2012 State of the Union Address

Watched the 2012 State of the Union Address tonight, as every responsible citizen should. You can find a PBS broadcast on YouTube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LD_wUNb0cw8.

Overall, I found The President’s address rather forceful and eloquent. He mentioned all the topics I would have expected and there were certain blatant injustices he ‘finger-pointed’ and brought to the audience’s attention (in case you’ve been sleeping under a rock for the past decade). Some of the topics included:

  • Taxes and Deficit Reduction
  • Trade
  • Job Creation
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Energy and Climate
  • Government Infrastructure
  • Housing and Mortgages
  • Government Reform
  • Foreign Policy

Here’s a word cloud I found for fun: http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/image_606w/WashingtonPost/Content/Blogs/ezra-klein/StandingArt/wordssotu.jpg?uuid=rA1yrkb7EeGZcsX2K1rJyg.

Here’s a link to the full transcript of the address (courtesy of USA TODAY) if you’d prefer to read it for yourself: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/story/2012-01-24/state-of-the-union-transcript/52780694/1?loc=interstitialskip.

I took a few excerpts that I thought were emotional and forceful:

In 2008, the house of cards collapsed. We learned that mortgages had been sold to people who couldn’t afford or understand them. Banks had made huge bets and bonuses with other people’s money. Regulators had looked the other way, or didn’t have the authority to stop the bad behavior.

It was wrong. It was irresponsible. And it plunged our economy into a crisis that put millions out of work, saddled us with more debt, and left innocent, hard-working Americans holding the bag.

It’s time to stop rewarding businesses that ship jobs overseas, and start rewarding companies that create jobs right here in America. Send me these tax reforms, and I’ll sign them right away.

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