Last night President Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address promising “a year of action,” and declaring that the United States is better-positioned for the 21st century than any other nation on Earth, because we have:
- the lowest unemployment rate in over five years
- a rebounding housing market
- a manufacturing sector that’s adding jobs for the first time since the 1990s
- more oil produced, more oil produced at home than we buy from the rest of the world, the first time that’s happened in nearly twenty years
- our deficits cut by more than half;
- and for the first time, business leaders around the world have declared that China is no longer the world’s number one place to invest; America is.
Going forward, the President called for:
- Equal pay for women, saying “It is time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a “Mad Men” episode.”
- Lifting the minimum wage to $10.10.
- Reworking the corporate tax code, urging Congress to work with him to close “wasteful, complicated loopholes that punish businesses investing here.”
- Congress to lift restrictions on transferring detainees from Guantanamo Bay so the prison can be closed in 2014.
- Congress to help states make high-quality pre-K available to every 4-year-old.
The official Republican response given by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington complained that Obama’s policies “are making people’s lives harder.”
“We hope the President will join us in a year of real action — by empowering people — not by making their lives harder with unprecedented spending, higher taxes, and fewer jobs,” she said.
Despite last night’s snow and the frigid temps we’re having, AccuWeather predicts a high of 38° for Super Bowl Sunday with a small chance for a rain or snow shower in the morning and mainly cloudy during game time at MetLife Stadium.
As for the halftime show, news is that the collaboration between Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will contain a version of Led Zeppelin‘s ‘Dazed and Confused.’
Talk the State of the Union, make your Super Bowl predictions….It’s your open thread. Let it unravel.