White House Releases State Of The Union Excerpt, Sees Obama Zoning In On Income Inequality And Executive Orders

Mere hours before President Barack Obama addresses Congress and the American public in his fifth State Of The Union address, an excerpt of his planned remarks has been released by the White House. In the address, the President asks for lawmakers' help in finding a solution to income inequality, and highlights executive orders that he can (and very possibly will) issue without the approval of House Republicans.

According to the excerpt, Obama plans to return to some of his key goals set out in the same speech last year — goals that found themselves stalled in 2013. These include: helping the long-term unemployed find work; expanding job-training programs; expanding the minimum wage increase to all workers; passing a sweeping immigration overhaul; and increasing access to childhood education programs.

The passage of many of those goals has been stalled by House Republicans, and to that end, Obama plans to highlight executive orders that he can issue without the approval of the Republican base. He'll also ask lawmakers to work with him to combat the issue of income inequality, which analysts have warned could develop into the defining economic crisis of our time unless the issue is seriously tackled by the federal government.

According to the excerpts, Obama plans to say: "Today, after four years of economic growth, corporate profits and stock prices have rarely been higher, and those at the top have never done better. But average wages have barely budged. Inequality has deepened. Upward mobility has stalled.”

Meanwhile, according to an excerpt pre-released from Rand Paul's response, Paul will criticize the president's job record and call for lower taxes. Paul's speech will be one of several offered by the splintered (albeit denying that at all costs) Republican Party.

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Here's the full excerpt from the President's address.