Tuesday, January 25, 2011

We do big things.

It's not hard to find someone willing to tell you what's wrong with this country. It seems to be the only good thing that has come out of our recent adversity is the peoples renewed interest in the actions of the government, like a TV show they lost track of for a few seasons and are trying to get current on again. And tonight President Obama in his State of the Union speech provided an excellent summary of the nation thus far, as well as some of the highlights of where this show is headed. One thing I wasn't expecting was the particular section of the speech on innovation. We are a country of innovators without a doubt, and the apparent focus on new ideas and inventions was... unanticipated but not unwelcome. High speed rail? Clean energy research? Alright, not bad ideas. Next up is education. Now we're somewhat back on familiar ground, our education system could certainly use some work. Preparing 100,000 teachers in the fields of math, science, and engineering is a great start. Permanent tuition tax credit? Good news to soon-to-be college students like myself. I'm not sure what to think on the foreign students deal though, that deserves a reservation of judgement. And we move on to infrastructure. A great point if you're from Louisiana (the state that road maintenance forgot). I've already stated the high speed rail project, but high speed Internet and highway repair round out this point. Okaayy. Next President Obama discussed business. Namely the lowering of the corporate tax rate and the cultivating of the import export business with India and China. Well we do kind of owe China... Then healthcare came up. I'm sure we were all expecting this. I have to say I agree on this aspect. It's easier to change than to start from scratch. There are good and bad parts about Obamacare, and at this stage reform is the better option in my opinion. And we come to debt. This is what we've all been waiting for. As for the cuts in spending, where will they come from? Who will be affected? Reorganizing government? Not a bad idea, but how without domestic spending? Okay, defense. We've done well overseas, what with START and the Middle East and all our usual issues. Briging our troops home by July was a nice way to round out the point as well. And we end with a reminder of the American Dream and how it's made itself evident today. All together a great speech in terms of uniting the country. But the one thing this speech lacks is what was lacking in President Obama's 2008 campaign. The mention of how. If you stuck with the speech all the way through, you'll realize that was a hell of a list to get through in two years. So how are we going to do this? It's great to say we're America and we kick tail and take names but at this point a battle plan would be nice. We have two years before we enter another election and apparently in those two years America is supposed to undergo massive change that makes things better. We shall see.

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