Last night President Obama delivered a State of the Union address that’s being called “bold,” “uncompromising,” and “progressive” by pundits, and a call to “tax more, borrow more and spend more” by the GOP.
He called for government money to create jobs and strengthen the middle class, announced troop withdrawals from Afghanistan within the year, and advocated for immigration reform, gun control, and action to combat climate change.
Jobs and growth dominated Obama’s address. Many elements of his economic blueprint were repacked proposals from his first term that failed to gain traction on Capitol Hill.
Standing in Obama’s way now is a Congress that remains nearly as divided as it was during the final years of his first term, when Washington lurched from one crisis to another.
The president implored lawmakers to break through partisan logjams, asserting that “the greatest nation on Earth cannot keep conducting its business by drifting from one manufactured crisis to the next.”
“Americans don’t expect government to solve every problem,” he said. “They do expect us to forge reasonable compromise where we can.”
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