State of the Union Focuses on Making U.S. More Globally Competitive
January 26, 2011
(ChattahBox U.S. News)—President Obama’s message during his State of the Union address last night made one thing crystal clear—the United States needs to find better ways to compete in the growing global economy, before international competitors push Americans to the bottom of the list of competitive nations, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Although the president did say that the U.S. will need to make financial cuts to control the rising deficit, he emphasized that the nation must spend on other programs that would strengthen the American edge against rising powers such as China and India. “We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world,” Obama told the nation during his address, WSJ reports.
As part of his goals, the president said the U.S. must prepare 100,000 new math, science, and engineering teachers. In addition, he noted that within the next 25 years, 80 percent of U.S. electricity should come from clean energy sources and 80 percent of Americans should have access to high-speed rail, WSJ notes. In an effort to control the deficit, the president vowed to freeze spending for five years on non-security, discretionary spending, but Republicans described the gesture as “too little, too late.”