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Old 01-27-2010, 10:35 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Obama's State of the Union: Do you care?

What do you think of President Obama's State of the Union address?

Was it something that you agreed with what he said? Did you find it helped you understand his position and what he's been doing for the past year?

Did you disagree? Did you find that his actions made the situation worse or didn't do anything at all?

I tried to watch it but it was hard for me to watch as I was involved in another activity at the time. I've read through it though, and I find it more rhetoric than anything.

I'm re-reading it now to hopefully see something more in it than what I'm currently understanding.
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Old 01-27-2010, 11:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I watched it, and it was a good speech. There were a few funny moments as well.

And I liked that he went after some groups of people who are causing problems instead of doing something to fix them.

I'm not sure it will change very much, but it did outline a better direction to head in, and explained where we are.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:54 AM   #3 (permalink)
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He's a good speaker.

That's all I got. I was at work.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:05 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Didn't really watch it too closely, but I don't like what he said about the Supreme Court. He shouldn't be fucking with another branch like that. It's just not right.
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Old 01-28-2010, 07:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I really enjoyed what he said about (and to) the supreme court. I wish he'd call more people out to their faces on national television.
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:38 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I really enjoyed what he said about (and to) the supreme court. I wish he'd call more people out to their faces on national television.
Me too, especially when they basically gave corporations the green light to determine our elections (even more than they do now).

Although I voted for Obama, I've been somewhat disappointed in his desire to show bipartisanship at the expense of getting anything done. You can bet your ass that if the republicans had a super-majority, they'd have passed a decade's-worth of legislation in their first year - all the while saying to the democrats, "Suck it - there's nothing you can do about it!"

I've got to admit, though, that I felt a lot better after the speech than before it. I'm particularly encouraged by his promise to extend federal tax credits to anyone buying something to conserve energy. That's the way to increase green businesses (and I'm trying to start one that will conserve water). The Stimulus certainly didn't - the Stimulus "green business" money in my state all went to the two biggest electric utilities. So much more small business growth . . . .

I think the tax credits will help - people will start buying energy-conserving devices if there's a more realistic return on investment. I think the present ROI on solar panels is 30 years. Our state already has a 25% tax credit for installing a "water-conservation system"; another 25% from the feds would make it a Half-Price Sale. That'll help a business grow, and it's good for the planet, too.
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:55 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Didn't he more or less just reiterate his platform? Staying the course and all that? With a few added bonuses?
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