Obama's appeals for help for middle class

Obama's appeals for help for middle class
Tuesday, January 24, 2012 - 11:40pm

He may not be able to get his proposals through a divided Congress -- but President Barack Obama is hoping that the ideas he outlined in his State of the Union speech have been heard by voters.

As Republicans -- including those seeking to challenge him in November -- call for the government to back off and let the free market rule, Obama pleaded for an active government that ensures economic fairness for everyone.

He offered a plan to help more struggling homeowners refinance, and to help students afford college. And he called for higher taxes on millionaires, saying it's not "class warfare" but simply a matter of fairness.

Obama said instead of a country where "a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by," there can be an economy "where everyone gets a fair
shot," does their "fair share" and "plays by the same set of rules."

Obama said that while the economy is on the way back, there's still more to be done. He suggested that half of the money that is no longer being spent on the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan should be used to help create jobs and increase competitiveness.


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