Wednesday, January 21, 2015


    President Obama’s State of the Union address hit on a couple of my predictions but went left on the others. The president’s speech highlighted race, Cuba, tax reform and the middle class, but I predicted that the economic growth, education with and emphasis on community college, immigration would be his strongest point made the night of the address.
    I predicted that the president would talk strongly about the economy; the president addressed the topic first in his address. The president said, “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.” The economy growth was suggested in the previous column on the GDP growth rate in the past year. The president went as far to convey his economic growth and middle class proposal by inviting Rebekah Erler to the address to highlight the middle class needed help by the government. In that same section of the address my prediction ended up being the broad look at the middle class. The previous column written focused on the economic growth not the proposals the president would make on helping the growth of the middle class.
     One of the points I completely missed the equality of gays and gay marriage that the president made a topic in the night. The president acknowledged that the country’s progressive stance on the issue has seen that he said, “seven in ten Americans call home.”
     Another left turn that I found myself missing to predict happened to be the president’s voice on the race issues in the country in the matter of Ferguson and New York, a topic that eluded my thoughts when trying to put my predictions together. How the president himself wanted a more unified country acknowledging the cops and families fear for them and also the minority parents that have a fear for there sons as well, a definite oversight as a possible talking point with the address.
     Education and the president’s proposal to congress about the free two years of community college predicted presented in the speech for congress to be ready for in the near future. Granted what made this prediction easier the president’s spoiler the two weeks prior to the night of the address. Now the presented brought up the idea of affordable college as sticking points.
     The point of energy and the country ability to efficiently cut down pollution and add to federal lands presented as achievements under the president’s administration in the address. He did not go into depth though went as a point of acknowledgement and proceeded with the rest of his. Thought that the president might have gone a little deeper in what the administration would plan or propose to help the energy strategy.
      A missed prediction of the president bold claim of unity between his administration and the Republican leadership also missed my list of proposed points and even though this point happened later in the speech, it posed as a rallying point for bipartisanship and a better effort of communication between the president and republican leadership.
      In whole the President did talk about some of my predictions but besides education and the economy, the president breezed over the rest of my points. As in terms immigration the president did not go into as large of depth or proposal on the issue. The State of the Union address predictions were of some success but failed to hit the tougher point that the president made a part of his agenda for the upcoming final two years of his administration and presidency.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015


In this year’s State of the Union address President Obama will try to convince not only Congress but the American people that his final two years in office will not be labeled as his lame-duck years. Trying to get to an early start and get to work quickly the President has already hosted top Republican officials to the White House heading up to the address.                                            
    The previous year State of the Union address highlighted Higher Education and the White House College Opportunity Summit, Tax Code Reform, an Energy strategy to bring more jobs and reduce American dependency on oil, Immigration Reform and Equal Pay for Equal Work to close the inequality of women’s pay to men.
     In 2013 the President’s address had a different tune returning troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the revisited idea of Tax Reform and jobs growth.
     The address this year will have the President highlighting the economic growth of the country under his administration. According to US Bureau of Economic Analysis the country had an all time high GDP Growth rate at 16.9 percent in 2014.  Making way for the President to outline economic proposals for Congress and possible executive actions President Obama hinted at the end of 2014.  Apart of that idea of growth could be applied to the Auto Industry stability again with more manufacturing happening in America.
     Another point is Education and Higher Education at that. The President has put education in the State of the Union Address in years past this year has the same feeling. A week ago the President unveiled little of what could be a proposal for Congress on making community college first two years possibly free. It can be a spoiler as to the President’s possible point on education in the address.  The mantra Affordable College has been on the Presidents Education Agenda going back to last years address. With the proposal already announced the President would sure make the argument for the idea of affordable College.
      Now Immigration has been a hot button issue between Congress and the White House for quite sometime. With the midterm elections resulting in Republican control of the House and Senate one of the top priorities for the Republicans is Immigration reform.  Immigration reform being high up on the list of the party in control the President will have to talk about that point in the Address. finds that there are 11 million undocumented workers and people living in the United States.  Homeland Security put out the department’s statistics for 2013 a total of 662,483 undocumented individuals happened to be apprehended.
      Another section that would be brought back as another topic in the State of the Union address the Presidents energy strategy first proposed in 2014. With the gas prices low and energy having efficient cost for the time being look for the President to highlight the accomplishment of energy cost to Americans in the address. It will push the presidential agenda back to the renewed effort for alternative forms of energy either from the air or high on the list natural gas.
       The Presidential State of the Union Address will contain proposals and points that not only point out the administrations accomplishments in the past year but what the administration want to get done going forward.