indeed want to return to the way it was....why would anyone want to do that?
About education, I hope you meant this: "To teach with creativity and passion; to stop teaching to the test". Living with a teacher, I can tell you that, right now, they have to teach to the test, and it's killing both their passion and creativity.
Your rule for regulations sound sensible: "Rules to prevent financial fraud, or toxic dumping, or faulty medical devices, don’t destroy the free market. They make the free market work better."
Toward the end of your speech, you included a beautiful thought: "Those of us who’ve been sent here to serve can learn from the service of our troops. When you put on that uniform, it doesn’t matter if you’re black or white; Asian or Latino; conservative or liberal; rich or poor; gay or straight. When you’re marching into battle, you look out for the person next to you, or the mission fails. When you’re in the thick of the fight, you rise or fall as one unit, serving one Nation, leaving no one behind."
"So it is with America. Each time I look at that flag, I’m reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those fifty stars and those thirteen stripes. No one built this country on their own. This Nation is great because we built it together. This Nation is great because we worked as a team. This Nation is great because we get each other’s backs. And if we hold fast to that truth, in this moment of trial, there is no challenge too great; no mission too hard. As long as we’re joined in common purpose, as long as we maintain our common resolve, our journey moves forward, our future is hopeful, and the state of our Union will always be strong."
Nicely done, Mr. President. You make me proud to be an American.