President Obama Electrifies And Sticks It To Fear Mongering GOP With State Of The Union Address

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address, laying out a progressive agenda which included tax cuts for the middle class, saying:

“At this moment — with a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, and booming energy production — we have risen from recession freer to write our own future than any other nation on Earth.”

Referencing America’s improving job creation, the best since 1999, the President continued:

“It has been and still is a hard time for many, but tonight we turn the page.”

At this, Speaker Boehner sat stony faced. When Obama announced that the combat mission in Afghanistan has ended, Boehner sat stony faced.

With that, President Obama summed up his recovery. For years Republicans used the term “Obama recovery” as a negative. It’s not so negative when the facts are thrown right in your faces on live national TV with the country watching.

“It’s now up to us to choose who we want to be over the next fifteen years, and for decades to come,” he continued.

“Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort,” President Obama said, referencing his tax proposal to tax the richest at higher levels.

Let’s close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those that invest in America. Let’s use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home. Let’s simplify the system and let a small business owner file based on her actual bank statement, instead of the number of accountants she can afford. And let’s close the loopholes that lead to inequality by allowing the top one percent to avoid paying taxes on their accumulated wealth.”

Calling on Republicans to continue his progressive agenda which has saved this country, the President said it can only be possible if they “continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.”

Regarding the jobs Boehner and McConnell have been asking for, President Obama unleashed facts on them, saying, “We believed we could reverse the tide of outsourcing, and draw new jobs to our shores. And over the past five years, our businesses have created more than 11 million new jobs.”

Throwing shade on Republican talking points:

“At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits. Instead, we’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in fifty years.”

“Wages are finally starting to rise again. We know that more small business owners plan to raise their employees’ pay than at any time since 2007.

Since 2010, America has put more people back to work than Europe, Japan, and all advanced economies combined. Our manufacturers have added almost 800,000 new jobs.”

And with Climate Change, President Obama, almost mockingly said:

“I’m not a scientist either, but I know a lot of great scientists.”

My favorite part of his entire speech, the quintessence of the progressive fight:

“Of course, nothing helps families make ends meet like higher wages. That’s why this Congress still needs to pass a law that makes sure a woman is paid the same as a man for doing the same work. Really. It’s 2015. It’s time. We still need to make sure employees get the overtime they’ve earned. And 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, go try it. If not, vote to give millions of the hardest-working people in America a raise.”

That last sentence got a lot of laughs from the Democrats, who erupted in thunderous applause while the Republicans, who think you can live on $15,000 a year, sat in their seats, arms crossed.

Continuing:

“These ideas won’t make everybody rich, or relieve every hardship. That’s not the job of government. To give working families a fair shot, we’ll still need more employers to see beyond next quarter’s earnings and recognize that investing in their workforce is in their company’s long-term interest. We still need laws that strengthen rather than weaken unions, and give American workers a voice. But things like child care and sick leave and equal pay; things like lower mortgage premiums and a higher minimum wage – these ideas will make a meaningful difference in the lives of millions of families. That is a fact. And that’s what all of us – Republicans and Democrats alike – were sent here to do.”

Then came his proposal for higher education, specifically community college:

“By the end of this decade, two in three job openings will require some higher education. Two in three. And yet, we still live in a country where too many bright, striving Americans are priced out of the education they need. It’s not fair to them, and it’s not smart for our future.”

“That’s why I am sending this Congress a bold new plan to lower the cost of community college – to zero.”

President Obama pivoted his speech to Ferguson and Eric Garner, saying:

“We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York. But surely we can understand a father who fears his son can’t walk home without being harassed. Surely we can understand the wife who won’t rest until the police officer she married walks through the front door at the end of his shift….and use that as a starting point for Democrats and Republicans, community leaders and law enforcement, to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves us all.”

In closing, Obama wrapped up by calling for all Americans to come together and work together to do what’s best for America.

“I have no more campaigns to run. 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.”

“I want future generations to know that we are a people who see our differences as a great gift, that we are a people who value the dignity and worth of every citizen – man and woman, young and old, black and white, Latino and Asian, immigrant and Native American, gay and straight, Americans with mental illness or physical disability.”

This is the man we voted for. This is our President. He has our backs, and we need to stand by his side now more than ever. President Obama is bold, he is serious, and he means business.

Read the full text of the speech here.