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What Do Highland Park Residents Think of Obama's State of the Union Address?

Patch asks Highland Park residents to weigh in on President Obama's State of the Union address.

President Barack Obama gave his fourth State of the Union address on Tuesday, Feb. 12.

"There is much progress to report," he began. "Together we have cleared away the rubble of crisis."

President Obama spoke of bi-partisan tax reform that includes lowering the tax rates on American businesses. He urged Congress to pass a budget that "replaces reckless cuts with smart savings."

He also spoke of job creation, proposing a "fix-it first" program to repair our nation's infrastructure, including 70,000 "structurally deficit bridges."

The President called for the minimum wage to be increased to $9 an hour because "no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty." He also encouraged Congress to pass the Paycheck Fairness Act because women should "earn a living equal to their efforts."

Additionally, Obama said high quality childcare should be available to all children in America and that high schools should be redesigned with a focus on science, technology, engineering and math—skills that today's employers need from workers.

President Obama also addressed the improving housing market, climate change, immigration reform, cyber attacks, gun control, terrorism, bringing troops home, healthcare for wounded warriors, government benefits for gay couples and protection for our children, among other issues.

The White House official Website featured an enhanced broadcast, while the Huffington Post conducted a live blog.

Tell Us: What did you think of the President's address? Were you inspired or unmoved? What issues were most important to you? Were there issues you feel Obama should have addressed but didn't?

The Q February 13, 2013 at 01:23 PM
sounds like much more TAX and SPEND to me!
Michael Ioffe February 13, 2013 at 04:12 PM
In USA and the world we have problems with science of economy and science of climate change. Globalization of today level is making all manipulations with money-stimulus, debt ceiling, austerity useless for rich countries. All of these directions, unfortunately, help create jobs mostly in developing countries, where workforces are ten times cheaper. Still rich countries, like USA must learn how to create jobs despite globalization. Repetiton millions times mistake of Arrhenius that GHGs are responsible for climate change create from that mistake AXIOM, when nobody care even about simple logic. GHGs are distributed around the world by winds during few weeks. All disasters must be also randomly distributed. Why all disasters are repeated in special areas, for example, USA, Australia, Zimbabwe? We had increased acreages of wildfires: 3,000,000 acres in 2001, and 10,000,000 acres in 2012; drought of 2010, 2011, 2012; in last 20 years the biggest disasters from hurricanes were between 2004 and 2012. Why is that? GHGs have nothing to do with climate change. Properties of water are cooling the atmosphere despite water vapor is GHG. Reduction of evaporation from continents are real reasons for climate change. We cut around the globe 4,000,000,000 acres of forests for crops production from 1800 (population-1 billion) and 2012 (populationmore than 7 billions.). At the same time we are blaming GHGs.

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