President Obama will deliver his next to last State of the Union address and his first before two Houses of Congress with Republican majorities — so no matter what ideas he offers to better the nation the Republicans will be against it. From new programs that benefit the middle class by raising taxes on higher income earners and banks to free Community College for Americans to immigration reform, Republicans will be against it.
The president will tout the nation’s economic recovery under his leadership, discuss programs for the middle class, address concerns over cybersecurity, and hopefully will cover immigration reform.
Excerpts of the speech have been released, and the LA Times reports, the SOTU will go something like this:
“Middle-class economics works,” Obama is to say, according to speech excerpts released Tuesday in advance of his address. “Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”
Obama’s speech will include a proposal for free community college, expanded child-care tax credits, a push for paid leave and a proposed tax increase on the wealthy to help pay for programs the White House argues will help a battered middle class participate in the economic turnaround.
“At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth,” Obama is to say. “It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next 15 years, and for decades to come.”
If you want to watch the address with people likely to cheer what they hear, go to the DPOC headquarters for a watch party. Here are the details:
What: State of the Union Watch Party
When: Tuesday, January 20th, 5:30 pm. (Speech begins at 6:00 pm)
Where: IBEW Local 441 309 N Rampart Orange, CA 92868
RSVP to Marti Schrank at Marti@OCDemocrats.org or call 714.634.DEMS (3367).