- Posted January 24, 2012 by
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State of the Union 2012
Re-election Direction Outlined in SOTU by Obama
- jmsaba, CNN iReport producer
In a speech bookended by his foreign policy strength and success, President Barack Obama tonight outlined the direction he will take as he seeks re-lection in November.
Having the international stage which the annual Sate of the Union address to a joint-session of Congress presents, Obama was able to plot out a populist and mostly moderate course of action for the next 10 months. The speech was typical Obama and delivered well.
He deflected the issue of the overwhelming debt the nation is facing to talking of expanding energy exploration that would include both fossil and green technologies. Obama skirted past and did not allude to the recent Keystone XL pipeline project his Administration rejected.
He spoke of improvements and changes in education. The plan outlined indicated more oversight from Washington. He urged states to cut the dropout rate by not allowing anyone to leave high school until the student graduates or turns 18.
Obama returned to the issue of tax rates, but did not differentiate between earned income and capital gains in referring to the "Buffet Rule" named after mogul Warren Buffet who's secretary pays a higher effective tax rate than he does. Buffet pays on investments with a maximum 15% rate and his secretary pays the graduated rate for earned income.
Again and again, Obama used the term fair or fairness without ever defining his definition of fair. However, he made it clear he still wanted to increase the amount of taxes paid by those making over $1 million. He did also say that he wanted to lower taxes on those making under $250,000 per year. He spoke of looking at the tax code and closing loopholes.
Early in the speech he talked of bringing jobs back from overseas and offering a tax break to those companies.
The President announced a project coordinated by the military to provide energy by utilizing public lands. He did not, however, explain if the energy was to be created by wind, solar or water.
Overall the President gave an excellent stump speech. But he offered nothing that would inspire or win over Republicans or independents.
From the Cornfield, while I give the President kudos for his closing and mentioning Seal Team 6 and the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden, there was very little new and nothing to breathe life into our sagging ecomony or to stymie the ruptured artery of debt siphoning the life from the nation.