For his first State of the Union address of his second term in office, President Barack Obama praised the progress made in areas such as the economy and related to the war abroad, but emphasized there is still a long way to go.
"The state of our union is stronger," he said, noting the rebounding stock market, the six million new jobs and the 34,000 American troops expected to return home by the end of next year at which time "our war in Afghanistan will be over."
Although the country is more than halfway towards reducing the national deficit, the question is "how do we finish the job," the President said. His answers included making America a magnet for new jobs and manufacturing by starting projects to fix infrastructure like bridges — programs that would create new jobs, and entice major companies to set up shop in America.
In order to encourage spending, the President also proposed...
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