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State of the Union: What Do You Care About?

President Obama is expected to touch on taxes, manufacturing, education and more. What do you think is most important?

President Obama promises his State of the Union speech Tuesday night will outline a lasting economic recovery that will "work for everyone, not just a wealthy few." On what issues do you want the president to focus when he addresses the nation?

In a video preview sent to supporters Saturday, Obama said his election-year speech will be an economic blueprint built around manufacturing, energy, education and American values. He is also expected to announce ideas to make college more affordable and address the lingering housing crisis, according to an Associated Press report. Obama will also propose fresh ideas to ensure the wealthy pay more in taxes, reiterating what he considers a matter of basic fairness, the report said.

The morning after the State of the Union, Obama will take his message on a three-day trip around the country, including a stop at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor on Friday, The Detroit News reported.

Watch, participate in the State of the Union

Tuesday’s address will be shown on major TV networks and streamed live online via YouTube and on the White House website.

  • 9 p.m.: Watch an enhanced version of the speech that features graphics, data and statistics that highlight the issues the president is discussing on whitehouse.gov/sotu. Use the hashtag #SOTU to discuss the speech live.
  • 10 p.m.-ish: Senior advisors will answer your questions about the president’s address submitted via twitter (use #WHChat and #SOTU), Facebook and an in-person audience of tweetup participants.
  • 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30: In an event called Your Interview with President Obama and live-streamed on YouTube, the president will be fielding pre-selected questions from average Americans “in the first completely virtual interview from the White House.” Submit questions through Saturday at the White House YouTube channel. “He’ll be answering several of the most popular questions that have been submitted through YouTube, and some of the people who submitted questions will even be invited to join the President in the Hangout and take part in the live conversation,” according to the White House Blog
Jordan Genso February 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Frank- Based on your position of wanting to get rid of public school teachers and governmental staff, I took it to mean that your philosophy is one that favors smaller government. And that philosophy is best justified if government is dysfunctional, if government doesn't work. If government is efficient and beneficial, then a philosophy supporting "smaller government" is undermined. You further indicate that that is your philosophy when you state that an elected official needing a staff "proves to [you] that government has become too large". It may be that your philosophy is not one that favors smaller government, but your statements would lead a reasonable person to make that assumption. I made a point about why Bryce's statement was wrong, giving several examples. You took two of those examples, and disputed them, but didn't dispute the point I was making. Either your comment was meant as a distraction from my original point, or you agreed with the point but wanted to critique the examples. I was giving you the benefit of doubt, and assumed it was the latter. You still haven't said for certain whether or not you agreed with my overall point (that there are sustainable public sector jobs). If you do, it's irrelevant if we agree about which specific positions are or are not sustainable- what matters is that at least some of them are. If you don't, then why did you only pick two of my examples?
ecnalubma February 02, 2012 at 09:46 PM
What makes you think that I’m not already involved in politics?
Herb Helzer February 02, 2012 at 10:56 PM
The existing tax on gas -- more than two-thirds of which is federal -- is already factored in. Everyone already pays it and have for years. Which is what I was saying: If Iranian sabre-rattling can cause speculators to bid the price for oil above $103/barrel, leading to an immediate spike in pump prices by 20- 30 cents/gallon (don't bother asking how today's gas price is affected by crude oil purchases that won't be refined or imported for months), then the change in what the State of Michigan imposes -- a 9-cent raise that fluctuate slightly (up AND down) ith the wholesale price -- becomes less significant in context. What the State of Michigan does with the current tax is basically dump it into the General Fund, the same fund from which money is apprpriated for road work at the state, county and local level. The Mackinac Center leaping to the conclusion that "not a dime goes to roads" ignores one basic fact: Money is fungible. If they said "not a dime was explicitly earmarked solely for road and bridges," THAT would have been correct. That they didn't make the distinction just demonstrates the Mackinac Center's agenda -- make the current tax situation look worse by implying that it's being misused, in hopes of swaying opinion against any fuel tax at all. I'm also disappointed you'd consider them a reliable source for anything other than the hard-right perspective.
mike smith February 03, 2012 at 02:38 AM
If you were in politics you would be in the forefront trying to fix it, not complaining on some small community network, that only a few read
Randy February 03, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Jobs. Good paying jobs. Politicians actively working to reduce American wages need to be identified and broomed out. They can go be politicians in the countries where they're shipping our jobs too.

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