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State of the Union address 2010

Posted on: February 1, 2010

President Obama

President Barrack Obama delivered his first annual State of the Union address to Congress last week on Wednesday, January 27.  He talked about jobs, Health Care reform, government spending and foreign policy. Here are things you might want to know about and related to his speech.

Jobs:

Obama will focus mainly on getting the economy in shape. He mentioned the word “jobs” 16 times and made this topic a focus of his speech. He promises to provide jobs for the unemployed by taking $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks repaid from the bailout packages and give it to community banks for small business loans.

Health Care Reform:

Before the special Massachusetts election took place on January 19, Obama’s first State of the Union speech was initially going to be a celebration of the signing of the health care reform into law but now that Republicans (Scott Brown) won, the health care reform is halted. Obama said he would not give up on the health care reform, as he has gotten so close already however, he gave no promises as to passing the bill.

Government Spending:

The national debt is getting too big and is increasing at a scary rate. As of right now, the debt is $12 trillion and rising $30,000 per second. On cutting the budget deficit, Obama called for a 3-year freeze in spending on air traffic control, farm subsidies, education, nutrition an national parks and would only spend on Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Critics say that this proposal would be of a negligible help to the deficit since the things he is cutting on are minor and will not cost nearly as much as the entitlement programs that he has chosen to continue to throw money in.

Foreign Policy:

As the speech turned to foreign policy, Obama did not fulfill the curiosity of the American public- why are there now 30,000 more American troops going to Afghanistan?  More importantly, when is he going to end the war? All he said was “Let’s reject the false choice between protecting our people and upholding our values. Let’s leave behind the fear and division, and do what it takes to defend our nation and forge a more hopeful future for America and for the world.”

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