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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

President Obama: "They deserve a vote"

George Wenschhof

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Obama Delivers Strong SOTU Speech - as billed, President Obama was agressive and encompassing in a very effective speech, culminating with a demand Congress vote on gun violence legislation.

The President began with the need to grow a rising and thriving middle class with a balanced plan of spending and cuts, while also taking a jab at Republicans by saying "we just can't cut our way to properity".

Obama called for high quality pre scoolcare for eevry child in America and proposed increasing the minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.00 per hour.

He proposed regional manufacturing hubs and stressed the need for investment in science and technology.

The President continued the call for comprehensive immigration reform and added the need fpr a free trade agreement with the Europian Union.

Obama also addressed climate change and said we needed to set a goal of cutting in half the energy wasted by homes and businesses over the next 20 years.  He threatened more use of executive action if Congress does not pass bipartisan legislation.

Addressing the need to rebuild the nation's crumbling infrastructure, Obama proposed a "fix it first" program.  A modern day WPA program with bridges being the first to be rebuilt.

He was tough on both Iran and N. Korea and stated 34,000 U.S. troops will be returned home this year from Afghanistan and the war would conclude by the end of next year.

Citing a 102 year old woman, who waited for 6 hours in line to vote, he announced the creation of a nonpartisan committee to protect American's right to vote.

All is all, a very optimistic and strong speech by President Obama.

In case you missed it, the full text as prepared is here and the full video is below.

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