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State of the Union Tonight

Tonight’s State of the Union Address
Tonight I will be attending Barack Obama's fifth State of the Union address as a guest of Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert. Can we expect Obama to say anything different or offer meaningful solutions for our nation?
Obama kickstarted his promise of using the “pen and phone” to legislate change. In almost a taunting manner, the White House announced this morning, ahead of his speech, that Obama will sign an executive order increasing the minimum wage for new federal contracts. The current wage of $7.25 will increase to $10.10. There are a few points to be made about this move.
- It seems as though Obama has finally found a promise that he is willing to stand by – use unilateral, unconstitutional actions to legislate changes he desires.
- This fits right in with his call to increase the national minimum wage, which will do nothing to mitigate the dreaded income inequality, nor will it create new jobs.
- Juxtapose this effort to increase wages of federal (union) contractors with the recent cut in military pensions.
While Obama tries to prove that he is serious about his threat to act unilaterally, it should be pointed out that a plurality of Americans are pessimistic about the rest of his term. A brand new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll finds, “Nearly six in 10 say they are uncertain, worried or pessimistic about what he will do with the remainder of his presidency.” Yesterday I told you how 63 percent of Americans do not have confidence in Obama to make the right decisions for the country, according to the Washington Post/ABC News. Americans no longer believe he is trustworthy or honest. They don't find him decisive or inspiring. In other words, he's a bad leader… continued…

Conservative Solutions: Education
The United States public education system is in shambles. Of the 65 countries participating in the 2012 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), which administers tests in reading, math and science to 15-year-olds, the U.S. ranks 36th, overall. As the Heritage Foundation points out, our country spends an average of $12,000 per student, per year in public education, and by the time our children reach the age where they participate in PISA testing, more than $120,000 has been spent on each child. And what are our results? Well for 2012, a decline in scores for all three subjects. So what’s the solution? We must save American kids from failing and mediocre schools if we want them to enjoy a prosperous, thriving and innovative future. America is spending on average, $12,000 annually per student. Imagine if, instead of those funds going towards public schools directly, the government gave families those funds to pay for the schools of their choice. This would create competition between schools and weed out the failing institutions and leave our children with an opportunity to receive the proper education they deserve. China, Vietnam, Slovakia, Russia, Portugal are all out performing the USA in education. It's time to turn the American education system on it's head and no longer allow the government to monopolize the school system. Let We the People decide where we send our children to school. For more on Sean’s Conservative Solutions for Education please click here.