Sunday, January 31, 2010

So, how is the State of the Union?

The 2010 State of the Union speech was given Wednesday by President Barak Obama to a joint session of Congress. 

The speech was delivered on the floor of the United States House of Representatives in the United States Capitol. The presiding officers of the Senate and the House of Representatives, Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sat behind the president.

The speech President Obama gave was full of good things and encouraging words. And among other topics, Obama discussed proposals for job creation and federal deficit reduction.

After Obama’s Speech, the newly inaugurated Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell delivered the Republican response following the speech from the floor of the House of Delegates at the Virginia State Capitol in front of over 300 people.

But the topic that I tuned into the most was the investing in the skills and education of our people. Obama promised to renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, revitalize community colleges, end taxpayer subsidies to banks for student loans, a $10,000 tax credit for families for four years of college, an increase Pell Grants, and only 10% of income going towards student loans. Obama also promised that all student loan debts would be forgiven after 20 years, or after 10 years if they choose a career in public service, he promised that there would be cost cutting at colleges and universities.

But besides all of this, Obama had a lot more to promise during his speech. Many people are suggesting that maybe Obama is taking on a little too much right now, while others have said that after one year of office he hasn’t really accomplished that much. But despite all of the doubt, Obama asked and discussed the importance of bipartisanship as he encouraged the nation that we can overcome what was actually left for him in these trying times.

1 comment:

  1. thats alot of promises this State of the Union address, and to think all the ones he made before his election he has failed to keep and some he outright said he never made even with video proof.

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