I watched the State of the Union Address by President Obama. In times past, I have stood in that Chamber at the front, holding the podium where Congressmen speak…it was a momentous place to reflect.
There were some lines that I liked in the President’s Speech….such as - - -
It's now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come.
Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?
Will we approach the world fearful and reactive, dragged into costly conflicts that strain our military and set back our standing? Or will we lead wisely, using all elements of our power to defeat new threats and protect our planet?
So the verdict is clear. Middle-class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don't get in the way. We can't slow down businesses or put our economy at risk with government shutdowns or fiscal showdowns. We can't put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unravelling the new rules on Wall Street, or refighting past battles on immigration when we've got a system to fix. And if a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.
That's what middle-class economics is -- the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. We don't just want everyone to share in
success -- we want everyone to contribute to our success. America
So what does middle-class economics require in our time?
First -- middle-class economics means helping working families feel more secure in a world of constant change. That means helping folks afford childcare, college, health care, a home, retirement -- and my budget will address each of these issues, lowering the taxes of working families and putting thousands of dollars back into their pockets each year.
Helping hardworking families make ends meet. Giving them the tools they need for good-paying jobs in this new economy. Maintaining the conditions for growth and competitiveness.
Of course, if there's one thing this new century has taught us, it's that we cannot separate our work at home from challenges beyond our shores.
A better politics is one where we appeal to each other's basic decency instead of our basest fears.
A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues, and values, and principles, and facts, rather than "gotcha" moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people's daily lives.
"It is amazing what you can bounce back from when you have to...we are a strong, tight-knit family who has made it through some very, very hard times."
My fellow Americans, we too are a strong, tight-knit family. We, too, have made it through some hard times. Fifteen years into this new century, we have picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off, and begun again the work of remaking
We've laid a new foundation. A brighter future is ours to write. Let's begin
this new chapter -- together -- and let's start the work right now. America
Thank you, God bless you, and God bless this country we love.
However, there were some things that could have been mentioned…
1. Bad news overseas: The Muslim world-wide threat against the West
Middle East Peace
3. National Debt and Deficits
4. Entitlement reform -Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
5. Election Financing Reform
7. Gun Control
8. Government Restructuring -merging similar Departments
succeeds. That is a fact of history, and
for a long while to come, our destiny. As
wise Canadians, let us manage that relationship very carefully. Canada