Tonight was a night of great plans. The big theme of the third State of The Union address for President Obama was the economy. With the economy slowly recovering according to the quoted figures, President Obama outlined some ideas to keep the recovery going, and ensure that every American has a fair shot at achieving. To counterbalance the reality of outsourcing and the massive loss of jobs due to the Recession, the president spoke on the necessity of “nation-building at home” Economic protectionism was a strong undercurrent in this address. Consider the statements about the American auto industry being back.
One other strong underlying message was the indirect criticisms given of the Republicans. With the statement about not wanting to subsidize millionaires, and tax reform, its unmistakable that Mitt Romney was the target of that. No names necessary. Insider trading was mentioned, just in case Newt Gingrich thought he would escape unscathed. Now, this is a great thing for the president to hint at the need for reform. But, lets see how much of this actually comes to pass.
President Obama gave a great, uplifting speech tonight, and fended off attacks from his GOP critics. However, the question remains will he follow through on any of these promised reforms, or will they drop by the wayside like the public option promised during the health care debate? Will the promises to focus on alternative energy and retraining via community colleges ever see the light of day? For the sake of the people who need help, this writer certainly hopes so.
-Marc W. Polite
P.S.- Was it just me, or did President Obama just infer a possible trade war with China?