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Obama: American dream in peril, fast action needed

President Barack Obama gestures while giving his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen at rear.

President Barack Obama gestures while giving his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday. Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listen at rear.

THE GOP RESPONSE

WASHINGTON — President Obama has resorted to “extremism” with stifling, anti-growth policies and has tried dividing Americans, not uniting them, Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels said Tuesday in the formal Republican response to the president’s State of the Union address.

Eight months after deciding not pursue a bid for his party’s presidential nomination, Daniels used his nationally televised speech to lash out at Obama and cast the GOP as compassionate and eager to unchain the country’s economic potential.

He took particular aim at Obama’s efforts in recent months to raise taxes on the rich and castigate them for not contributing their fair share to the nation’s burdens. He and other Republicans were hoping to both blunt and shift the focus away from Obama’s theme of fairness, which includes protecting the middle class and making sure the rich pay an equitable share of taxes.

“No feature of the Obama presidency has been sadder than its constant effort to divide us, to curry favor with some Americans by castigating others,” Daniels said, according to excerpts of his remarks released before he and Obama spoke. “As in previous moments of national danger, we Americans are all in the same boat.”

Daniels is a rarity in the GOP these days — a uniting and widely respected figure, contrasting with the divisiveness emanating from the contest for the presidential nomination being waged among former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and others.

Daniels, President George W. Bush’s first budget chief and a two-term Indiana governor, portrays himself as an ardent foe of budget deficits, though critics note he served during the abrupt shift from fleeting federal surpluses to massive deficits early in Bush’s term.

WASHINGTON — Declaring the American dream under siege, President Obama called Tuesday night for a flurry of help for a hurting middle class and higher taxes on millionaires, delivering a State of the Union address filled with re-election themes. Restoring a fair shot for all, Obama said, is “the defining issue of our time.”

Obama outlined a vastly different vision for fixing the country than the one pressed by the Republicans challenging him in Congress and fighting to take his job in the November elections. He pleaded for an active government that ensures economic fairness for everyone, as his opponents demand that the government back off and let the free market rule.

Obama offered steps to help students afford college, a plan for more struggling homeowners to refinance their homes and tax cuts for manufacturers. He threw in some politically appealing references to accountability, including warning universities they will lose federal aid if they don’t stop tuition from soaring.

Standing in front of a divided Congress, with bleak hope this election year for much of his legislative agenda, Obama spoke with voters in mind.

“We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” Obama said. “Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”

A rare wave of unity splashed over the House chamber at the start. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, survivor of an assassination attempt one year ago, received sustained applause from her peers and hugs from many. Obama, too, embraced her as he made his way to the front.

Lawmakers leapt to their feet when Obama said near the start of his speech that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden, killed by a raid authorized by the president, will no longer threaten America.

At the core of Obama’s address was the improving but deeply wounded economy — the matter still driving Americans’ anxiety and the one likely to determine the next presidency.

“The state of our union is getting stronger,” Obama said, calibrating his words as millions remain unemployed. Implicit in his declaration that the American dream is “within our reach” was the recognition that, after three years of an Obama presidency, the country is not there yet.

He spoke of restoring basic goals: owning a home, earning enough to raise a family, putting a little money away for retirement.

“We can do this,” Obama said. “I know we can.”

In a signature swipe at the nation’s growing income gap, Obama called for a new minimum tax rate of at least 30 percent on anyone making over $1 million. Many millionaires — including one of his chief rivals, Republican Mitt Romney — pay a rate less than that because they get most of their income from investments, which are taxed at a lower rate.

“Now you can call this class warfare all you want,” Obama said, responding to a frequent criticism from the GOP presidential field. “But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense.”

Obama calls this the “Buffett rule,” named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who has said it’s unfair that his secretary pays a higher tax rate than he does. Emphasizing the point, Buffett’s secretary, Debbie Bosanek, attended the address in first lady Michelle Obama’s box.

Obama underlined every proposal with the idea that hard work and responsibility still count. He was targeting independent voters who helped seal his election in 2008 and the frustrated masses in a nation pessimistic about its course.

In a flag-waving defense of American power and influence abroad, Obama said the U.S. will safeguard its own security “against those who threaten our citizens, our friends and our interests.” On Iran, he said that while all options are on the table to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon — an implied threat to use military force — “a peaceful resolution of this issue is still possible.”

With Congress almost universally held in low regard, Obama went after an easy target in calling for reforms to keep legislators from engaging in insider trading and holding them to the same conflict-of-interest standards as those that apply to the executive branch.

Comments

ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 2 months ago

I watched the entire Address, hoping to hear something new. All I heard was his promises to double-down on the same failed policies of his first three years in office. This was nothing more than a re-election speech. Where are the jobs, Mr. President?

And did my eyes deceive me or was that our esteemed Rep. Bishop about third in line at the door greeting Mr. Obama when he entered the room?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

This was an awesome speech by the President. His analogy about the Navy seals and this congress coming together was superb. His focus on this country being fair about taxes, and rebuilding the economy was refreshing. He is an inspiration to all who are honest, and caring for the future of the USA.If you can somehow find fault in his awesome message of hope this time, then you just need prayer.

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ObjectiveEyes 2 years, 2 months ago

Coach, unfortunately, talk is cheap and we've heard this rhetoric before. He gives really good (campaign) speeches, but, his record as a leader is unremarkable. Rhetoric is all he has to go on because he darn sure can't run on his (very short) record of accomplishments. Instead of "laser-like" focus on jobs, he was too busy cramming expensive, burdensome healthcare "reform" down our throats. His policies have failed us miserably and to think the same policies will lead us to prosperity is ignorant. (the definition of "insanity": doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different outcome)

If you want to talk about "fairness" regarding taxes, ok, then let's be honest. What exactly is unfair about the current tax code (other than it being impossible for the common man to understand)? Let's say you make $50,000 this year in salaries and wages...you pay the applicable tax rate. If you take $2,000 of that salary and invest it in the stock market and eventually the value increases to $2,500 and you sell it...you have a $500 capital gain and pay a top rate of 15%. Let's say you've done very well for yourself and don't have to work for a "salary"...you live off of your investments and pay capital gains taxes at the rate of? I'll give you a clue...it's 15%. Both people in these examples paid their "fair share." Right? What am I missing? Do you have a 401k? A retirement fund that has stocks in it? Well, if the capital gains rate is increased, guess what? Your tax bill goes up to.

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rock 2 years, 2 months ago

Man are your views skewed by Obama. He is the One Big Ass Mistake America made. You have to be part of this country that voted strictly on color. Obama is killing this country. The worst part is, he does'nt care as long as he can send his family on expensive vacations on the sweat of every struggling American.

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LuLu 2 years, 2 months ago

Coach, I think you meant that he's an inspiration to all who are DELUSIONAL!

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Sister_Ruby 2 years, 2 months ago

It is beneath the Office of the President to continue to strive to DIVIDE the country in a desperate attempt to get re-elected. But that's all He's got since his actual record is so dismal. We all know He will get 98% of the Black vote. But the Independents are too smart this time to be played for fools.

I can't wait until this Commie clown is out of office and back to organizing Chicago's Black communities.

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Wow Sister I thought Coach made a funny today but then I saw your last line. While the first of your line is right on point We can’t wait for him to be out. But seriously I’m sorry to bust your dream of OB returning to Chicago as a organizer. OB is now a multi millionaire and well above “those people” heck he doesn’t want to help them just look at his tax return LESS than one per cent donated to charities. He wants everyone else to help the ones in need but just not with his money. But I bet Coach has got another funny answer for that too…

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Sister Ruby-Tuesday needs to stop reading people's palms at the FLEA MARKET after smoking a fatty.....SHE IS DELUSIONAL!!! Did you guys read that dumb mess above......lol......

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VSU 2 years, 2 months ago

Only somebody like Coach could find anything possitive about the president and think this was the greatest speech of all time. It's all lies, just like the lies he told the first time to get elected. If Obama gets re-elected, the American Dream will become an American nightmare.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Bow your head my son, the word you seek to spell is "positive", not "possitive".....I know you did not get a good education at Valdosta State, but use spell check or a dictionary my son....this simple tool will help you in life as you try to get a job and out of the trailor park.....

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

"but use spell check or a dictionary my son....this simple tool will help you in life as you try to get a job and out of the trailor park..... "

LOL. It is amusing to see an ingorant, illiterate dimwit attempt to correct the spelling or grammar of another when they cannot spell themselves. He Corch, why don't you do a spell check on "trailor" ? There is no such word, my uneducated friend. I think you may have been shooting for "trailer." Now run along, the adults are talking now..

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

No, is said it right......when it comes to you guys.......it's trailor park"......trailer is an upgrade

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Nice try. You got caught half stepping- once again. Let me guess- DCSS/ASC graduate, right? There is no such word as "trailor." Did they not have dictionaries at Monroe High?

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Nope, I went to Deerfield.......lol

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

Sure you did, Coach, sure you did.

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Albanite 2 years, 2 months ago

The reason we have Congress is to prevent a President who has visions of a dictatorship from reaching his goals. The words ""With or without this Congress, I will keep taking actions" and "grant me the authority to consolidate the federal bureaucracy" should sound a loud alarm in the minds of every American.

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Albanite 2 years, 2 months ago

Did anyone else notice that the keylighting was staged to make it appear as if a beam of light was radiating down on Obama? That is a classic technique used by Adolf Hitler.

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Cartman 2 years, 2 months ago

He is correct about the Amertican dream being in danger. Of course, this is in large part due to his own actions. He took a dire economic situation and pulled all the wrong levers. He turned a dangerous situation into a catastrophe. I only hope that our nation will survive the most divisive, opaque, and socialist President, in our history. Whenever he speaks, he says some of the right things, but my impression is that I am listening to a charlatan.

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 2 months ago

The first thing I thought of when I saw the headline, "...fast action needed" was "GET RID OF OBAMA...FAST!"

Okay, so I've been listening to this taxation bit, mostly brought about because of the release of Romney's tax return. From my very limited understanding of the tax code, the 15% that everyone is losing theirs minds over is charged on capital gains income vs. the 30-something percent on your wages.

It appears to me that BO is comparing apples with oranges and hopes that the mindless sheep (American voters) will believe whatever he says. Is BO comparing Warren Buffet's tax rate on capital gains versus his secretary's tax rate on capital gains? Is his secretary being paid in stocks? I'll bet he's using Buffet's tax rate on capital gains vs. "Debbie's" tax rate on her wages in his speech. C'mon Mr. President--we're not all that stupid.

If the tax code is ailing, then do a flat tax, which I support. EVERYONE pays...yes, I said everyone. Whether you made $20,000 or $20 million, you pay the same tax. The travesty is that 47% of Americans pay no taxes. This is not, as BO would put it, "economic fairness."

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

When I saw the headline I thought "Obama PUT the American Dream in Peril; Fast Action needed to get rid of him!".

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justworkin 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm so tired of all the partison politics, for 9 years this country has been ripped down the middle. Mr. GW Bush said repeatedly "I'm a Uniter, not a Divider", that proved to be far from the truth. Whether you're Left or Right Wing, we're all riding the Same Eagle, and we're All Americans, maby it's time to come to the middle instead of trying to pull off our other wing. This country is in serious trouble if we keep splitting our Eagle, there are good and bad points on Both Sides.

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justworkin 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm so tired of all the partison politics, for 9 years this country has been ripped down the middle. Mr. GW Bush said repeatedly "I'm a Uniter, not a Divider", that proved to be far from the truth. Whether you're Left or Right Wing, we're all riding the Same Eagle, and we're All Americans, maby it's time to come to the middle instead of trying to pull off our other wing. This country is in serious trouble if we keep tearing apart our Eagle, there are good and bad points on Both Sides. As far as capitol gains go, well I had to pay tax on the interest I earned on my bank acct why shouldn't they have to pay tax on money they earn on an investment, there's no difference.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

This was an awesome speech by the President. His analogy about the Navy seals and this congress coming together was superb. His focus on this country being fair about taxes, and rebuilding the economy was refreshing. He is an inspiration to all who are honest, and caring for the future of the USA.If you can somehow find fault in his awesome message of hope this time, then you just need prayer.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

Maybe I need prayer. I find a lot of fault. He claims there were 4 million jobs lost and this is not accurate. As far as jobs gained, where are they. Not in Albany, GA. As for me, I decided to vote for Gingrich because Nancy Peloshi does not like him. If so, he is the man for me.

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justworkin 2 years, 2 months ago

I'm so tired of all the partison politics, for 9 years this country has been ripped down the middle. Mr. GW Bush said repeatedly "I'm a Uniter, not a Devider", that proved to be far from the truth. Whether you're Left or Right Wing we're all riding the Same Eagle, and we're All Americans, maby it's time to come to the middle instead of trying to pull off our other wing. This country is in serious trouble if we keep splitting our Eagle, There are good and bad points on Both Sides. It's getting old being told what side I'm Supposed to be on, maby one thing just doesnt work the same way for everyone. The President is doing as good as he can when all he has is a bunch of just say No in congress.

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chinaberry25 2 years, 2 months ago

The tax code will always be on the back of the of the middle class people. They do not have any income to speak of except a job. Rich folks live off trust funds and inheritence. Many have timber. That is another sore subject. Timber is Georgia's biggest crop and if the taxes are increased less timber will be planted, jobs lost and bank accounts will be slimmer. This area is timber country and we will go lacking. Folks will move out of the area and we will lose congressional districts. It trickles down. You sell your home because of a divorce, you will pay 30% on profit instead of 15%. Start saving and investing and you can also take advantage of what rich folks already know. Besides they have enough money to move to another more tax favorable country.

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rock 2 years, 2 months ago

Let's leave CoachJOhnson be. He is an Obama Lover, won't listen to anything except the sound of his own voice and is on the Let's kill america band wagon. Obama wants to a dictator and is a charismatic speaker. However so was Hitler, Obama says he will do things as he pleases with or with out congress/senate approval _ Hitler/Sadaam. Obama wants to live opuelently, on the backs and money of the people he leads. Hitler/Sadaam/Amin/Kadafi. There are lots of followers of these dictators that thought they were the next messiah that in end were treated as badly as the rest of the world.

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ECantorGOP 2 years, 2 months ago

I truly enjoyed the speech. Southwest GA (and the south in general) might as well accept the fact that things are turning around and the time for our continued "stinkin thinking" is old. President Obama will be elected again and I plan on voting for him, for the GOP field is pitiful. Unemployment is decreasing, consumer confidence is increasing, and the power of positive thinking will always defeat the stench of SWGA's "stinkin thinking." YES WE CAN!!!........AGAIN!!!!

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TrixibelleBento 2 years, 2 months ago

My head's spinning around like Linda Blair's. The green vomit is coming next.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

ECantontorGOP------well said my friend!!!! Great post!!

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The_Dude 2 years, 2 months ago

I think we all can agree the GOP field is less than stellar. However, anything would be an upgrade to what we have now. If you vote BHO again, you just aren't paying attention and voting for other reasons.

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Jacob 2 years, 2 months ago

I am starting to believe that Coach doesn't even believe what he writes. Perhaps he is some white racist just trying to portray a black man as adopting and spewing rediculous positions in spite of evidence to the contrary, just to make black people look bad. Think about it...

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

How much crack did you smoke before you wrote that mess?

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Abytaxpayer 2 years, 2 months ago

Now that is one thing about Coach that makes a lot of sense, only someone Pretending to be so uninformed could act that dumb. Next I bet he will claim he is not Pretending.

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

I am in no way making light of the situation put forth here or in any of your posts, for I find them very interesting. I read every one of them, but have a question and hope you will take it in the serious manner in which it is asked. Are things that bad for you? I am not asking as a Democrat or Republican, an Independent, or a Liberitarian for I have no party affiliation. I am asking as a fellow American, as a retiree, living on a fixed income. I guess what I am wondering is, has your American Dream been shattered beyond all hope, as it sounds as tho it has? Budget deficits, lost jobs...etc..have you lost your job? Your home? So much anger and yes, sometimes I too wonder, Jacob, about coach...I too wonder if coach is someone playing with the board, trying to stir emotions. I don't let anyone get to me tho, so it doesn't bother me when someone does some pot stirring but I do see why you would say that. Everyone seems so angry tho, it makes me wonder, doesn't anyone have anything good to say about their life? These are bad times, yes, but I really have no complaints. Sorry, life is too short, or what I have left, for complaining. Mine is good, I am enjoying it. They can run a frog for president for all I care. Ribbit.

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Shinedownfan 2 years, 2 months ago

My immediate family is healthy, this is a good thing. God forbid if something should happen and we would have to depend on Phoebe, tho. I shudder at that thought.

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

Well I don't care much for Phoebe myself but have always chosen Palmyra over it and have had doctors who have given me a wink and said "you may have this procedure done at either hosptial you choose but I do prefer Palmyra". I had one bad experience with Phoebe concerning billing that involved me reporting them to the feds and since then I have had no problem whatsoever from them when I have had to go there for testing that could only be done there. I guess we are BFF's now. The problem existed way, way back in the days when Champus seemed to be rather confusing for billing clerks and either they had no idea how to file it or did not understand that it was a health insurance for military....retired and active duty. Now it is widely accepted as Tricare and Tricare for Life and problems are non-existant.

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coachjohnson42 2 years, 2 months ago

Let me just say i appreciate the spirit in which you so beautifully asked your question. I want you to know I am the happiest I have ever been. I am healthy, and making more money now than I ever have thanks to our President and the American Dream. Life is too short to hate.....so why do it? This is soo much fun!!! I love it....Have a great day!!!

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agirl_25 2 years, 2 months ago

Yes it is too short and I too am living the American Dream but I don't thank one person. It took a lot of hard work on the part of me and my husband to get to where we are today, and many, many administrations.

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