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Published: Wednesday, Jan. 25 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

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Esquire
Springville, UT

After months of hearing Republicans bash the President, it was nice to hear another perspective. It is well known that Republicans are more interested in bringing down the President than in addressing the issues faced by the country. I appreciated hearing the President call them out on their selfish political games.

I also laugh when I see comments that the President didn't address this or that issue in enough detail, like the one you made about the deficit. There are enough history, details, specific proposals, and legislative initiatives already out there. What we need is for Congress to do its job and get the job done.

I thought the speech was great and appreciated the vision offered by the President.

Mitch Daniels, isn't he the architect of the Bush economic plan that put is in the Great Recession? Like we are going to listen to him? I don't want to go back to what Daniels put in place.

Lowonoil
Clearfield, UT

The president gave a speech that among other things, served his political goals. Just like every other State of the Union speech ever given by every president of either party. So?

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

The future is green energy. Most countries recognize this and are moving forward developing it. Republicans want to cling to the past. If Republicans have their way, the U.S. will be relying more on China for technology and resources.

Republicans point to Obama's recent decision on Keystone as a job killer. Yet, as Obama pointed out the amount we spend on infrastructure, research and development, and education lags behind other countries as a result of Republican policies and opposition.

Obama reaches out to Republicans to find common ground on reducing unnecessary regulation and streamlining govt. Republicans reject these attempts and continue to push for repealing Obam's signature legislation, healthcare reform and financial regulatory reform.

Republicans are sore losers. During Clinton's tenure they tried everything to bring down his presidency. Millions of dollars and many hours spent on investigations, ending in impeachment. With Obama they denied his citizenship status, his religious beliefs, and continue to thwart the implementation of new legislation.

It is sad the Republican Party has become such a farce. They've been captured by the extremists in their ranks and it is damaging our country, our future, and our standing in the world.

BobP
Port Alice, B.C.

Obama's speach is same fluff on a different day.

Truthseeker
SLO, CA

The future is green energy. Most countries recognize this and are moving forward developing it. Republicans want to cling to the past. If Republicans have their way, the U.S. will be relying more on China for technology and resources.

Republicans point to Obama's recent decision on Keystone as a job killer. Yet, as Obama pointed out the amount we spend on infrastructure, research and development, and education lags behind other countries as a result of Republican policies and opposition.

Obama reaches out to Republicans to find common ground on reducing unnecessary regulation and streamlining govt. Republicans reject these attempts and continue to push for repealing Obam's signature legislation, healthcare reform and financial regulatory reform.

Republicans are bad sports. During Clinton's tenure they tried everything to bring down his presidency. Millions of dollars and many hours spent on investigations, ending in impeachment. With Obama they denied his citizenship status, his religious beliefs, and continue to thwart the implementation of new legislation.

It is sad the Republican Party has become such a farce. They've been captured by the extremists in their ranks and it is damaging our country, our future, and our standing in the world.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

capitalism and freedom vs Marxist/socialism ...welcome to campaign 2012.

Invisible Hand
Provo, UT

@Esquire: Bringing down the president is the single most important step to addressing the problems in this country. So yes, conservatives should be focused on bringing down Obama. The most glaring issue at the moment is the deficit, and Obama is whistling past the graveyard, proposing more social spending while Europe is on the brink of financial meltdown thanks to deficits.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@patriot

the fact that after the many comments on these threads addressing it you still think marxism and socialism are the same thing tells us all we need to know about the validity of your argument. Please at least know what the terms mean before you start trying to pin them on those you disagree with. look them up please. this has been addressed far to many times already on these threads.

Esquire
Springville, UT

@ Invisible Hand, your storytelling has me laughing out loud!

Fitness Freak
Salt Lake City, UT

The best thing by far about the Pres. speech was the REBUTTAL by Mitch Daniels.

Of all the speeches I've heard, his was, by far, the MOST inspirational.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Maudine

I assume you have access to the internet??? Google? Wikipedia?? Go to Google and enter "Marxist socialism" and open the first link .... and hopefully you will actually learn something....

Pagan
Salt Lake City, UT

'I assume you have access to the internet??? Google? Wikipedia?? Go to Google and enter "Marxist socialism"...' - patriot | 12:41 p.m. Jan. 25, 2012

The INTERNET?

Really?

This explains quite a bit:

**'Univ. of Maryland study finds Fox News viewers to be misinformed on key issues' - By Ryan Witt - Examiner - 12/17/10

**Fox News Viewers know LESS THAN people who dont watch any, news: Study Huffington Post 11/21/11

Try...a dictionary.

Conservatives are ONLY conserned with Obama...

not, the well being of this country.

**'Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails - By Faiz Shakir - Think Progress - 01/20/09

'Limbaugh told his listeners (sic) So Im thinking of replying to the guy, Okay, Ill send you a response, but I dont need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.

Action?

**'Republicans bail on budget talks, blame Democrats' - By David Espo - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/23/11

**House GOP REJECTS 2-month payroll tax cut By Andrew Taylor AP Published by DSNews 12/20/11

With ZERO jobs created by the Republican party...

what are they DOING, to help this country?

Not just, try to get RE-ELECTED?

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

@patriot
"capitalism and freedom vs Marxist/socialism"

Canada is Marxist? (Nevermind the fact that in Canada Obama would be considered a moderate.)

Maudine
SLC, UT

@patriot

really so your source is the first entry on google and wikkipedia is your source? I have an advanced degree in sociology. Marx and socialism are almost complete opposites of each other socialism teaches collective ownership with a strong central government, marx taught that individuals should control the means of production and that there should be little or no central government. May I suggest you dig a little deeper then the first hit on google and Wikipedia if you expect anyone to take you seriously at this point in the conversation.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:Pegan

Ever use Wikipedia Pegan?? Obviously not. You should try it sometime - you might actually discover that the man you worship (Obama) is by very definition a MARXIST SOCIALIST. It seems to me you live in a "hear no evil see no evil" world sheltered by MSNBC and the rest of your lefty propoganda machines. Wake up and smell the pine trees - because they are out there in full view for those who choose to look. What are you afraid of anyway Pegan? That Obama just might be a Marxist Socialist? The more you read the better informed you become Pegan and yes - the internet is the 21st century replacement of the musty old dictionary in your grandma's basement. Wikipedia - who doesn't use Wikipedia ??? Just in case you dont dare read the definition from Wikipedia that describes your beloved leader, here it is....

In Marxist theory, socialism, lower-stage communism or the socialist mode of production, refers to a specific historical phase of economic development and its corresponding set of social relations that eventually supersede capitalism in the schema of historical materialism. Socialism is a mode of production where the criteria for economic production is use-value and direct production for use through conscious economic planning, where the law of value no longer directs economic activity, and thus monetary relations in the form of exchange-value, profit, interest and wage labor become irrelevant.[1] Income would be distributed according to individual contribution. The social relations of socialism are characterized by the working-class effectively controlling the means of production and the means of their livelihood either through cooperative enterprises or public ownership and self management, so that the social surplus would accrue to the working class or society as a whole.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

re:atl134

Again - google Marxist Socialism and read the highest and first link from Wikipedia. Socialism is a subset of Marxist theory and both are kiss'en cousins to communism. I'm sure Obama would be quite moderate in other European socialist states but America IS NOT a socialist state - quite the opposite and that single fact is why America is the leader of the free world.

Maudine
SLC, UT

@patriot
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Lets try this one more time since you obviously did not read my last post or failed to understand. Socialism is not a subset of Marxist theory, Socialist attempted to use his theory to justify their actions to which he wrote a very stern letter, look up the letter you may find it very enlightening. Trust me II have a masters degree in sociology, wikkipidia is not a valid source of information please dig a little deeper then the first entry in wikkipieda otherwise this conversation is pointless.

Hemlock
Salt Lake City, UT

Great feel good rhetoric, nothing new, re-selling programs that didn't work the first time, blatant electioneering.

spring street
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

@hemlock

you watched the republican debates then? Trickle down economics, deregulation's all the wonderful things that brought us this wonderful recession under the bush.

marxist
Salt Lake City, UT

Well, the president's speech was detailed to the point of being a muddle. I liked the spirit of what he said, but who of us could make any sense of it afterward (unless you have a special interest ax to grind). Like with heatlh care, instead of endlessly complicated Obamacare, he should have asked for medicare for everyone. THAT the public could understand, and most would have supported it, including me. He should have identified the great drag on the economy - and that is the insurance industry, particularly health insurance. It's sucking the economy dry.

Democrats need to come up with simple explainable solutions. Unless they do there are third parties ready to take their place, like the party to which I belong, the Socialist Party - USA. The New Deal reforms would never have happened without us.

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