State of our union? Cutting some spending isn’t going to cut it

Yeah, that’s a big, bold question mark at the end of that headline.

It’s a ceremonious ritual, mandated by the U.S. Constitution that every year the president stands before us, interrupting our favorite prime time television slots to tell us where we stand.

Wednesday’s scheduled address to the American public at 9 p.m., Obama’s first official State of the Union, has received quite a bit of speculation. He seemed to tease us with “wait and see” type responses, like in his interview with Diane Sawyer on Monday.

Obama is expected to talk about a number of things from what has actually changed since he spoke to the nation a year ago about his goals for his presidency to new goals and proposals.

One of the most talked about is a proposal for Congress to “freeze spending on some domestic programs for three years,” according to an Associated Press report. However, “the savings would total only a tiny fraction of the annual deficit,” which is a staggering $1.4 trillion. But does it make sense to cut spending everywhere we essentially need it to spring back the economy?

Many economists believe we need more spending on the domestic front, not less, and that the 2009 stimulus was not big enough to get the economy rolling and put people back to work.

They believe the government should be investing in more infrastructure programs like Franklin D. Roosevelt did after the Great Depression. Is this proposal some sort of ploy to recreate the economic stimulus that World War II had? That’s just kind of sick if it is.

Government spending needs to be the right kind of spending, from economic and socially responsible perspectives.

We need infrastructure programs for our dilapidated roads and bridges, and doing stuff we need to get done. We need to invest in alternative energy projects. It needs to be done for our security as well as our economy.

Besides, any of us can say we are not going to spend any money this year due to that ever-growing credit card and student loan balance, but we all know how well that usually works. Especially when somebody else is swiping our card for us, as Congress metaphorically does.

Another huge issue is jobs, or a lack thereof. That’s something many of us college students can certainly relate to, as graduation looms and we probably can’t even get the job back that we quit in order to come to school to get a presumably better job.

Unemployment on the national level isn’t budging from its 10 percent mark. There are six people looking for work for every job actually available, according to the New York Times. Forget moving out of Michigan for a job; better start looking at China.

Money and jobs are just two things, albeit two big things, that the president should address. We also have the health care bills and other pressing social issues Obama campaigned for.

The Oakland Post wants to hear your thoughts on what you think the state of the union is. What do you want to see happen in 2010, your ideas for “change”?

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