The president addressed a timely issue by announcing a newly established commission to stop illegal and unfair pirating of internet ware, specifically mentioning that pirating from China.
In what may have been a surprising and controversial announcement, the executive told of a strongly felt proposal to prohibit students from dropping out of school before graduation, or turning 18. The president indicated his administration supports creativity in teaching, and not the policy of “teaching to the test.” He said incapable teachers should be removed.
In dealing with the issue of illegal aliens, or those persons here from birth, from illegal parents, or some other incidence, he made the point that these should be viewed as a valuable resource. How foolish to educate young people, teach them to explore areas of technology, and then export them after graduation.
In what may be seen as a change in attitude, the president will encourage and reward new drilling in oil and natural gas development. He continues to demand that new exploration be done in a way that is safe, clean, and healthful. The president supports all forms of energy, including wind and solar, and opened a new discussion of potential for battery development.
For possibly the first time, President Obama directly took to task those who sell or sold mortgages to those who can’t or couldn’t afford them, and in some cases have been unable to decipher the contracts. The days of “fine print” must be ended. He mentioned mortgages, credit cards, and other contractual matters in that regard.
The President again made mention of the long-enduring debate over the “temporary tax breaks” for the richest Americans. He said the money could be better put to use for medical research, and for education. He said that congressmen should not be allowed to engage in insider trading, and should not be permitted to own stocks in any industry that they impact. The president sees new and growing inequity between the middle class striving toward success, and the very rich. He calls such current trends “unfair.”
In his final words, the chief executive reaffirmed enduring support for the “Arab Spring," with what it entails of human dignity, and for the continuation of change in the Middle East.
If there was an underlying message in the president's address, it was that we should be driven not by politics, or personal ambition, but rather by the mission.