Obama visits GOP strongholds of Idaho, Kansas

22 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama Drops Instantly Legendary Ad-Libbed Burn on Republicans During State of the Union.

REDWOOD CITY, California – A noticeably revitalized President Barack Obama appeared Tuesday night before the new GOP-led Congress to paint the state of the nation. “America, for all that we’ve endured; for all the grit and hard work required to come back; for all the tasks that lie ahead, know this: The shadow of crisis has passed and the state of the Union is strong,” he said.President Obama, in what he said was the fourth quarter of his presidency, stood on a stage set upon a football field Wednesday and made the pitch that his policies still have a chance even with Republican control of Congress.

The president circled back to the themes of change and unity that he campaigned on during his first presidential race as he defended the promises he made then and policies he believes have, and will, deliver. “My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol: to do what I believe is best for America,” he said.President Obama met Wednesday with the wife of an American pastor who’s been imprisoned in Iran for more than two years, telling her that securing Saeed Abedini was a top priority for his administration. Obama was buoyed by a growing US economy, increasing number of jobs, lower gas prices, and a job approval rating that’s the highest since the government shutdown in 2013. “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well?

Standing in front of a banner reading “Middle-Class Economics,” Obama said Idaho, a state that only gave him about a third of the vote both times he ran for president, was an example for the nation on investing in technology and education, two key parts of Obama’s economic platform. A glance last night across the ashen Republican faces in a Congress controlled by Mr Obama’s rivals leaves little doubt that the progressive goals he set out last night have little chance of passing. Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?” he said. “To everyone in this Congress who still refuses to raise the minimum wage, I say this: If you truly believe you could work full time and support a family on less than $15,000 a year, try it. Obama and Congress already are preparing to engage in several funding fights this year, starting with appropriations for the Homeland Security Department, which expires at the end of February, a transportation funding bill in May, and the federal debt limit later in the year.

I know that this meeting could not have occurred without prayer and I am grateful to the many people around the country and world who continue to pray for Saeed’s release.” She added: “The president repeated his desire to do all that he can to bring Saeed home. President Obama hit back at his critics, noting how “the pundits” have said his presidency hasn’t delivered on his promise of unity, that politics appears more guided than ever and that his vision was misguided. That means the world to me and my children and has given me a renewed sense of hope.” Naghmeh told Obama that she prays for him often, and said he smiled when Naghmeh told him that she had refrained from food and had fasted for days praying that God would grant this meeting with him. Aides said the visits to Idaho and Kansas, two states dominated by the Republican Party and which he lost by wide margins in the 2008 and 2012 elections, were intended to show that some of the economic proposals he’s making have bipartisan support.

The GOP-led Congress is blocking Obama’s recent orders including his executive action on immigration. “We can’t put the security of families at risk by taking away their health insurance, or unraveling the new rules on Wall Street, or re-fighting past battles on immigration when we’ve got to fix a broken system. The cheering Boise throng of about 6,600 stood in contrast to the US House chamber he had addressed less than 24 hours before, where more than half of lawmakers ignored the applause lines in his speech. Mr Obama made no reference to the election hammering that Democrats took in November’s midterm elections and mostly ignored the political reality that he must broker deals with his opponents. She appeared to take a less combative stance by saying she will not respond to the speech, but alluded to Washington’s faults, saying Congress has its own solutions. “Americans have been hurting,” she said. “But when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare.

Given that Republicans are unlikely to approve $320 billion of tax increases that penalise their supporters, Mr Obama’s bold declarations and proposals around “middle-class economics” are unlikely to break the pattern of partisan gridlock that paralysed the last Congress. Over the last two-and-a-half years, Abedini has endured long stints in solitary confinement, and, according to his attorneys, beatings and torture at the hands of his jailers and fellow inmates. The president and Republicans both have said they want to revamp the tax system to simplify it and close loopholes, though they’re far apart on the details.

The speech can be seen as Mr Obama’s attempt to consolidate a legacy as an agent of change, or at least at attempted change in the face of obstructionist Republicans. Can’t understand why she was bragging about walking to school with bread bags on her feet during the Reagan administration as an example of why we should put our faith in Republican “trickle down” economics. Last August, Abedini’s children, Jacob, 6, and Rebekka, 7, made a YouTube video in which they appealed to President Obama to help win their father’s freedom. And now, we’re working hard to pass the kind of serious job-creation ideas you deserve.” As for the majority of the public, a recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll shows people believe that a divided government does not work well for the country. They showed him creations meant to mimic motorcycle parts and a printout of a patient’s human spine used to help surgeons identify problems before surgery.

The administration plans to convene a group of employers, education and training providers, labor organizations, nonprofits, and other groups to support job training for US workers, according to a White House fact sheet. Mr Obama’s speech felt in parts like a farewell address defending his track record and long-held policy positions that he has no interest in compromising and which Republicans have no interest in passing.

Now we’re hearing stories about how President Obama wants to provide two years of free community college education, so long as students maintain a decent GPA and make timely progress to graduation. The president went further, threatening to veto Republicans if they tried to unwind his healthcare law, Wall Street rules or immigration actions or threatened nuclear talks with Iran by introducing sanctions. However, if our nation’s education system is going to suffer and lag behind the model already accepted by much of the rest of the West because Republican lawmakers can’t bring themselves to propose a compromise funding strategy, well, I think that’s a good indicator of what’s wrong in Congress. Considering the amount of money students and families can save and the increase in education nationwide, President Obama’s plan will give students a promise and chance to receive education. Rather than fruitlessly taking on these third rails of conservative tax policy, the president should focus on the inexcusably generous tax treatment afforded to America’s richest via the loophole inherent in the “carried interest” rule.

In 2014, the manager of a larger hedge fund earned an average income of $2.4 million, $2.1 million of which was from so-called performance bonuses subject to a 20 percent tax rate. That’s 5 percent less than the 25 percent marginal tax rate levied on a middle-class couple with a combined household income ranging from $73,800 to $148,850. The American people deserve to know how anyone can justify keeping the carried interest rule around while the nation and less wealthy individuals suffer alike. The fact that our students are so undervalued and that situations like those of Jose Salas go past the school administration’s eye is proof that our education system needs reform. Without the help of counselors, many kids may find themselves lost, helplessly scrambling at the last minute to get all the credits they need or simply just not knowing what to do.

We need counselors to keep us on track to graduate, write letters of recommendation and basically guide us through high school to get on the right track for our futures. With a limited number of guidance counselors available at schools, this causes us to have less time with our counselors, not allowing for us to develop solid relationships, often leaving us in a state of confusion or helplessness.

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