Quit grinning Joe, you look like a buffoon.
OMG did O just try to say they created more transparency when they took over the bailouts???!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Look at the lovely smirky grin on Nancy.
"Modest fee on big banks to pay back the taxpayers who bailed them out in their time of need" - you mean the ones who were forced to take the money? Oh and I thought they were paying back they money, so this is in ADDITION to the paybacks? Yeah that same old tired dog.
Cut taxes for 95% of Americans - most of whom dont pay taxes to begin with?
Cut taxes for small business - huh? dont know about that but they are paying higher portions of COBRA for laid off workers thanks to his "tax cuts".
"No income taxes increased by a single dime" - YET
and there's the magical 2million jobs saved or created again - cops, teachers, firefighters. Gee I hadn't heard they were all about to lose their jobs to begin with...
dang was that Dingy Harry yawning already?
Now we're getting to more meat and potatoes: jobs focus of 2010 and calling for a new jobs bill, first time the Republicans stood up and applauded since he walked into the room.
BUT, a jobs bill is not really what we need. Businesses are not hiring because they are uncertain. Uncertain of what taxes they can budget for, uncertain of health care costs to budget for, uncertain of utility costs to budget for. Stop doing anything and let everyone get back to work.
I'm sure he won't listen to me so back to the address.
New nuclear power plants? Really? Hmmm might be onto something there. Along with expanded offshore drilling and clean coal technology. Yeahhhh let's see you get that past the environmentalists.
Increase our exports. Sounds good, but with our manufacturing base decimated it will be interesting to see how we're going to accomplish that. And we do NOT need another NAFTA type agreement.
Just HAD to bring up the energy bill again. It's a JOBS KILLER! You can't be serious about any of your proposals if you keep trying to push this crap through. He's talking about even if you don't believe the science, it's where the economy of the world is going and we need to be number one (paraphasing greatly there). Ummmm actually, most of the world is coming around to realize what a scam this is. You will see more and more back peddling on this one around the world.
He wants to continue work on Health Care.
Then in my opinion, he blew it when he started "preaching" at the Republicans for obstructing. Not a chance of trying to understand why they keep trying to stop his policies when they are so far left, that is not leadership.
Also attacked the Supreme Court for it's recent ruling on 1st Amendment protection on campaign spending by corporations. Urged Congress to draft legislation basically to undermine their ruling. That could cost him down the road.
So no one took my bet as to which way Obama would choose to go with this address. Shame, cause I could have made some money. He is still sticking to his agenda, not budging or coming back to the center at all.
I give him a C-. And that is only as high as it is because of the power plants and offshore drilling.
Need to throw this in here: solutions.gop.gov
Read the Republican response from Gov McDonnell, nice speech but didn't really "respond" to much of what Obama proposed. I give it a B-.