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President Obama's SOTU...wish list

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  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    The TV pundits are speculating on what President Obama will cover in his State of the Union address later today. I have my wish list...and inequality and Climate Change are at the top of the list. However, I understand that he will steer away from the term, "inequality" and instead stress "ladders of opportunity" since the Republicans have sought to redefine what is meant by inequality. President Obama has always spoke of the "inequality of opportunity" but Republicans have twisted the message to say he wants to redistribute the wealth from those hard working billionaires who earned it.

    So yes...ladders of opportunity.

    Climate Chnage is something that we must start addressing. We must start heeding the recommendations of scientists instead of the Koch brothers and James Inhofe. Republicans seem to defend some of the biggest polluters on this planet...those campaign contributions buy a lot. Whatever executive actions Obama can take, he must because the Republicans will defend the polluters and scuttle any environmental legislation that he proposes.

    We need comprehensive immigration reform and we need it now.

    We need election reform taking the recommendations of his bipartisan commission into legislation...and we need it now.

    We need actions to support the unemployed, and food stamps for the needy.

    Along the lines of ladders of opportunity, we need to support pre-kindergarten education...for everyone.

    We need to start rebuilding our infrastructure and in the process provide good paying jobs to unemployed skilled workers.

    And we need to bring all of our troops home from Afghanistan this year.

    Those are just off the top of my head...my immediate wish list. I know that much of this will remain just a wish list as long as certain members of Congress oppose everything Obama stand for...you know the "no compromise" guys that were elected to stop government and not improve it.

    What did I leave out?

    I heard that the Republicans will have four rebuttals...one for each segment of their party because they cannot agree on a one unified response. Ha. Each of those as usual will be a joke. Watch Bill Maher and the other comedians have a hay day.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Colorado Springs, CO
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    I stand corrected. According to Rachel Maddow the Republicans will now have five rebuttals to Obama's STOU.

    Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), official Republican response.

    Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah), Tea Party response.

    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) own response.

    Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) official Republican response in Spanish.

    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) some kind of pre-buttal before the speech and its rebuttals.

    I am amused by the Republican response in Spanish. When Republicans block the central issue of immigration reform, just who are they talking to in Spanish?
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    NSA mass surveillance. I know he publicly spoke on this to the nation a week or so ago. But, my guess is there will be much more of an audience for this talk than that one. Also with the official, nonpartisan investigation that came out just days after his speech saying that they would do away with many of the current surveillance programs (as they found them to be completely ineffective), I think he needs to readdress this major issue and actually lay out some concrete ways the NSA will change the way the do their jobs and the reach the NSA should have going forward.

    Marijuana and hemp legalization. I would love to see him talk about Colorado and Washington, early earning's reports, the money and jobs this newly legalized commodity could bring to the nation.. ya know, since Obama himself just came out and said "It's no more dangerous than alcohol". Sounds like an endorsement to me, albeit begrudgingly said. He should speak on hemp too. Remind folks it's non-pyschoactive and an incredibly powerful and versatile textile that's insanely cheap and easy to grow. Money is the name of game, right? The economy? Legalize hemp. ... He will never mention these two during an SOTU address, but he should.

    Minimum wage. I can't decide where I stand on this issue for sure. But, I definitely think he should address it, and hopefully in no uncertain terms. Obama should say a definitive number, if his idea is to raise it. I've heard $10.25/hr floating around as a number he might actually say. Hmmm. Last year he said $9.00/hr. Seems arbitrary and nothing happened in that 12 month period.. we shall see.

    Otherwise, I agree. Income inequality should definitely be addressed. Hopefully he devotes some time to the disgusting corporate welfare situation. And the Fed. Do away with both, please. Other than that, immigration should be addressed and finished before he leaves office. Agree about Afghanistan as well.
  • Liberal
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    Durham, NH
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    I hate to say it, but I'm not even going to watch it? More wishfully thinking by Obama and more BS from the Republicans. It's a meaningless PR show for both sides and nothing will change because of it.
  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    pr Wrote: I hate to say it, but I'm not even going to watch it? More wishfully thinking by Obama and more BS from the Republicans. It's a meaningless PR show for both sides and nothing will change because of it.
    I know what you mean, man. I'm still going to watch it. But, I feel pretty much the same about it.
  • Democrat
    Philadelphia, PA
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    Pgr ,ditto for me also, I won't be watching because so many pundits and political hacks will tell me that every thing that I saw and heard the POTUS say was wrong, they will also tell me what he meant by what he said or even what he didn't say, it's all a dog and pony show anyway, the President is not held accountable for whatever he says and his audience has to sit there and applaud when told too, I for one thought that the State of the Union Address was to inform the Republic as to the current State of the Union other then the terse statement :The State of the Union is good", and also was not to be used as a platform for a wish list Bull shit, it's not good ,as a matter of fact it sucks right about now. So, other then playing being King, what will he do?
  • Other Party
    Nebraska
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    ..."So, other than playing being King, what will he do?"...

    Not much. You guys are right, this speech won't mean much. But it will be a good speech, nonetheless, and it will no doubt get some people fired up.

    In the long run, if we did not know so much about him and what has happened after his past SOTE, and other speeches, we could expect big positive changes in the near future. But we know better. Maybe he'll show us his pen and his phone.

    As great as his speeches are, I can't help but think of how many lies he has told in the past, and with his popularity at a new low, so many Democrats nervous about their re-election chances, and maybe the biggest unknown of all: Obamacare, and how it will be wildly successful, or a huge disaster in 2014.

    Above all I want him to say, and then actually accomplish the withdrawal of all troops from the huge shithole known as Afghanistan. He should have gotten us out four plus years ago. Saying it is easy, I want him to actually DO IT!

    I'm not watching, but will wait until tomorrow morning and see what the talking heads have to say when I can also read the speech.