In his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama challenged Republicans on tax reform and immigration, among other topics.
On the tax reform front, Obama cited the nearly $1 trillion set aside to provide for tax cuts to the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, citing that billionaire Warren Buffet pays a lower tax rate than his secretary. He challenged his political rivals to close loopholes in the interest of reducing the deficit
"Now, you can call this class warfare all you want," Obama said. "But asking a billionaire to pay at least as much as his secretary in taxes? Most Americans would call that common sense."
Obama also laid out a bold proposal for immigration reform, or at least a bold philosophy, one that would favor immigrants who have shown the ability to be productive members of society.
"We should be working on comprehensive immigration reform right now," Obama said. "But if election-year politics keeps Congress from acting on a comprehensive plan, let's at least agree to stop expelling responsible young people who want to staff our labs, start new businesses, and defend this country. Send me a law that gives them the chance to earn their citizenship. I will sign it right away."
Obama also laid out what he called a "blueprint" for America's economic recovery, part of which would offer incentives for companies doing their manufacturing at home, programs to help Americans acquire the skills needed to help the country keep pace, and renewable energy strategies.
So what do you think about the president's address? Is his policy sound? Are his ideas feasible? What other part of the speech did you find notable? Patch wants to hear from you!