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#SOTU and the Younger Generation….my thoughts

President Obama gives his speech...With Speaker Boehner and the VP in the background

President Obama struck a very populist tone in his State of the Union address last night.  It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone, because campaign season will be on us before you know it.  Some of you may think that November is a long way away, but not for those heavily involved in this upcoming presidential race.

I’m a 26 year old man, who is now thankfully employed.  I decided to write this article in order to inform younger people such as myself about what President Obama proposes to do as it pertains to our generation.  The President gave a masterful speech last night from start to finish, but what may be on the horizon as far as legislation/action for our generation is of the most importance.

Jobs/Taxes

President Obama proposed additional tax credits for companies that choose to stay in America, and hire workers.  This is very important, because our current tax code actually rewards some companies for shipping jobs overseas.  This must end, and cannot be ignored any longer.  He also proposed to double the deductions that high tech manufacturers receive for hiring more American workers. Some U.S. companies are starting to take heed, as President Obama noted:

The CEO of Masterlock says that it now makes more sense for him to bring his jobs back to America.

With the unemployment rate at 8.9% for recent college grads, and 85% of recent grads stating that they (Erica Ho, Time Magazine,May 2011)will move back home with parents, things seem bleak.  This is why these jobs creation proposals are very important to pay attention to.

Community Colleges

With the rising cost of private and public 4 year colleges and universities, it is becoming increasingly difficult for kids to finance their education.  This is where community colleges come in.  Many states have excellent community colleges, that offer a sound education at  a fraction of the cost of a 4 year institution.  President Obama proposed a national commitment to train 2 million Americans with the skills that will lead directly to a job.  He also proposed to give community colleges the funding and resources they need to prepare this generation for the jobs of tomorrow. He wants to,”turn our unemployment system into a re-employment system that puts people to work”.

Schools, Student Loans, and more

Fixing our crumbling schools has always been a priority of the Democratic Party, and President Obama emphasized his support of such initiatives.  Giving schools the flexibility to teach with passion and creativity, and not just to a test are a few points he discussed in his speech.  He also asked that every state move to require kids to stay in school until they were 18, or they graduated.

As far as college students and recent college grads are concerned, President Obama proposed some things that may go a long way in assisting them.  He proposed a cap to prevent interest rates from doubling in July.  Extending the tuition tax credit along with doubling the number of work study jobs in the next 5 years was stated as a goal by the President.  His position on fighting for students and the young has never wavered.

What do the Republicans offer for our generation????Nothing.



Rick Santorum On Obama, Abortion: “Almost Remarkable For A Black Man’ To Say We Can Decide Who’s A Person”

I tell you folks, I don’t make this stuff up, I only report it. Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum was recently on CSN News to discuss the topic of abortion, and President Obama’s views on the subject. We all know that Santorum is a very vocal pro-lifer, which I have no problem with. I can even understand why he might disagree with the stance that President Obama and others have taken on abortion.

He loses me when he decides to bring race into the equation to use in the context of the conversation that he is having. Santorum cannot understand why President Obama will not answer whether a “human life” is protected by the Constitution at the moment of conception. I can even understand his frustrations…but then he says this:

The question is — and this is what Barack Obama didn’t want to answer — is that human life a person under the Constitution? And Barack Obama says no. Well if that person — human life is not a person, then — I find it almost remarkable for a black man to say, ‘we’re going to decide who are people and who are not people

Below is the clip of this moron in action:

I cannot understand why the race of President Obama has anything to do with his views on abortion. Is Santorum implying that there is some truth to the racist and stereotypical thinking that stated that African Americans were less than human? Does he believe that it is not the black mans place to even have an opinion on when human life begins or ends? This type of talk doesn’t surprise me at all…especially coming from a guy like Santorum. I guess its at least good that he is open, upfront, and honest about his racist beliefs. I have more respect for a racist who at least makes his views known, instead of concealing them.

I wont sit here and equate all Republicans with the views of Santorum, but lets be honest….more Republicans than Rick Santorum subscribe to this thinking, but they keep it to themselves and would never state it publicly. Good luck with Republicans and recruitment of minorities…make them feeel right at home, why don’t you.


New chief of staff for Obama on the horizon??

Possible chief of staff....William Daley

President Barack Obama is considering a move to bring William Daley on board as chief of staff. Daley is an executive with JP Morgan Chase, and also is the former US Commerce Secretary under President Clinton. Daley is also the son of late Chicago Mayor Richard Daley.

This would be another very smart move, especially given the fact that Obama will soon have to deal with a Republican controlled house. According to the CNN political ticker, Daley is just what Obama needs given the political environment:

A Democratic source compared Daley to James Baker and said “he’d be the perfect ‘campaign’ chief of staff” because he’s a shrewd player and can run the White House while keeping an eye on the president’s 2012 prospects. Some of Daley’s other assets include his good relationships with the GOP as well as the business community

Another reason this would be a good move is that it would help to combat the impression that the Obama administration is “anti-business”. Many corporate executives and business leaders have been at odds with some of the administrations policies, which may also be a reason some of them are sitting on massive profits and not hiring. A Daley appointment would be a good sign to the business community that the administration is ready to repair the relationship they have with many in the business community, and do all they can to put americans back to work. This move would actually continue some of the moves Obama has made of late in regards to business, as Pat Dollard notes:

Still, Obama is generating more optimism among corporate executives after a series of actions and overtures, including a deal to extend tax cuts enacted in 2001 and 2003, efforts to boost exports such as a U.S.-South Korea free-trade agreement, and a loosening of controls on some technology sales.

Interim chief of staff Pete Rouse has let it be known that he would rather not stay on in this position until the end of the first term, so finding a permanent replacement is essential. We will see what happens.


Clintons Back!!!!Just in time

President Obama and Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton made it back to his old stomping grounds on Friday. He held a joint press conference with President Barack Obama to voice his support for the recent tax cut deal that the President brokered with Republicans.

This was a very smart move by the White House, because this provides them another very credible surrogate to continue to trumpet the argument that this tax cut deal is the best that we could get, and actually a good compromise given the political circumstances. It may not do as much to mute the anger that many on the far left have over Obama’s compromise, but it should remind them that if the last successful TWO TERM Democratic president endorses this, then they would be wise to accept it and move on.

Below is the press conference for you to view in its entirety. It seemed as if Bill Clinton had not lost a step, and he was very comfortable addressing the media with ease.