Highlights of President Obama's 2015 State of the Union Speech
I liked it. Most of his agenda will be ignored by Congress, but hopefully these issues will be kept front and center with constant exposure between now and November 2016.
On (finally) ending the Cuban embargo:
“When what you're doing doesn't work for 50 years, it's time to try something new.”
On the need for better bridges, roads, ports, and trains:
“Let's set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline. [zing] Let's pass a bipartisan infrastructure plan that will create jobs. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this.”
He urged Congress to send him a bill allowing all American workers to earn paid sick leave:
“We're the only advanced country on Earth that doesn't guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers.”
To Republicans who keep voting against increasing the minimum wage, he said:
“If you truly believe you could work full time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it.”
He repeatedly used the term Middle Class Economics, defined as:
“The idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”
Urging Congress to stop trying to turn back the clock on Obamacare, banking regulations, etc., he said to stop:
“...unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or re-fighting past battles on immigration. If a bill comes to my desk that tries to do any of these things, it will earn my veto.”
The number of SOTU rebuttal speeches seems to grow exponentially every year. Tonight there were supposed to be five of them. Joni Ernst gave the “official” rebuttal speech. I tried to stay awake through the first few minutes of her fixed-smile sing-songy head-bobbing kiddies' show TV hostess demeanor, but I wasn't up to the task.
Other rebuttal speeches were by Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Curt Clawson and...(five was what I'd read online; I don't know who the fifth one was. Does it matter?)