In 2008 when the recession hit the U.S we elected a president that promised change. Now entering an election year millions of Americans tuned into what could be Barack Obama’s last State of the Union Address to hear how far we’ve come in four years and how far we have left to go. I with a local business owner, to find out if President Obama’s news meant good things to come for the nation and her store
Becky Anderson was optimistic for the state of our union even before the president took his place at the podium in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol. He talked about the importance of a strong middle class and Anderson knows that’s the key for keeping Anderson’s BookShop up and running.
“Whether they are getting relief for their mortgages because there are a lot of people who could go into default, but if they are given an option to keep their home that makes them stronger members of the community which makes them stronger consumers, so that benefits my business,” said Anderson.
For her there was one topic that stood above the others
“We can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot and everyone does there fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules,” said President Obama during his State of the Union Address.
“There should be tax equity the same percentage that middle class or whoever you are,’ said Anderson. “We should all be paying the same rate and we shouldn’t have those tax loopholes because there are many people that are in the top 1 or 2 percent or in the top 10 percent that are paying less taxes than an average middle class family.”
The president spoke for a little over an hour about topics from renewable energy to keeping Nuclear weapons out of Iran. Anderson, and President Obama agree that one thing the country needs to accomplish any of it is compromise.
“Why not help the people of America by passing legislation that helps in jobs and helps in manufacturers helps college educated kids and all sorts of issues,” said Anderson. “Instead of not standing your ground and not compromising and building consensus that’s ridiculous because your thinking of getting re-elected before you are thinking of the American people.”
Anderson’s optimism for the success of her bookstore only grew stronger after all was said and done.
“I think there are indicators that the economy is improving there’s new job creation, were feeling it in our business last quarter was great and were feeling that momentum is carrying into the beginning of this year, said Anderson.”
An issue President Obama did not talk about that Anderson hoped to hear was gun control, after the resignation of congresswoman Gabrielle Gifford who is recovering from a gun shot to the head.
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