State of the Union 2016

 Posted by at 09:55  Politics
Jan 132016
 

President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address last evening. It was, in my opinion, one of his best. Rather than focus on a legislative agenda, which he knew he would never get through the Republican-controlled Congress, he talked a bit about what he has accomplished and lot about his hopes for the future of our country. In case you somehow missed it or just want to watch and listen again…

The full transcript of the President’s address, as prepared for delivery, follows the break.

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State of the Union 2015

 Posted by at 09:40  Politics
Jan 212015
 

President Barack Obama’s sixth State of the Union address:

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State of the Union 2012

 Posted by at 21:54  Politics
Jan 242012
 

President Obama delivered his third State of the Union Address this evening. The full text of the address, as prepared for delivery, follows the break.

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State of the Union preview

 Posted by at 17:20  Politics
Jan 242011
 

President Obama will deliver his State of the Union Address to a joint session of Congress tomorrow evening at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Check your local listings. Here’s a quick preview of what you can expect…

 

State of the Union 2010

 Posted by at 21:36  Politics
Jan 272010
 

President Barack Obama just finished delivering his first official State of the Union Address.

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SOTU Preview

 Posted by at 15:45  economy, Politics
Jan 252010
 

President’s Obama’s first official State of the Union Address is scheduled for this Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST. This morning, he and Vice President Biden held a meeting with the Middle Class Task Force. During that meeting, several themes were previewed which will likely make their way into Wednesday evening’s speech. Among them:

  • Require companies that do not offer retirement plans to enroll their employees in direct-deposit retirement accounts unless the workers opt out.
  • Increase the “Savers Credit,” a tax credit for retirement savings, for families making up to $85,000.
  • Change some of the rules for 401(k) employer-sponsored retirement savings accounts to make them more transparent.
  • Increase the child tax credit rate to 35 percent of qualifying expenses from the current 20 percent for families making under $85,000 a year. Families making up to $115,000 would be eligible for some increase in the tax credit.
  • Increase child care funding by $1.6 billion in 2011 to serve an additional 235,000 children.
  • Boost government spending by $102.5 million for programs aimed at helping families who provide home care for an aging relative.
  • Ease the burden for student loans by limiting a borrower’s payments to 10 percent of his or her income above a basic living allowance.

Noticeably missing was any mention of health care reform. (Not quite true, actually. The President did mention “health care that’ll be there when you get sick.”)

A transcript of both the Vice President’s and the President’s remarks follows the break.

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