On the same lines, Obama said he wants to become more energy independent as well as for more United States markets to go international with their products; investigate unfair trading in China; and train more Americans in a specific trade. All of these ideas can be said in sum by using just three words: jobs, jobs, jobs. And this is very important to the American people right now. Millions of folks are out there struggling because their either under qualified due to a failure of an educational system or because there just aren’t jobs in their specialty available. The aforementioned actions would open up millions more jobs for Americans and give the economy a major boost.
Then, Obama moved onto the subject of immigration. To no one’s surprise, it’s the same thing he has been saying for years. Guess he’s not rushing to actually jump on that issue.
Here he discussed the almighty dollar. He said he wants to extend tax breaks to small businesses to help them grow more easily, continue providing grants to medical and technological projects, capitalize on this country’s natural gas resources and provide money to improve local infrastructure. It was like the republicans’ worst nightmare except the part about natural gas. I agree with pretty much all of this except I am a little annoyed at the desire to siphon all of America’s natural resources. It’s hurting the earth. Which is sad. Because we all live here and Earth can’t even defend itself, save for hurricanes and tsunamis. We need to work harder on alternative energy. Can you even imagine the strides we could have made here if instead we had spent the gargantuan number of dollars pumped into Operation Iraqi Freedom on energy research? Obama also said later in his speech he wants to provide more jobs for veterans. I think we should educate and train them for use in various energy projects, the ones who aren’t retired, anyway. But, that is a ridiculous idea which I have no defense for.
Other positives on the money front included the fact that Americans can officially refinance at historically low rates, saving up to $3000 per year and a crack down on large-scale fraud and vowed to have the Financial Crimes unit protect investments so the disaster of the economy of 2008 will never happen again. I don’t know a lot about refinancing or the economy, so I don’t have a whole lot to say about all that. But what I do know and what I will say is that’s a bold claim, being that Obama will not be president forever.
The idea of interacting with Iran at all makes me shake in my boots. Remember when they sent that pink plane back? They know where we live. And they do not like us. But, I have little hope Obama or anyone else is going to go over and develop any sort of diplomatic plan. This is America. We don’t say, we do. Ask Japan. They learned that the hard way. But none of us are looking to the total destruction of Earth that may be World War III and I’m afraid what we’re doing messing around with Iran and North Korea is going to be the start of something terrible.
Obama concluded his speech with: "Each time I look at that flag, I'm reminded that our destiny is stitched together like those 50 stars and those 13 stripes. No one built this country on their own. This nation is great because we built it together. This nation is great because we worked as a team." I agree. And I think we can do it again. Yes we can.