Wednesday night, January 27th, President Obama’s gave his annual State of the Union Address. It followed American Idol, and was expected that 30 to 50 million viewers would watch.
As I listened to President Obama give his State of the Union address, I couldn’t help but reflect on the fact that he is one hell of an eloquent speaker fighting an enormously tough fight.
It was obvious as he spoke about health care reform, jobs, economic problems, Wall Street and the bank bailout, that there is a divide in Congress that is drawn across party lines.
The Republicans, sat out – on many of the comments that caused the Democrats to stand and clap. The Republicans whispered under their breaths and were united in their solidarity of protestation – so maybe they did show up, but they were not engaged, and it saddened me to think that maybe 39 of our elected representatives have chosen to play, rather than get to work.
I love the fact that Obama challenged them to get involved, and not for their own private gains, but for the American people. Obama apologized for the health care project that seemed to get so out of control in its final weeks before Congress and the Senate. He alluded to the fact that lobbyists are using their massive resources to support the insurance industry, and scare the American people. He promised again, transparency, and to go after big business tax loop holes that make it beneficial for them to outsource jobs.
However, he reiterated the facts that nothing in his intent, or actions has changed since he began campaigning, and he reminded us that he never said this fight would be easy. Instead he told us, “Change doesn’t come easy, even when it is necessary and long overdue” Just because a fight is tough, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t fight it. He ended with I’m not giving up, we’re not giving up, don’t you give up, we must work together to do what is right!
Today, the numbers of unemployed are staggering. One in 10 American’s or over 7M people must get back to work. We must put our money in education, infrastructure, and health care cost containment to help the Middle Class American’s fight their battles. We must support the small businesses and work to cut tax advantages to corporations that outsource jobs. Although we bailed out the banks, getting credit for small businesses is still too difficult, which is why he announced new stimulation plans for small business growth. He talked about college students being able to write off their college loans after twenty years, and only be required to pay 10% of the costs, annually.
Tampa – Town Hall Meeting, High Speed Railway introduction
Thursday morning, President Obama was in Tampa, talking about high-speed railways that will bring 20,000 new jobs and be the foundation for countless others. The president and Congress have authorized an $8 billion budget to launch the project, with a promise for another $5 million, over the next five years.
These high-speed trains will change the way Americans travel. They will reduce costs, reduce our carbon footprint, and provide those that are traveling with a new way to be productive. Tampa residents will be able to get to Orlando in an hour, instead of three to four.
Vice President Joe Biden, in a reference to going green stated, “We are going to change the way we travel in America, we are going to get lean and clean!” Other routes will be built throughout the most populated areas of the US to ease traffic congestion. See picture and references for more information.