Tuesday night President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address and what is to be his second to last address before the end of his presidency. To some, this was his best address yet as he was straightforward with many of his proposed policies and ideas. He started the speech by touching on the economy and the strides he’s made to improve it. Focusing on the middle class, President Obama discussed need for more opportunities and tax cuts for the middle class. The President stated the following:
“The verdict is clear,” the President said. “Middle class economics works. Expanding opportunity works. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”
In addition to that comment, the President called for the nation to be more transparent when it came to a fair economy for all. Stating that everyone deserves a fair shot, the president pointed out that the economy does well when everyone benefits from what they worked for. He mentioned that the nation should welcome rising incomes for those who work for it pointing out that the country works at its best when everyone gets a fair shot, does their fair share, and plays by the same set of rules.
President Obama also spent a considerable amount of time on education stating that he will propose that community college be free to all individuals who have a certain grade point average and who work hard. On the same note, the President discussed job creation and ensuring that Americans are able to get respectable positions that their skills match.
The President also touched on global issues discussing the issues surrounding ISIS and their terroristic threats. President Obama stated the following:
“Instead of getting dragged into another ground war in the Middle East, we are leading a broad coalition, including Arab nations, to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.”
When it comes to taxes, President Obama touched heavily on the subject of childcare and making more easily accessible for more American families. President Obama stated that his plan was to make quality healthcare more available as well as being more affordable for middle and low income families.
“My plan will make quality childcare more available, and more affordable, for every middle-class and low-income family with young children in America – by creating more slots and a new tax cut of up to $3,000 per child, per year”
This was President Obama’s second to last State of The Union Address before the end of his presidency.