President Obama in his speech on national debt lays out his vision for America. Discuss what kind of future we want.President Obama in his speech on national debt lays out his vision for America....

President Obama in his speech on national debt lays out his vision for America. Discuss what kind of future we want.

President Obama in his speech on national debt lays out his vision for America. Discuss what kind of future we want.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would like more jobs and unfrozen credit markets, so the housing prices will go up a little to reasonable rates. They probably will not reach what they were at their height, but it would be better for us if we could somehow limit foreclosures. Hopefully then people will be able to get full time jobs and underemployment will reduced.
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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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I, personally, want a future where low status/high priority jobs such as school teachers are earning wages that will enable them to stay current in their fields while building a secure financial future for their families while enabling them to pursue a college education. As a teacher and the wife of a teacher, I am working 20 to 30 hours a week in addition to teaching. This helps provide for my family's needs as well as the ever increasing college expenses faced by myself (completing a masters) and my two oldest daughters who are in college. I could make more money elsewhere, but I love teaching--it is what I'm meant to do. Is it too much to ask that this important career provides me with a better and more stable income?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a very broad question since there are many aspects that would be part of someone's "vision" for the US.

In this speech, Pres. Obama generally laid out a vision of an America with a broad welfare/social security system.  He believes that the rich must bear more of a burden in paying for this system.  He believes that the government should help make the economy grow through government investments.  In short, his vision for the society is relatively liberal and is based on taxing the rich to help the middle and lower classes.

I would argue that taxing the rich is not enough and that we need to reduce the size of the welfare state, particularly for those who do not really need it.  There are so many kinds of government subsidies and programs for middle class people who do not really need them.  This is not a popular thing to say since most voters are middle class.  However, our financial situation is such that we of the middle class are surely going to have to accept a situation in which we receive much less in the way of benefits from the government.

This will probably be moved to the discussion section where you can clarify your question if you want discussion of some other aspects of our visions for the US.

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