Obama’s SOTU Speech Lays Out Clinton’s 2016 Campaign Agenda
Prepared remarks released by the White House show what everyone believes: the agenda laid out in President Obama’s State of the Union is in lock step with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 agenda of higher taxes, increased mandates and regulations, and a weak U.S. national security policy.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs Obamacare:
And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs raising taxes on businesses:
Let’s close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those that invest in America.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, downplays the Keystone XL pipeline:
So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs mandatory emissions caps:
In Beijing, we made an historic announcement — the United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions. And because the world’s two largest economies came together, other nations are now stepping up, and offering hope that, this year, the world will finally reach an agreement to protect the one planet we’ve got.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs closing GITMO:
Since I’ve been President, we’ve worked responsibly to cut the population of GTMO in half. Now it’s time to finish the job. And I will not relent in my determination to shut it down. It’s not who we are.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs lifting the Cuban embargo:
In Cuba, we are ending a policy that was long past its expiration date. When what you’re doing doesn’t work for fifty years, it’s time to try something new. Our shift in Cuba policy has the potential to end a legacy of mistrust in our hemisphere; removes a phony excuse for restrictions in Cuba; stands up for democratic values; and extends the hand of friendship to the Cuban people. And this year, Congress should begin the work of ending the embargo.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs expanded free trade policies:
That’s why I’m asking both parties to give me trade promotion authority to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but fair.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, opposes new sanctions on Iran:
Our diplomacy is at work with respect to Iran, where, for the first time in a decade, we’ve halted the progress of its nuclear program and reduced its stockpile of nuclear material. Between now and this spring, we have a chance to negotiate a comprehensive agreement that prevents a nuclear-armed Iran; secures America and our allies — including Israel; while avoiding yet another Middle East conflict. There are no guarantees that negotiations will succeed, and I keep all options on the table to prevent a nuclear Iran. But new sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails — alienating America from its allies; and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again. It doesn’t make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, backs net neutrality:
I intend to protect a free and open internet, extend its reach to every classroom, and every community, and help folks build the fastest networks, so that the next generation of digital innovators and entrepreneurs have the platform to keep reshaping our world.
Obama’s agenda, like Clinton’s, touts a pivot to Asia that hasn’t truly materialized:
In the Asia Pacific, we are modernizing alliances while making sure that other nations play by the rules — in how they trade, how they resolve maritime disputes, and how they participate in meeting common international challenges like nonproliferation and disaster relief. And no challenge — no challenge — poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.