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Obama's Policies in 2010 State of the Union Address

Policy Statements, Plans Set Forth on January 27, 2010


Obama's Policies in 2010 State of the Union Address
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This article outlines the policy statements and plans, sans the rhetoric and feel-good stories, that President Obama included in his first State of the Union address, which he delivered on January 27, 2010.

Obama's State of the Union policy statements and plans are presented here without evaluation, and in order of mention in his address.

President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address
January 27, 2010

Listing - All Policy Statements, Plans

    The Economy
  • "A fee on the biggest banks" who "can afford a modest fee to pay back the taxpayers who rescued them in their time of need."
  • "Extended or increased unemployment benefits for more than 18 million Americans."
  • "Made health insurance 65 percent cheaper for families who get their coverage through COBRA."
    Tax Cuts - "25 Different Tax Cuts"
  • "We cut taxes for 95 percent of working families."
  • "We cut taxes for small businesses."
  • "We cut taxes for first-time homebuyers."
  • "We cut taxes for parents trying to care for their children."
  • "We cut taxes for 8 million Americans paying for college."
  • "We haven't raised income taxes by a single dime on a single person."
    Jobs from the Stimulus Bill
  • "Two million Americans working right now who would otherwise be unemployed."
  • "200,000 work in construction and clean energy."
  • "300,000 are teachers and other education workers."
  • "Tens of thousands are cops, firefighters, correctional officers, first responders."
  • "We're on track to add another one and a half million jobs to this total by the end of the year."
    Jobs Are "Number-One Focus in 2010"
  • "Take $30 billion of the money Wall Street banks have repaid and use it to help community banks give small businesses the credit they need to stay afloat."
  • "Will go to over one million small businesses who hire new workers or raise wages."
  • "Put Americans to work today building the infrastructure of tomorrow."
  • "Put more Americans to work building clean energy facilities."
  • "Slash the tax breaks for companies that ship our jobs overseas."
  • "Give those tax breaks to companies that create jobs right here in the United States of America."
    Support for Small Businesses
  • "Eliminate all capital gains taxes on small business investment."
  • "Tax incentive for all large businesses and all small businesses to invest in new plants and equipment."
    Fixing Problems Hampering Growth
  • "Serious financial reform" to "guard against the same recklessness that nearly brought down our entire economy."
  • "Encourage American innovation. Last year, we made the largest investment in basic research funding in history."
  • "Building a new generation of safe, clean nuclear power plants in this country."
  • "Making tough decisions about opening new offshore areas for oil and gas development."
  • "Continued investment in advanced biofuels and clean coal technologies."
  • "Passing a comprehensive energy and climate bill with incentives that will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy in America."
    "Export More of our Goods"
  • "We will double our exports over the next five years, an increase that will support two million jobs in America."
  • "We're launching a National Export Initiative that will help farmers and small businesses increase their exports."
  • "Reform export controls consistent with national security."
  • "Seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are."
  • "Continue to shape a Doha trade agreement that opens global markets."
  • "Strengthen our trade relations in Asia and with key partners."
    Education for Americans
  • "Broken through the stalemate between left and right by launching a national competition to improve our schools."
  • "We only invest in reform that raises student achievement; inspires students to excel in math and science; and turns around failing schools."
  • "The best anti-poverty program around is a world-class education."
  • "Renew the Elementary and Secondary Education Act."
  • "End the unwarranted taxpayer subsidies that go to banks for student loans."
  • "Give families a $10,000 tax credit for four years of college."
  • "Increase Pell Grants."
    Other Middle-class Burdens
  • "Step up refinancing so that homeowners can move into more affordable mortgages."
  • "Nearly doubling the child care tax credit."
  • "Making it easier to save for retirement by giving access to every worker a retirement account."
  • "Expanding the tax credit for those who start a nest egg."
    Health Care Reform
  • "Give small businesses and uninsured Americans a chance to choose an affordable health care plan in a competitive market."
  • "Protect every American from the worst practices of the insurance industry."
  • "Preserve the right of Americans who have insurance to keep their doctor and their plan."
  • "Reduce costs and premiums for millions of families and businesses."
  • "Would bring down the deficit by as much as $1 trillion over the next two decades."
  • "Strengthen Medicare for seniors."
    Reducing the Budget Deficit
  • "Starting in 2011, we are prepared to freeze government spending for three years."
  • "Spending related to our national security, Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security will not be affected."
  • "Go through the budget, line by line, page by page, to eliminate programs that we can't afford and don't work."
  • "Already identified $20 billion in savings for next year."
  • "Extend our middle-class tax cuts."
  • "Will not continue tax cuts for oil companies, for investment fund managers, and for those making over $250,000 a year."
  • "A bipartisan fiscal commission... to provide a specific set of solutions by a certain deadline."
  • "Senate blocked a bill that would have created this commission. So I'll issue an executive order that will allow us to go forward..."
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