By AATTP Contributing Author, E. Henry Schoenberger
There is no rational way to object to – or have to negotiate such simple and sane proposals to enhance the future of America and improve the lives of so many Americans. These direct quotes from the President of the United States of America’s State of the Union Address only make sense: to anyone who is reasonable and concerned for America’s future.
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
“It is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many, and not just the few; that it encourages free enterprise, rewards individual initiative, and opens the doors of opportunity to every child across this great nation.”
We should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected. After all, why would we choose to make deeper cuts to education and Medicare just to protect special interest tax breaks? How is that fair? How does that promote growth?
“A tax code that lowers incentives to move jobs overseas, and lowers tax rates for businesses and manufacturers that create jobs right here in America. That’s what tax reform can deliver.”
Deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan.
“Our first priority is making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing.
Now is the time to reach a level of research and development not seen since the height of the Space Race. And today, no area holds more promise than our investments in American energy.”
We must do more to combat climate change.
“I propose we use some of our oil and gas revenues to fund an Energy Security Trust that will drive new research and technology to shift our cars and trucks off oil for good.”
Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.
“Families with solid credit who want to buy a home are being rejected…families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no… holding our entire economy back… need to fix it…now, there’s a bill in this Congress…give every responsible homeowner in America the chance to save $3,000 a year by refinancing at today’s rates. Democrats and Republicans have supported it before. What are we waiting for…?”
I propose working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America. Every dollar we invest in high-quality early education can save more than $7 later on…
” …the time has come to pass comprehensive immigration reform.”
I ask Congress to declare that women should earn a living equal to their efforts, and finally pass the Paycheck Fairness Act this year.
“No one who works full-time should have to live in poverty … raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.”
…by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over.
“I’m announcing a nonpartisan commission to improve the voting experience in America. We can fix this, and we will. The American people demand it. And so does our democracy.”
Police chiefs are asking our help to get weapons of war and massive ammunition magazines off our streets, because they are tired of being outgunned…the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.
IT’S TIME FOR THE TEAPUBLICAN PARTY TO ACT IN GOOD FAITH TOWARD AMERICANS.