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Sound Off: Grade Obama's State of the Union

President Barack Obama delivered his third State of the Union message before Congress Tuesday evening. What did you think of the speech?

In Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama laid out a vision of America in which everybody – including "the wealthy" – plays by the same rules and gets a fair shot.

"Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?" he asked. "Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else, like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we're serious about paying down our debt, we can't do both."

The bottom line, he said, is America was built on the promise that hard work will allow you to raise a family, own a home, afford college and save money for retirement.

"The defining issue of our time is how to keep that promise alive," said the president. "No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important."

If you missed the speech, you can watch it on Huffington Post and see commentary from both sides of the aisle there as well.

What did you think of the Obama's address? Vote in the poll below and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Chris Barcelo January 28, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Meant to say starving mother*.
Chris Barcelo January 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I don't quite bot expect it though. This is the only people that allow a person to sue McDonald's over hot coffee. Or a driver an auto manufacturer after saying he only crashed after he left the wheel of the RV because the salesman said it practically drives itself. The problem isn't the president its the expectancy and lack of responsibility of its people. That's why well just keep heading in that direction as well.
guy January 28, 2012 at 05:16 PM
When you have elected officials who pass laws that don't apply to themselves, how can you blame society ?tongue in cheek..
Mark January 28, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Walter if Obama was a leader, and if he recognized the fire must be put out, not stoked and came forward with ways to reduce the size and influence of government on our lives then I would say he would have cooperation from McConnell and others. Clinton figured it out and now gets credit. However to your comment: "Romney pays 1/2 the effective tax rate you and I do and wants to make sure the rest of the 1% get off as light.." I'm not sure who i'll support but lets put our thinking caps on and lets take that statement on directly. Sounds provocative. So lets see - about 47% of Americans pay NO income tax. None. That's a rate of...ah..ZERO. Now lets look at Romney tax returns. So on EARNED income he PAID 35% MAX RATE. and the rest of his income comes from dividends and interest - which is after corporate taxes so it double taxed at capital gains rate of 15% - approximately $6.2M. The other main reasons the Romney family appeared to pay a low rate are that (1) they donate $3 million to $4 million a year to charities, and (2) most of their remaining income as stated above was taxed at the 15% rate on capital gains and dividends (which ends this year). It probably sounds fairer to most people to tax capital gains and dividends at the "same" rate as salaries, although doing so involves double taxation of income already subject to the high 35% corporate tax rate. 1) So the looks to me he's successful 2) supports is community 3) pays a great deal of money to the Gov't. Facts!
Mark January 28, 2012 at 08:00 PM
...to finish the thought - the story the media has been pushing is not really true. So lets start by remembering 47% pay zero tax rate. The statements are: Romney's tax rate is lower than "many middle-income Americans" - constantly in mainstream media. However, according to the Tax Policy Center the middle 20% of income earners pay taxes at an average rate of just 2.3%. The next highest 20% pay at an average rate of only 6.1%. Even when you include payroll taxes, the effective rate is less than 13% for families in the middle income 20%. If it helps, the IRS data says families with incomes of between $50,000 and $100,000 paid an average 8.9% in income taxes, while those earning between $100,000 and $200,000 paid an average 12.7%. So, its important not listen to words, but look at things - things you can check and believe - Facts.

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