2013 State of the Union Address Notes

For those of you who don’t have time to watch the entire thing, I just watched it live and jotted down some notes as I watched it.  This may not cover “everything” he talked about, but it’s everything I deemed noteworthy and I thought I would share these with you.

State of the Union Notes – 12 February 2013

  • Economy

    • 77% of Americans believe the political games in D.C. are causing major harm to our country

    • Taxpayers have been subsidizing oil companies since 1913

    • Entitlement” reform won’t be easy

    • Tax incentives to bring jobs back to the United States

    • Deficit reduction alone is not an economic plan

    • Apple will start making Macintosh PCs in America again this year

    • 3-D printers in a series of 15 hubs (requested, not definite) to boost manufacturing in areas of America left behind by globalization

    • We produce more oil in America than we have in 15 years

    • Mortgages rates are at a 50 year low

  • Climate

    • We must do more to combat climate change

    • The hottest 12 years on record have been in the past 15

    • If Congress refuses to enact climate change legislation, he will use Executive action to do so.

    • Cut the amount of energy wasted by homes and businesses in half over the next 20 years.

  • Infrastructure

    • Nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the nation

    • Focus on failing infrastructure

    • Attract private capital to fund infrastructure repair and upgrade

  • Education

    • Work with states to make quality pre-school available to every child in the nation

    • Pre-school reduces teen pregnancy, violent crime, and increases graduation rates

    • Help make high school diploma a valuable tool for acquiring a job immediately out of school.

    • Students in Germany graduate high school with the equivalent of a technical degree from an American community college.

    • Taxpayers are subsidizing colleges to keep tuition rates low

  • Illegal immigration

    • Stronger border security

    • More boots on the southern border

    • Fewer illegal crossings than in the past 40 years

    • Must learn English

    • In 2012, over 780,000 people, including 9,000 members of the armed forces, were naturalized as citizens

  • Womens’ Rights

    • Support equal pay by

    • Women earn an average of 77 cents for every dollar earned by a man

  • Wages

    • Raise the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour

    • Tie the minimum wage to the cost of living

    • 42% of American children who are born to parents on the bottom rungs of the income ladder will stay there

    • Remove

    • Quote, “Being a man isn’t defined by being able to conceive a child, but having the courage to raise one.”

    • Stonger families, stronger communities, stronger America.

  • Military

    • 34,000 troops will leave Afghanistan this year

    • By the end of next year the war in Afghanistan will be over

    • Commitment to unified and sovereign Afghanistan will endure beyond 2014

    • Agreement in the works that will allow us to train and equip Afghan forces, and special forces / Rangers will be deployed to take out the remaining bits of Al Quaeda.

    • Equal benefits for all soldiers and their families, regardless of sexual orientation

    • Invest in mental health care

  • Global politics and security

    • A coalition stands and demands that Iran meet its international obligations

    • Since 2009 we’ve worked with other countries to remove more than 1.3 tons of highly enriched Uranium and Plutonium, and eliminate 146 tons of highly enriched Uranium

    • Executive order signed today to increase intelligence sharing for cyber-defense

    • We will support stable transitions to democracy

    • Keep pressure on Syrian government and support rebel groups

    • We will “maintain the best military the world has ever known”

  • Rights and Liberties

    • On election day in 2012, an average voter in Florida waited in line 22 times longer than a voter in Vermont.

    • Emphasis on improving the system of voting

    • 92% of Americans support background checks for gun buyers

    • 40% of all gun sales are made by private sellers who are not required to do background checks

    • 80% of inmates who used a gun acquired it through sources that didn’t require a background check

    • Goals for gun violence reduction plan

      • Require background checks for all gun sales

      • A new, stronger assault weapons ban

      • Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds

      • Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent gun crimes

      • Additional resources to make schools safer

      • Better mental health coverage, particularly for young people

About gerowen

I’m just a man. I’m probably the strangest combination of a person you’ll ever meet. I’m a country boy, and live in the woods of eastern Kentucky. I’m a combat veteran of the Iraq war and received an honorable discharge from active duty with the US Army. I’m a son, brother, husband, and a father. I take great pride in providing for my family and myself, and being as self sufficient as reasonably possible. I believe if you can do something yourself, if you can earn something by working for it, then you appreciate it more. I’m a staunch defender of the 2nd amendment and believe in individual liberty and responsibility. I love the outdoors; hunting, fishing, and hiking.
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One Response to 2013 State of the Union Address Notes

  1. Let us hope that all those who find themselves in positions of Power who set laws and rule our governments around the world do so with our future planet in mind.. That they set about peaceful solutions, which help us all grow and prosper … Both for Human Kind and our Animal Kingdom..

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