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Published: Tuesday, Jan. 28 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

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Christopher B
Ogden, UT

Barack would be perfectly happy if everyone was poor and equal. Its a sign of laziness and refusal to accept responsibility when people blame the rich for their situations.

Christopher B
Ogden, UT

And this was the guy who ran on the promise of reducing partisanship?

wrz
Phoenix, AZ

All in all... fairly good speech.

evansrichdm
west jordan , UT

Felt the time would be better spent watching star gate SG1.

riverofsun
St.George, Utah

President Obama was elected by a majority. He has tried to work with the Congress, but the Congressional Republicans have chosen, since the night he was elected in 2008, to make sure nothing he promoted would ever come to pass.
Tonight the President's speech was a great one, as always.
He did not rant about uncooperative Republicans, but again, tried to give our nation hope for a better future.
And....... much to the disappointment of Republicans, Barack Obama is neither quitting his office, or going away.

VST
Bountiful, UT

So Obama starts off by saying he is issuing and Executive Order to increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers and make it easier for millions of low-income Americans to save for retirement.

Does anyone fully understand that this Executive Order is pure powder-puff political cannon fodder? Does Obama understand (and failed to acknowledge in his speech) that such an Executive Order does not even change the minimum wage for one currently existing federal contract worker? And just how many workers will see that minimum wage increase on future contracts? As John Boehner pointed out, close to zero.

Virtually all federal contract workers are already making more than his proposed $10.10 minimum wage per hour. That is only equivalent to $21,008 per year, which is below poverty-level wages.

Counter Intelligence
Salt Lake City, UT

Flex power and abuse power (while claiming to be a victim) are not synonyms - except in Obamaland

David
Centerville, UT

The widening gap between rich and poor has been exasperated during Obama's terms in office. Who is to blame? Republicans? But Congress hasn't gotten anything done, Obama says. So it can't be Republicans.

Obama's healthcare law has stymied economic growth. It has reduced full time employees to part time employees. It has slowed business investment in manufacturing, expansion, and hiring due to uncertainty. Obama's anemic economy (yep, you can't blame Bush forever) is directly attributable to his policies.

He has no new ideas. He doesn't know how to make the economy strong. He has never ran a business, only a group discussion in the university, and in his community organizer role. He has been president for several years and 62% of Americans say we are headed in the wrong direction.

Reflectere
Utah, UT

Ugh - what a horrible plan. Interest rates on treasury bonds are at a historical all time low in recent years. If you invest in treasury bonds now, expect a very low yield, unless the Federal Reserve changes rates policies in order to support the president's proposal. This much is apparent between this proposal and the continued push for that crashed and burning healthcare system: Obama - you have no clue.

ingleschmingle
Salt Lake City, UT

I thought it was a fantastic speech very well delivered with policy specifics.

Anti Bush-Obama
Chihuahua, 00

Those who bypass congress are called dictators. Hillary wont be elected because Obama is going to be in for life.

Springvillepoet
Springville, UT

@VST:

So many members of the GOP complain President Obama is trying to go around Congress by using Executive Orders, but the most recent President to use fewer Executive Orders was Grover Cleveland.

As for only raising the minimum wage on "future" contracts, President Obama cannot change salaries or budget on current contracts because they have already been implemented. Ensuring future contracts require a better minimum wage is a small step, yes, but it is him doing what he is able to do, and not, as the GOP claims, trying to subvert Congress.

In addition, I heard the President urge that governors go ahead and govern at the local level and raise the minimum wage in their respective states, which is exactly what the GOP claims is best---smaller government.

l.cee
Ridgefield, WA

Let's face it. If you didn't like Obama before the speech, you likely didn't like his speech. And if you did like him already, you probably liked what he said. Therefore, let the bashing and praising begin in this comment section. It will be no different than any other article's comment section on political subjects.

SC2SU
St George, UT

@ Riverofsun - I'm not sure what speech you watched. It just goes to show you that you can see what you want. The speech was dry and full of the same ole rhetoric. After 5 years in office, Obama continues to disappoint.

EPJ
Grantsville, UT

"President Barack Obama vowed Tuesday night in his State of the Union address to sidestep Congress whenever and wherever necessary". Our Founding Fathers established three branches of government to prevent this. Pardon my naiveté, but isn't this vow in direct contradiction to the vow Mr. Obama took to uphold the Constitution?

Cats
Somewhere in Time, UT

His remarks about income inequality are an admission of his own failure as president. After five years in office, he owns it.

BeSmart
Cheyenne, WY

The executive branch has way over stepped its bounds.
Anyone know what the first executive action was?
The Louisiana Purchase which Jefferson thought was essential for the defense of the nation.
Executive orders for wages is a gross over use of power, as are most executive orders in this day and age. Just like the one he signed to make it easier for background checks be performed on US citizens.
By the way for the people who blame republicans which party has said they are not willing to negotiate (hint: its not the republicans).
The two party system is meant to make congress negotiate. Obama has failed as a leader in almost every way.

ute alumni
SLC, UT

talk is cheap as we have seen over the last 5 years. barry continues to be clueless.. and to think we have 3 more years of this guy. awful.

CPA Howard
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA

When did we elect a king? The last time the constitution was still the rules that govern the country. The president is charged with puting into place the laws congress passes, not rewriting or ignoring the law. He wanted the affordable health care act, it was passed by a congress controlled by his party, so he was able to have the law written the way he wanted. Now that reality has set in and he sees his law is a train wreck, he rewrites the law.
Yes the republicans have tried to block his way, but they are in the majority in the house and a majority of americans voted them in, remember congressional districs are determined by population and not geography, unless you live in North Dakota.

Partisan politics has been here from the begining, if you don't believe me check out the presidental election of 1800 between Jefferson and Adams. Our system was designed with checks and balances and this is one of the balances.

1covey
Salt Lake City, UT

Yes, Mr President; why not just do away with Congress; it would free up monies to further fund your programs. Just disband Congress by Executive Order. Maybe the military would support you. Hail Caesar!

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