Now, by itself, this simple recognition won't usher in a new era of cooperation. What comes of this moment is up to us. What comes of this moment will be determined not by whether we can sit together tonight, but whether we can work together tomorrow.
I believe we can. I believe we must. That's what the people who sent us here expect of us. With their votes, they've determined that governing will now be a shared responsibility between parties. New laws will only pass with support from Democrats and Republicans. We will move forward together, or not at all – for the challenges we face are bigger than party, and bigger than politics.
translated: vote for the democrats bills, or the next catchphrase we will start using is gridlock.
At stake right now is not who wins the next election – after all, we just had an election. At stake is whether new jobs and industries take root in this country, or somewhere else. It's whether the hard work and industry of our people is rewarded. It's whether we sustain the leadership that has made America not just a place on a map, but a light to the world.
We are poised for progress. Two years after the worst recession most of us have ever known, the stock market has come roaring back. Corporate profits are up. The economy is growing again.
But we have never measured progress by these yardsticks alone. We measure progress by the success of our people. By the jobs they can find and the quality of life those jobs offer. By the prospects of a small business owner who dreams of turning a good idea into a thriving enterprise. By the opportunities for a better life that we pass on to our children.
I'm not sure "sustain" is the right word to use here. What has Obama done to help small business owners. As he properly referenced, they are the people who create jobs in this nation, and the only thing he has done is raise taxes on them and create more government regulatory red tape to slow their progress.
We did that in December. Thanks to the tax cuts we passed, Americans' paychecks are a little bigger today. Every business can write off the full cost of the new investments they make this year. These steps, taken by Democrats and Republicans, will grow the economy and add to the more than one million private sector jobs created last year.
YOU LIE!!! Yeah, I said it!! Obama did not cut taxes one cent. Obama allowed the Bush era tax cuts to remain in effect. Let me get this straight, Obama blames every bad thing that happens on Bush, and every good thing Bush did he tries to take credit for. Plus, my memory isn't that short term yet that I don't remember how vehemently he, and his democratic cohorts fought to stop these tax cuts from remaining.
What's more, we are the first nation to be founded for the sake of an idea – the idea that each of us deserves the chance to shape our own destiny.
Exactly!! So please stop taking from those that go out and shape it and giving to those that refuse to. "idea", "chance", and "destiny" are not words that fit in a socialist nation.
Now it's our turn. We know what it takes to compete for the jobs and industries of our time. We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.
Stop taking disproportionately from those that do this and giving to those that don't and you will create more people outperforming in these areas. It's really not rocket science.
We need to take responsibility for our deficit, and reform our government.
Hypocrisy, thy name is liberal!! Is that what you've done the last two years on your spending spree???
Our free enterprise system is what drives innovation. But because it's not always profitable for companies to invest in basic research, throughout history our government has provided cutting-edge scientists and inventors with the support that they need.
translation: Tax and Spend!!
Half a century ago, when the Soviets beat us into space with the launch of a satellite called Sputnik¸ we had no idea how we'd beat them to the moon. The science wasn't there yet. NASA didn't even exist. But after investing in better research and education, we didn't just surpass the Soviets; we unleashed a wave of innovation that created new industries and millions of new jobs.
Tax and Spend again...also of note. How dare he use NASA as an example when he has, in two years, cut their budget in a big way and announced that they were going to be a muslim outreach group?
This is our generation's Sputnik moment. Two years ago, I said that we needed to reach a level of research and development we haven't seen since the height of the Space Race. In a few weeks, I will be sending a budget to Congress that helps us meet that goal. We'll invest in biomedical research, information technology, and especially clean energy technology – an investment that will strengthen our security, protect our planet, and create countless new jobs for our people.
Spend, Spend, Spend!! Note he uses the word especially when it comes to "green" research, because these liberals still expect us to believe in global warming!! They have made too much money off the fairy tale and don't want it to die. A large part of our economic meltdown can be traced back to the overburdening "green" regulations that have been enacted over the last decade by congress. They have strangled many industries literally to death with all of the crazy rules they've instituted in the name of saving the earth from all of us. All of this over the global warming hoax!!
With more research and incentives, we can break our dependence on oil with biofuels, and become the first country to have 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015.
I am willing to bet my entire retirement that unless the government buys 90% of them, that this will not happen. Really want to jumpstart the economy??? Stop with this electric car farce and DRILL BABY DRILL!!
We need to get behind this innovation. And to help pay for it, I'm asking Congress to eliminate the billions in taxpayer dollars we currently give to oil companies.
YOU LIE again!!! The government does not pay oil companies. Are you kidding me. The government taxes the hell out of oil companies, refuses to let them drill where they know there is oil, and attempts to villainize them if they dare to turn a 5% profit. What a joke this statement is!!!
Now, clean energy breakthroughs will only translate into clean energy jobs if businesses know there will be a market for what they're selling.
Uh, sorry Mr. President, free enterprise and capitalism will determine if there is a market for the above technology. When the government attempts to strong-arm capitalism and free markets in this manner it destroys the entire economy...see past American History for all the details.
Think about it. Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education that goes beyond a high school degree. And yet, as many as a quarter of our students aren't even finishing high school. The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. America has fallen to 9th in the proportion of young people with a college degree. And so the question is whether all of us – as citizens, and as parents – are willing to do what's necessary to give every child a chance to succeed.
Yes, all those families in Washington DC thank you for cancelling their voucher programs. Well done.
Okay, I must apologize. I cannot read anymore of this transcript. The lies and misinformation are making me angry and I feel the urge to kick puppies...sorry PETA.
I can best sum up my response to the State of the Union with this line from Billy madison: