The state of the union – In case you missed it.

Our show opened up with a few really interesting news stories. There was a short discussion on the recent Supreme Court ruling that basically gives corporate interests a blank check for candidate campaigns (Our president spoke briefly on this during his address). Melette and I basically think it’s a farce for them to claim that corporate “freedom of speech” has been restored. Like they were hobbled because they couldn’t buy out candidates to the full extent that they wished to…Like the Republicans like to say when they feel the current administration has messed up, “elections DO have consequences…” The next Hot Topic was –

The Jihadist Next Door

One moment he is he Southern Baptist raised president of the sophomore class, dating a blonde and aspiring to be a surgeon. In Alabama. Ten years later he is a leader of one of the most dangerous terrorist insurgencies in the world, fighting to overthrow the Somali government.

And finally we discussed the Toyota recall, which now includes 2.3 million vehicles, 8 models produced in the United States, Europe and China. Models whose sale has been suspended include the 2009-2010 RAV4, the 2009-2010 Corolla, the 2007-2010 Camry, the 2009-2010 Matrix hatchback, the 2005-2010 Avalon large sedan, the 2010 Highlander crossover, the 2007-2010 Tundra pickup and the 2008-2010 Sequoia large SUV.

And our main discussion

Jobs, jobs, jobs… (after we both noticed how great it was that our First Lady is such a big cheerleader for the President)

Melette noticed that the speech was not as inspiring as they have been in the past. I thought it was because the impetus was upon President Obama to deliver what has been and will be done for all of the millions of people who are out of work and who have been out of work and who face the fear that their job may not be there soon. Once again he said that tax breaks would be eliminated to companies who ship jobs overseas, but didn’t we hear that a year ago and has that still not happened? Hmmm.

He talked about clean nuclear and coal energy as clean energy sources, which really confused Melette and I because the last time we looked, there was no such thing as clean coal. Maybe they are working on it.

The partisanship and tendency to run terms as campaigns was also addressed. I hope that will continue to be an active concern for lawmakers in Washington and not at speech time. Melette was especially enthusiastic about the prospect of loan forgiveness for students who go into the non-profit sector and the 10 percent of income limit on student loan repayments. I think these are both great ideas, and our president definitely has experience with them as he and the First Lady dealt with the challenges of student loans firsthand.

We both hope our president and our congress will move forward with action plans of the concepts outlined in the speech.


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