State Of The Union: "Jobs Top Priority"

President Barack Obama has told Congress he wants another jobs bill, a tax credit for small business, and $30 billion dollars funneled to community banks so they can extend credit to small business.

In his State of the Union address, Obama said jobs will be his top priority this year.

President Barack Obama says it's time for Congress to do what cash-strapped families do when times are tough. He's urging a three-year freeze on most domestic spending, beginning next year. Spending on national security, Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security would be exempt.

The president is repeating that he wants America's combat troops out of Iraq by the end of August. He says the U.S. will support Iraq's government and people as they work toward peace and prosperity. As for Afghanistan, Obama says difficult days are ahead, but he's confident of success.

President Obama is imploring lawmakers not to abandon his health care overhaul, and he's also taking part of the blame for its near collapse.

In his State of the Union address, the president urged Democrats and Republicans to let temperatures cool and take another look at the legislation that passed the House and Senate last year. Obama said his administration and Congress have gotten closer than ever to insuring millions more.

The legislation is stalled in Congress after Democrats lost a Massachusetts Senate seat last week and their filibuster-proof majority.

Obama said: "Do not walk away from reform. Not now. Not when we are so close. Let us find a way to come together and finish the job for the American people."

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  • by Radog Location: Newport on Feb 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM
    Mr Obama. give our space programs to the russians and taking away jobs from NASA is this the Priority you are talking about American's want job's hear in our home soil .We Americans are tired of our job's going overseas and not builing up the U.S. space programs are top paying jobs and what about National Security . it does not take a Rocket Scientist that Obama is still doing the same old song and Dance
  • by Radog Location: Newport on Feb 12, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    To Posted by: NS Location: Greenville on Feb 11, 2010 at 11:59 PM . thank you for posting this link ,I hope this may help someone find a job easyer ,and you might of help out family's in need by doing so.That was a nice thing you did . Thank you .That site needs to be more advertising here in N.C.
  • by NS Location: Greenville on Feb 11, 2010 at 08:59 PM
    For Recovery (stimulus ) jobs-go to They are listing job vacancies by the county. It tells you how to apply. They update often as the funds come in. Recovery is the same as the stimulu-so if you aren't interested-fine, but there are jobs coming open.
  • by Radog Location: Newport on Feb 9, 2010 at 03:56 PM
    to southern man about job's to slaves this might be the plan but our children are the one's that are going to suffer the most. MLK a Great man had a Dream. Obama we got a nightmare
  • by Radog Location: Newport on Feb 9, 2010 at 03:53 PM
    Obama has his plate full and still nothing a year gone by and still blaming Bush .People are really starting to miss bush know at least he did not play the blame game .Be strong Obama and be a man of your word or step down and let Hillary do something im sure thats the talk around the water cooler Hillary would of been the stronger man.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Feb 5, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    Keish, again, if you look for it, you will find it. When you stop noticing it, you are then an American. I have to side with Anonymous military dude, I have interviewed people for hire and I based my decision on; personal appearance, speaking ability, technical knowledge and ability to communicate. A little different than his, but if you are going to reflect my ability to hire someone, work for my company, represent my company and work with others in my company, I better do a good job. Also, I never said it didn't exist, however, when I see Dataman or Lavon post on anyone dissagrees with Obama is a hater, a racist, theres my problem. Well, there is a new slavery issue now, if Obama goes through with all this spending and converts this nation to communism, as he obviously is trying hard to do, we will once again be slaves to the government. Just think about the USSR, when people all were paid the same no matter what they did. This time, it will black, white and all others....
  • by southern man Location: greenville on Feb 3, 2010 at 08:41 PM
    From jobs to slaves wow.Read the news slaver is just as strong today as anytime in history.And data man learn you African history.Your people SOLD your people into slaver so take that up with yourself.
  • by Anonymous military dude on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:08 PM
    Keisha, where in NC do you live? I have seen just as many minorities in those type of jobs. Maybe all that is required for some of those positions is a high school diploma (not saying that fewer minorities graduate high school), maybe that certain job does not appeal to everyone. If you owned a copmany and had to hire employees, would you do it based on their education and experience or would you hire them based on their race? Sometimes you have to look at both sides. When someone in the military goes up for a meritouious promotion board, they are judged on personal appearance, knowledge, physical fitness etc. not race. We look for the one that is the most qualified. I suggest if you really feel this way about the place you work, you need to make an anonymous phone call and report it, so an investigation can be done on the company, they may be hiring the minimum amount of minorities just to keep those complaints from happening. Call an equal opportunity office and talk to them.
  • by Keisha on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:23 PM
    Obama Snake oil Co I totally understand what you are saying but the job I am employed at I've never seen blacks come in for an interview dressed that way, for that matter I've seen very few blacks or hispancis have an interview.I just find this very disturbing. But it will be one day that the tail shall be first and the head shall be last I am a firm believer of that.The next time you go into your doctor's office see who take your appointment down, your local banks see who gives you money,the human resource department at your job see who passes out your pay check,the schools see whos at the front desk calling your child to the office for check out ,the colleges working the front desks who, law firms setting up your appointment with your lawyer... tell me what majority color do you see.These are jobs that require no degree , so stop pretending that it does not exist.
  • by Jarhead on Feb 3, 2010 at 06:21 PM
    Well it just happens that I am in one of those jobs where every race and religeon works, it is called the United States military. I have not been the one posting all the anonymous comments but the last few were. I have worked for blacks, hispanics, women you name it. This is probably one of the hardest jobs for someone that is prejeduce to work. I do agree with some of those other comments though, every American is given the same opportunity, if you work hard enough you can achieve whatever you want. I cannot tell you why things are still that way in some places but I do know that the military does not stand for that kind of behavior. I know it does still happen though, we still have a ways to go before everyone feels that way and to be honest, I dont think that will ever happen. There are just those out there who are set in their ways and teach their children the same way. I dont judge a book by its cover, do you?

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