State of the Union Recap

So here’s what I did like

- the idea of bringing jobs back to this country. I amen this: It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America.

-fixing the tax structure, something I think Obama should have done before he put all that energy into the national health care.  Seems to me if you fix the tax structure, you’d have the money you need to implement a better health care plan.  All for this: From now on,every multinational company should have to pay a basic minimum tax. And every penny should go towards lowering taxes for companies that choose to stay here and hire here. Third, if you’re an American manufacturer, you should get a bigger tax cut. If you’re a high-tech manufacturer, we should double the tax deduction you get for making products here.

-addressing the immigration issue: Let’s also remember that hundreds of thousands of talented,
hardworking students in this country face another challenge: The fact that they aren’t yet American citizens. Many were brought here as small children, are American through and through, yet they live every day with the threat of deportation.
Reform in the immigration policy is the one area in which I actually support Newt Gingrich. He’s got some good ideas on this issue. Whatever Obama’s ideas are, he’s made very little effort in getting them implemented.

What I don’t see working:

- Education. I call on every State to require that all students stay in high school until they graduate or turn eighteen. Great idea. How are you going to make that work? Parents have to be a total buy-in on this and they will never agree to it. Shoot, a bulk of parents quit parenting when kids turn 13. Ever try to get a 16-year-old do something they don’t want to do?

- More on Education: This Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July. Extend the tuition tax credit we started that saves middle-class families thousands of dollars. And give more young people the chance to earn their way through college by doubling the number of work-study jobs in the next five years. And where is the money for those work-study jobs going to come from?

- And more on Education: So let me put colleges and universities on notice: If you can’t stop tuition from going up, the funding you get from taxpayers will go down. Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford. Do you really imagine that colleges and universities like raising tuition? We pay lip service to education in this nation. Where are cash-strapped states supposed to get the monies from to help universities?

And China, they are not going to like President Obama’s message much.

What about you?

What did you like? Dislike? What did you think?

 

About Karen Spears Zacharias

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  • Richard

    “Whatever Obama’s ideas are, he’s made very little effort in getting them implemented.”

    Google The Dream Act if you want to know his thoughts on what to do with undocumented immigrants that are in the US.

  • Brian

    I take it that you have never had a course in economics. So you are excused for putting forth silly ideas about taxation, business, etc. Obama, however, should know better.

  • http://middletree.blogspot.com James Williams

    The reason college tuitions have gone up so much is that people are willing to get loans to pay them. Since the govt has practically taken over college lending over the past 2 years, my recommendation is they put a cap on student loans. If we tell students they cannot get a loan for, say, $4,000 per year, then watch how quickly tuitions will drop.

  • Sharon O

    I was not impressed.

  • AFRoger

    I led my Bible study last night, so was not able to watch. However, have read several commentaries this AM. The whole thing seems surreal, detached from reality. I voted for Mr. Obama, desperately hoping for change; now profoundly disappointed. His lack of experience left him with too steep a learning curve to match the times and the needs of the nation.

    I believe Pres. Obama shot himself in the foot by not vetoing the 2009 stimulus package and asking for a “clean” bill with the 7-8K earmarks removed. It may not have made any difference in the recovery, but it would have sent the right message and invited GOP cooperation down the road. Yes, we needed action quickly; but not w/ such a fatal flaw attached. Strike one.

    Then he pushed for health care reform, which we need and have needed for 30 years. The cost of health care and employee benefits here is THE biggest reason why so many jobs have gone offshore and will not return. We ended up w/ little reform but the broad perception of big government bungling. But HE didn’t lead the effort. Something got passed by the narrowest of squeaky maneuvers, but it was a must-do to save face, not a must-have because it was our very best effort or a real solution. The President showed himself to be weak and w/o the stomach for a real fight. Strike two.

    Afghanistan. WAY too long to review and adopt a strategy or policy that no more than goes in before it comes back out again. Strike three.

    No wonder he has been seen as a kind of lame duck by the GOP since year one of his term. The disastrous deficit/debt ceiling talks last year cost us all billions in diminished investments and retirement funds, probably made things worse in Europe–which in turn made things worse here. If that’s what legislative and presidential leadership look like, no wonder I feel hungry. And we aren’t done yet, because nothing got solved last year. Nothing.

    So to the State of the Union. These have long been political theater on an ever declining level. Do we think that ONE thing of the generalities mentioned will actually move anywhere thru Congress before November? We’re on perpetual hold here. So just for the drill, let’s take one thing and run it through a local company: Nike.

    “..stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America…”

    OK, let’s say we push Nike to start making most of its shoes here in Oregon. First, it has to build factories. Second, it has to find and train workers. Third, where do those workers live, and how do they get to and from work? Fourth, it has to pay workers and provide some kind of benefit package. Even with unheard of co-pays and deductibles, Nike’s costs to manufacture would triple. Shoe prices would double, at least. Sales and earnings/stock prices would plummet. We’d all be unhappy because our stock portfolios would take a hit, although some of our neighbors would have jobs–until Li Ning put Nike out of business by selling knock-off shoes at 1/3 the price.

    Phil Knight wouldn’t have millions and millions to gift his favorite state university and football team, and they wouldn’t have brand new fashion uniforms and helmets several times a season. They might never win another bowl game, recruiting would suffer, and so would the season record. Most sports fans here would long for the good ol’ days of the “flesh pots of Egypt”, I fear.

    Things to think about before we not only ship jobs and machinery but entire industries overseas. We don’t fix that with one speech, stalemated government, or putting everything on hold because yet another election is coming four years from now.


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