Blog: Thoughts on the State of the Union address
February 27, 2013
Spend more, spend more and spend more. That is what President Obama said during his State of the Union speech. He used the word “invest” instead of his “former’s words”, stimulus and spending. This is because the poll numbers for the word stimulus are low, and a majority of Americans think that the government spends way too much.
So, the president did what he usually does, changing his wording while still having the same message of growing the government. Obama said he does not want a big government, but a smart government. Well, Mr. President, what was the intention of your jobs bill? It would increase the number of public workers, which in many ways is good, but in turn would add a huge burden to the American taxpayers.
Obama says he wants tax reform, but has never even proposed a plan except one that taxes the one percent even more, when they already pay for 40 percent of all tax revenues. Why does a group so small in numbers pay so much? The top 10 percent pay over 60 percent of all tax revenues. Now, I’m not saying tax the middle class more, but rather just cut government spending. Under the Obama administration, the government has spent $10 trillion. The Bush administration spent $6 trillion in two terms. How do you spend $10 trillion in one term?
The Republican response to Obama’s speech was done by rising GOP star, Marco Rubio, a young U.S. senator from Florida.
His speech had the intent of making himself seem more reliable to the American people. He said he grew up not wealthy, but not poor, owning up to currently being a middle class citizen. This allowed him to more effectively address the issue of taxes on middle class families. During the election, Republicans were painted as only caring about the rich. Rubio reversed this by saying that he would not have any reason to tax his own family and neighbors more.
Additionally, during the speech, Rubio took a sip of water that left people up in arms. And I say, really? Everyone needs a drink of water. At one point, the President himself took a sip of water (granted, the cameras were not focused on him).
Overall, the State of the Union went just the way it should. Now, Congress just needs to start working harder than ever before, particularly on the debt, which, by the way, the president did not even mention.