The State of the Union speech marking the beginning of a Presidents second term has historically been a chance for the President to lay out big, hairy, audacious goals for the upcoming administration. Reagan had tax reform, Clinton had education, and GW had Social Security reform. Some were achieved while others failed. So too tonight, Obama will lay out his agenda for the next four years. Given the economic condition of the US right now, it is rightly expected that jobs will be a major theme of the speech, but some others for consideration:
- Jobs, Jobs, Jobs
- Deficit Reduction
- Economic Growth
- Gun Violence
Missing from this list is Climate Change. Will the President even mention those words tonight? With North Korea’s nuclear test last night, I expect the President to devote more time and attention to foreign policy issues rather than outlining climate initiatives. Prove me wrong Mr. President.
Question for my readers: Will Obama mention Climate Change or Renewable Energy in tonight’s State of the Union address?