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Promises, promises: Obama's wish list

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  1. JBond

    JBond Well-Known Member

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    Promises, promises: Obama's wish list

    http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19291.html

    President Barack Obama laid out an agenda Tuesday that would do just about everything but cure cancer.

    Actually, he promised to try that too.

    In the span of his 52-minute speech, Obama pledged to deliver health care to every American, cap carbon pollution, retool the auto industry, overhaul the regulatory system, and claim the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. And that’s only a partial list.

    Obama’s first appearance before a joint session of Congress made clear that the worst economic crisis in 70 years won’t shrink his ambitions.

    The one thing he didn’t explain – how to pay for it, what is surely trillions in new spending in coming years.

    “None of this will come without cost, nor will it be easy,” Obama said in the address. “But this is America. We don’t do what’s easy. We do what is necessary to move this country forward.”

    “Everyone in this chamber – Democrats and Republicans – will have to sacrifice some worthy priorities for which there are no dollars. And that includes me,” Obama said. “But that does not mean we can afford to ignore our long-term challenges.”

    Obama then gave a history lesson about trying times when, he said, the “nation responded with bold action and big ideas.” The Civil War led to a rail system that fostered commerce. The Industrial Revolution spawned the public education system. World War II produced the GI Bill, which created “the largest middle-class in history,” he said.

    What will the worst economic crisis since World War II bring? This is Obama’s wish-list from Tuesday’s speech:

    — National health care coverage within the year.

    — Seek a “cure for cancer in our time.”

    — Reestablish America as producing the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.

    — Lay “thousands of miles of power lines,” and construct wind turbines and solar panels.

    — Expand mass transit.

    — Reform the regulatory system

    — Pass legislation that places a market-based cap on carbon pollution

    — Commit to the goal of a “re-tooled, re-imagined auto industry.”

    — Invest in electronic health records and new technology to reduce medical errors.

    — Create new incentives for teacher performance

    — Expand commitments to charter schools

    — Sign legislation on national service authored by Sens. Edward Kennedy and Orrin Hatch.

    — End direct payments to “large agribusinesses that don’t need them.”

    — Eliminate no bid contracts in Iraq.

    — “Root out waste, fraud and abuse in our Medicare program.”

    — Jettison tax breaks for corporations that ship jobs overseas.

    — No new taxes – “not one single dime” – for families that earn less than $250,000 a year.

    — Begin debate on overhauling Social Security while creating “tax-free universal savings account for all Americans.”

    — Increase the number of soldiers and Marines – and raise their pay and benefits.

    — Encourage parental responsibility.

    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) liked that last promise – in part because it’s free.

    “Concentrate on what Obama said about parental invovment in kids education,” Grassley wrote on Twitter shortly after the speech. “I'm going to help him. (Without) spending one penny that will do good.”
  2. sacase

    sacase Well-Known Member

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    We don't need national health care

    Good luck with a cure for cancer, cancer drugs are profitable.

    College grads are nice, but you need people to do non-degree jobs.

    Are we lacking power lines? I was not aware of this. Ask Sen Kennedy about creating a wind farm...

    Mass transit is not cost benificial everywhere.

    Some reform is needed

    *** is market based cap pollution?

    If it is benificial for hospitals to use them, they will.

    How about firing bad teachers and rewarding good ones...good luck with NEA on firing the bad ones though.

    Not familier with Charter schools so I Can't comment

    In favor or national service if it is a requirement for everyone with no exceptions.

    In favor of ending the payments to people who buy farm land to get them money for not growing stuff.

    no bid contracts are needed from time to time. No reason to hamstring yourself because it looks good. You have a war to fight with people dying.

    Why not make rooting out waste fraud and abuse in the welfare programs as well.

    Give companies a reason to not ship jobs overseas. Increasing taxes means more jobs going overseas not less.

    Does this include keeping the Bush tax breaks in place or rolling them back? If they expire then people will once again get taxed.

    If Americans can't save money then its their own damn fualt. Personal responsibility is key here.

    How are yougoing to raise pay and benifits for the military but cut their budget?

    Good, responsibility is good, but not when you undermine it buy creating a nanny state.

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