Focus on the Economy: Highlights of Obama's State of the Union Speech

Highlights of the economic and other proposals President Barack Obama called for in his State of the Union address:

JOBS: Partner with businesses and communities to invest in American-made technologies through a network of Manufacturing Innovation Institutes, three of which Obama said he would create by executive order while asking Congress to create 15 more. Eliminate tax breaks that encourage companies to move jobs outside the U.S., and rewrite the tax code.

HOUSING: Spend $15 billion to help communities awash in foreclosed and vacant properties rebuild while creating construction jobs.

MINIMUM WAGE: Increase the federal minimum wage, currently $7.25 an hour, to $9 in stages by the end of 2015, and allow for automatic increases to keep pace with inflation. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supported the idea of indexing the minimum wage to inflation.

GUN CONTROL: Ban assault weapons and ammunition magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds, require background checks for all firearms purchases and increase access to mental health services.

AFGHANISTAN: Withdraw 34,000 U.S. military personnel, just over half the 66,000 troops still there, within a year.

IMMIGRATION: Continue to tighten the border, crack down on employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, establish a pathway to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants in the country, and streamline the immigration system for families, workers and businesses.

WOMEN: Renew the Violence Against Women Act to help protect victims of domestic violence and help law enforcement investigate and prosecute sexual assaults. The Senate voted Tuesday to renew the law; Obama called on the House to quickly send him a bill.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: Work with states to provide access to a high-quality preschool for all 4-year-olds from families with low or moderate incomes.

TRADE: Begin talks on a comprehensive trade agreement with the European Union to promote the exchange of goods across the Atlantic. Complete negotiations on a Trans-Pacific Partnership.

FEDERAL BUDGET: Continue to work toward the goal of $4 trillion in deficit reduction and stabilizing the debt as a percentage of the economy, both over 10 years.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Spend $50 billion on a "Fix It First" program for urgent repairs to roads, bridges and railways, and attract private capital to upgrade ports, pipelines and schools.

ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE: Make permanent and refundable a tax credit for renewable energy to help double the production from wind, solar and geothermal sources by 2020. Help states cut energy waste and increase efficiency through a competitive grant program modeled after a similar program for education. Direct Cabinet secretaries to identify additional executive steps to deal with climate change. Urges Congress to write legislation giving polluters market-based incentives to reduce the gas emissions blamed for global warming.

EDUCATION: Launch a competition to help redesign and modernize high schools, and create a corps of 10,000 of the nation's brightest science and math teachers to improve instruction in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. Introduce a new "College Scorecard" to help parents and students compare schools based on where they can get "the most bang" for their "educational buck."

CYBERSECURITY: Signed executive order Tuesday to increase information-sharing and develop standards to protect national security, jobs and privacy. Calls on Congress to pass legislation to help the government secure its computer networks and deter cyberattacks.

VOTING: Create a commission to help improve the voting experience, a response to widespread complaints about lengthy waits, requirements to show photo ID before voting and shortened periods for early voting.

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obamaisafiasco

chris1011
Tell you what fiasco, I\'ll put $10,000 down says I have. You with me? put your money where your mouth is, come on, come make my day, hahaha.

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LOL get over yourself Chris. Funny how you have to go to all the effort to try and impress someone.

February 13 2013 at 10:56 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
obamaisafiasco

chris1011
Hitting too close to home?

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Don't flatter yourself. Your copy and paste drivel never even comes close to home.

February 13 2013 at 10:54 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
obamaisafiasco

chris1011
I would not be so presumptuous to know exactly what is important to the American people, unlike yourself.

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Sure you would Chris. After all you're the liberal expert on everything.

February 13 2013 at 10:53 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
obamaisafiasco

chris1011
At least I post info and facts, you just pull it out of thin air.
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Your facts are only in your liberal leftwing mind.

February 13 2013 at 10:52 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
setanta_1

so chris_SIE101whatever.........that gunman was on the government payroll ?
really ? WHOSE government ?
would have to be theeeeeeeeee oboMBanation,right ?

chris1011
Mouth breathing government goons, you say? Here's a story about a government goon doing his job in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. And taking 12 bullets in the process:

(CBS News) OAK CREEK, Wisc. - On a bright Sunday morning in August, a man with a gun walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., and started shooting.

February 13 2013 at 7:29 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
obamaisafiasco

chris1011
Mouth breathing government goons, you say? Here's a story about a government goon doing his job in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. And taking 12 bullets in the process:

(CBS News) OAK CREEK, Wisc. - On a bright Sunday morning in August, a man with a gun walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., and started shooting.


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I guess your job is copying and pasting. LOL

February 13 2013 at 5:19 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

At least I post info and facts, you just pull it out of thin air.

February 13 2013 at 5:56 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
obamaisafiasco

chris1011
And YOU think that YOU know what's important to the American people???

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But of course you think you do right Chris? LOL

February 13 2013 at 5:16 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

I would not be so presumptuous to know exactly what is important to the American people, unlike yourself.

February 13 2013 at 5:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
obamaisafiasco

somey5
scorch_monster and obamaisafiasco , just think if Obama is successful at rising minimum wage, you'll be getting a pay rise.

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More money on my check means more taxes taken out to fund your welfare check Someyahoo.

February 13 2013 at 5:12 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
chris1011

Somey 11? So here's a guy stealing someone else's handle. How pathetic of you.

As for me, you need not worry about me. I've lived and prospered under every president since Eisenhower. Can't think of any of them that held me back. Got myself a first rate education in this country that allowed me to pursue my life's work. Met a lot of civil servants (goons in your lingo) along the way that helped me achieve my dreams.

Guys like you are loners, cannot fathom what it is to be part of a community and do your part to contribute to it. Yup, you probably live at the end of a dirt road with a KEEP OUT sign at your drive way. No need for that 'cause who would want to visit you anyhow.

Guys like you think you can do it on your own. You wouldn't last 5 minutes out there without help. You'd be stuck in a snowdrift, frantically dialing 911 (another community service staffed by government "goons"), waiting for the county snow plow to pull you out.

February 13 2013 at 4:58 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply
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obamaisafiasco

Ah Chris never lets me down. He continues to post as he calls them himself his snide, petty unproductive comments.

February 13 2013 at 5:15 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

Hitting too close to home?

February 13 2013 at 5:55 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down
obamaisafiasco

Obama didn't address what is important to the American people. He tried to distract as usual about silly things such as what the liberals now call climate change.

February 13 2013 at 12:04 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

And YOU think that YOU know what's important to the American people???

February 13 2013 at 1:04 PM Report abuse +5 rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

Mouth breathing government goons, you say? Here's a story about a government goon doing his job in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. And taking 12 bullets in the process:

(CBS News) OAK CREEK, Wisc. - On a bright Sunday morning in August, a man with a gun walked into a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisc., and started shooting.

He killed six people and might have killed more, had it not been for two police officers.
In their first television interviews, Police Lt. Brian Murphy and Officer Sam Lenda recalled the horror of that day.

It was 10:26 the morning when Oak Creek police got the first 911 calls.
"There is a guy in the church shooting with a gun," the dispatcher said.
Murphy arrived first at the Sikh temple. He found two bodies in the parking lot

"I need an ambulance. I do not see a shooter anywhere," Murphy can be heard telling dispatchers in recordings from that day. Just seconds after he arrived in the temple parking lot, he got out of the car and chased the gunman, Wade Michael Page.

"I moved forward and realized that, very quickly, that this is probably the guy that we're looking for," Murphy told CBS News, his voice raspy from his injuries.

Page, a white supremacist, was armed with a nine millimeter semi-automatic pistol.

"That's when he raised his gun and we probably shot close to the same time," Murphy recalled. "The first shot took me here. And that's why my voice is the way it is."

Surveillance video shows Page running toward Murphy, who is on the ground wounded and out of frame. Page shot Murphy 12 times.

"He shot me in the back of the skull," Murphy said. "As silly as it sounds, I thought to myself, 'Is that not enough?'"

Murphy said Page showed no emotion. "I had expected there to be, like, most people, some kind of -- whether it's excitement or anger or something. But there was nothing," Murphy said.

February 13 2013 at 3:02 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down
somey11

You can't expect a myopic sycophant like pathetic chrissy to comprehend how government goons stealing trillions of dollars of the fruits of citizens labor reduces citizens ability to finance local police protection.

After all, that would require a comprehension of elementary mathematics, the acquisition of which might impede the perfection of the useful idiots bleating skills.

February 13 2013 at 4:16 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down