President Obama's last State-of-the Union Address
Posted: January 15, 2016
As I watched President Obama's last State-of-the-Union address this week, I had to remind myself that when Obama took office, he had a challenge that no rational person would ever want. With the Great Depression that began in 2008, high gas prices and a $1.3 trillion deficit, any sitting president would have to overcome tremendous obstacles to have any success stories eight years later.
Although I don't agree with many of the things that President Obama has done over his term in office, there are a few things that have personally helped me.
For example, when I broke my ankle in November, 2014, I was lucky enough to have signed up for ObamaCare. When all was said and done, I ended up paying about $2,000 of the $40,000 bill for medical care and rehabilitation. Keep in mind, as a small business owner who only has two employees, I don't have to worry about paying either a penalty or an annual feel for those insured if I were to have as many as 50 employees.
Business regulations have increased under President Obama's watch and taxes have increased for the most wealthy Americans. And just because Warren Buffet asks the wealthy to spend more in taxes doesn't mean it is the right thing to do.
President Obama used his final State-of-the-Union address to focus on some of his key accomplishments while in office. Private sector job creation has increased, the national unemployment rate has been cut in half, the deficit has been cut by 75 percent and 18 million more people have insurance because of ObamaCare.
The President spent about 10 minutes of his speech talking about terrorism - the nation's number one threat. He challenged Congress to take a vote on acting on a military strike against ISIS and he made strong claims about progress being made in Syria against terrorist threats. He asked Congress to approve the Trans Pacific Treaty, which would help companies in the United States that wish to do business with more countries overseas.
I doubt President Obama will get much accomplished during his final year in office. But I give the President accolades for trying to point out some of his past successes. The President has always been a great orator and his "swan song" speech proved that to me once again.