This coming Tuesday, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Message. I’m covering a preview of it, because I will be doing volunteer work in prison that evening, so it will be Thursday, before I can give it the time it warrants.
President Obama on Tuesday will seek to move beyond the politics of the moment to define a second-term agenda built around restoring economic prosperity to the middle class, using his State of the Union address to unveil initiatives in education, infrastructure, clean energy and manufacturing.
Having secured four more years in the White House by arguing that the nation’s economy is tilted against ordinary Americans, Mr. Obama will vow to use the power of his office to recapture robust job growth and economic expansion, according to White House officials who have seen the speech. Both eluded him during his first term.
Mr. Obama will insist that only “a thriving middle class” can stimulate long-term growth and that Americans must be given the tools to succeed, according to the officials, who discussed the speech on the condition of anonymity. His call for new government investments — many of which Republicans successfully blocked in his first term — is an effort to shift the emphasis away from simply reducing the deficit and will serve in part as an answer to Republican criticism that he has not focused enough on jobs… [emphasis added]
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So far, I like what I see. He is focusing on the areas that need focus, and he is correct that only a thriving middle class can stimulate long-term growth. Republican criticism that he has not focused enough on jobs is absurd. Obama has focused on jobs. What has held job growth back is not a lack of Presidential focus. It is Republican obstruction and sabotage of every job creating initiative that Obama and the Democratic Party have proposed. It is also the loss of public sector jobs from failed Republican austerity measures.