I'm frustrated to see the continuation of divisive, polarizing rhetoric here in the comments and from other right wing conservatives.
True conservatives should have been drawn to the President's calls for specific, targeted cuts in programs to balance the budget Instead, we see sadly typical responses to buzzwords with talking points.
The market cannot and should not attempt to solve everything. Governance is complicated, with all the things to consider including the economy, environment, public well-being, international relations & trade. Obama laid out a general, but practical framework for moving our nation forward, including the great idea to restructure government. Conservatives should embrace that and ditch their tired old false assumptions that government is all bad and unchanging.
Obama perhaps could have called out and laid deserved blame more at the feet of Wall Street and its advocates, calling for more regulation on them and reform of how they relate to the rest of the country in which they operate (and whose people and resources form the basis for their enormous profits), but that wouldn't have been as productive, forward-focused or appropriate for a SOTU address.
Let's focus today and tomorrow to work harder to have more listening and courteous debate in our national conversations. That--and not the exclusive idolization of the market and corporate capitalism--that democratic conversation is what best defines the USA.
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