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State of the Union Roundtable

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Presdient Obama delivers his third State of the Union address Tuesday night. In expectation of the speech the White House released a video preview and some excerpts of the speech. In them he said:

As long as I’m President, I will work with anyone in this chamber to build on this momentum.  But I intend to fight obstruction with action, and I will oppose any effort to return to the very same policies that brought on this economic crisis in the first place.

No, we will not go back to an economy weakened by outsourcing, bad debt, and phony financial profits.  Tonight, I want to speak about how we move forward, and lay out a blueprint for an economy that’s built to last – an economy built on American manufacturing, American energy, skills for American workers, and a renewal of American values.

The economy has remained one of the most important issues to voters throughout Obama’s term, and it will undoubtedly play a major role in the elections this year. House Speaker John Boehner anticipated the speech by posting his own video (as a mock-trailer) criticizing the President’s economic record. Boehner’s video knocked the President and Congressional Democrats for “More spending, higher taxes, and fewer jobs.”

So with the economy as the priority for many voters and politicians on both sides of the aisle, what will the President actually propose in his State of the Union to improve it? And what effect will the President’s proposals have on Oregonians and the local economy?


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