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President Stresses Economy, Education in State of the Union
Written by Rachel McDevitt
Created on January 29, 2014 @ 12:03AM
In his State of the Union Address, President Obama said this is the year to get things done: immigration reform, raising the minimum wage, and improving education opportunities for all Americans. He wants to speed up growth and build a ladder to the middle class.
The president started Tuesday night's speech off with a series of stories of Americans "doing their part" to make our country strong: educators improving graduation rates, business people creating jobs, and workers reducing our dependence on foreign oil. His focus started in the economy, which has been steadily improving under his watch. Natural gas and manufacturing jobs are giving us an edge, but to really grow the economy and cut the deficit, Obama says we need sweeping immigration reform to bring more workers in who want to build a life here.
Obama wants to provide quality training and education to America's workers, starting earlier in pre-school, and continuing that through to affordable student loans for college students. For our workforce he wants a higher minimum wage to combat growing inequality, especially among women, and he's starting a new program for middle class families to save for retirement. Obama declared he is not afraid to act alone, and will sign executive orders when he can.
Obama closed his speech by saying America has never come easy, but with dedication, success is within our reach.
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