President Barack Obama says his State of the Union address on Tuesday night will focus on reducing the nation's deficit and creating jobs in the United States.Wall Street Journal: Obama to Push New Spending.
Obama gave an advance look at what he will ask congress at the State of the Union in a videotaped message sent to the organizers on Sunday.
He is expected to call for unity and cooperation as fights over the handling of the federal budget and the Democratic-sponsored health care overhaul are expected to brew.
President Barack Obama will call for new government spending on infrastructure, education and research in his State of the Union address Tuesday, sharpening his response to Republicans in Congress who are demanding deep budget cuts, people familiar with the speech said.How can you reduce the deficit and call for new spending? You can't! But it sounds good to RINO's like John McLame, who slop it up like tomato soup.
Mr. Obama will argue that the U.S., even while trying to reduce its budget deficit, must make targeted investments to foster job growth and boost U.S. competitiveness in the world economy. The new spending could include initiatives aimed at building the renewable-energy sector—which received billions of dollars in stimulus funding—and rebuilding roads to improve transportation, people familiar with the matter said. Money to restructure the No Child Left Behind law's testing mandates and institute more competitive grants also could be included.
Speaking on CBS' "Face the Nation," the Arizona senator had some praise for the man who defeated him in the 2008 presidential election.
"The president, I think, has learned a lot in the last two years as any president does. He is a very intelligent man. I think he's doing a lot of right things," he said.
"I think the president has already changed a great deal. … He's going to be talking about cutting spending. That's what the message of the November election was. He'll be saying some things that we don't agree with, but obviously with the new appointments, with an agenda where he wants free trade agreements passed."
Cue up the Doobie Brothers for John McLame:
Never mind that, at last year's SOTU, Obama said jobs would be his number one focus as well.