President Obama’s State of the Union address outlined an agenda that included minimum wage increase, increase spending on infrastructure, climate change, and passing tougher gun-control laws.
In the President’s second-term address, he again called for reducing the country’s deficit by tax increases and spending cuts. He also talked about reducing troop levels in Afghanistan by half over the next year.
The speech focused more on the economy where Obama aims to help low-income Americans through these times. He proposed to provide “high quality” preschool to low to moderate-income 4-year-olds and to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour, which is at $7.25 today.
“It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation,” Obama said.
Knowing his struggle to pass legislation in the last four years, Obama pledged to use his executive powers when necessary and maximize his leverage by going directly to voters.
Some say that Obama’s delivery of his speech wasn’t as profound as the agendas he laid out. But in the end, Obama’s speech focused more on liberal agendas that will surely elicit conservative opinions.