From Wikipedia: The State of the Union Address is an annual message presented by the President of the United States to a joint session of the United States Congress, except in the first year of a new president’s term. The message includes a budget message and economic report of the nation, and also allows the President to outline their legislative agenda (for which they need the cooperation of Congress) and national priorities.
The address fulfills rules in Article II, Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution, requiring the President to periodically “give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient [sic]”. During most of the country’s first century, the President primarily only submitted a written report to Congress. After 1913, Woodrow Wilson, the 28th U.S. President, began the regular practice of delivering the address to Congress in person as a way to rally support for his agenda. With the advent of radio and television, the address is now broadcast live across the country on many networks, and thus is also used by the President as a platform to speak directly to the American people.
Since 1966, the speech has been followed on television by a response or rebuttal by a member of the major political party opposing the President’s party. The response is typically broadcast from a studio with no audience. In 1970, the Democratic Party put together a TV program with their speech to reply to President Nixon, as well as a televised response to Nixon’s written speech in 1973. The same thing was done by Democrats for President Reagan’s speeches in 1982 and 1985. The response is not always produced in a studio; in 1997, the Republicans for the first time delivered the response in front of high school students. In 2004, the Democratic Party‘s response was also delivered in Spanish for the first time, by New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. In 2011, Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann also gave a televised response for the Tea Party Express, a first for a political movement.
In his 2002 State of the Union Address, President George W. Bush identified North Korea, Iran, and Iraq as representing significant threats to the United States. He said, “States like these and their terrorist allies constitute an axis of evil, arming to threaten the peace of the world”. In this speech, he would outline the objectives for the War on Terror.
From the LosAngelesTimes: President Trump, in his first State of the Union address Tuesday night, will address the nation crying about a new axis of evil, that is North Korea, rapper Jay-Z and the NFL. He will call for overhauling immigration and spending more on the military and infrastructure.
The People’s Party agrees that immigration needs to be overhauled. The People’s Party also agrees with the President that we need more spending on infrastructure but we’ve heard this same song and dance before so why should we believe the Republicans or the Democrats again?
However, the People’s Party does not agree with the President that North Korea, Syria, Iran, the NFL or Jay-Z are a threat to our national security.
Trump will also tout his accomplishments that include the $1.5-trillion tax bill and rolling back regulations on businesses, and claim credit for gains in the stock market and drops in unemployment.
The People’s Party would point out that when tax cuts favor the rich as Trump’s tax cuts do, recession is sure to follow. Bubbles on the stock market are no more impressive than Bush’s bubbles in the real estate market. History repeats.
Drops in unemployment should always be applauded. But, if more military spending means neglecting our veterans and wounded as Trump has done or sending 4,000 more troops to Afghanistan as Trump has done than the People’s Party strongly disagrees. America spends more on our military than any other ten nations combined.
The People’s Party platform has not changed. First, end the wars. Second, bring the troops home and secure our borders. Next, make deficit spending illegal. The government should never spend more than what it brings in. Next, end the drug war and fund rehabs. Put a rehab on every corner just like there’s a liquor store and drug dealer on every corner. End corporate welfare and rebuild our roads and highways.
And most importantly why hasn’t anyone said anything about public education? Is it because American public education ranks 29th out of 33 industrialized nations. America has the worst education system and we pay twice as much to teach our children less. Germany, Japan, Canada all pay half what Americans pay and receive a better education. This should be an outrage but instead it is not even on the Presidents radar. And while many other countries provide free college education to their citizens, in America most people can’t afford to further their education enslaving them in endless minimum wage jobs that force almost half of America’s work force on to food stamps. This should be an outrage.
The unemployment rate going down is great but if you have to work two jobs to still be buried in debt than what good is it? If you are not paid enough to pay your bills than all the jobs in the world are worthless. We must create jobs and careers that benefit the economy and the individual. A shrinking middle class is not something to brag about. It’s something to be outraged about.
Trump will hit five main points: He will praise the passage of the tax bill and take credit for creating jobs and boosting the economy; call for Congress to fund a $1-trillion plan to improve roads, bridges and other infrastructure; demand lawmakers revamp the immigration system to emphasize job skills over family connections; and call for additional military spending to promote “peace through strength.”
On infrastructure, the White House has quietly circulated a plan that would use about half of the $1 trillion to fund state and local project grants and encourage private investment. Another large portion would go to rural transportation, water, power and broadband internet investments.
The White House has invited a few people whose lives have been affected by the devastating opioid addiction crisis to sit in the House gallery as special guests. Tackling the crisis — which has seen a surge in overdoses across the country over the past few years — has been a stated goal of Trump’s administration. But steep budget cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and some anti-drug programs have led public health advocates to criticize the effectiveness of Trump’s approach.
The People’s Party would tell Trump to stop worrying about North Korea and every other hot spot and spend less time golfing and more time working on fixing America’s problems. America needs a full time President. The People’s Party puts no trust or hope in promises made by Republicans or Democrats because they have lied repeatedly from Bush Sr.’s “no new taxes, read my lips” to Bush Jr.’s “no child left behind.” Stop making empty promises and do the work of the people not just the rich and famous. Or suffer the consequences at the polls.
We’ve had more mass shootings since Trump has taken office so why treat mental illness with incarceration only? It makes us and our families less safe. The answer is not gun control but mental health care. What kind of a nation throws the weakest among you on the streets to self medicate with street drugs or alcohol and clog the legal system?
We as a nation can and should do better. The People’s Party calls on all Americans to strive to do better to make America great not just for the rich but for all. Justice and liberty for all. Women should not be paid less for the same work or be subjected to the casting couch everyday at work, either.
Trump’s America is only interested in making the rich richer so that they can lord it over the rest of us. Trump’s America is only interested in raping and plundering the poorer nations which can not defend themselves. But I say we have enough.The rich must be stopped from raping and plundering the poor everywhere they go. Fix education and you will fix poverty, it’s not rocket science. But in America we spend twice as much as every other nation to teach our children less. Leaving us less safe and secure and unable to compete in the global economy.
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