US President Barack Obama was in a defiant tone when he started his big speech before the new Republican-led Congress on Tuesday, threatening to use his veto power against the legislations that would challenge his prominent decisions.
The American President appeared in a confident mood before the joint session of Congress for his State of the Union speech, thanks to the economic revival that has lowered the unemployment rate to 5.6 percent.
According to the political analysts, Obama’s positive attitude before the Congress was the major highlight of the big event as the Democratic President had started his tenure six year ago with an ailing economy in hand and now the country is on the path of economic revival.
In his address to the Congress and the millions of Americans who were watching the President on their television sets with full of hope in their eye, Obama said that the time has arrived when we have to “turn the page” from the financial recession and war and come together to work on boosting those middle-class people in the country who have been left far behind.
Obama’s main plan to boost the living standards of the middle class is to increase taxes on the rich Americans by USD 320 billion in the next 10 years in order to pay for expanded tax credits. Besides, Obama also plans to offer educational benefits for the middle class, such as two years of free community college.
But the proposal for higher taxes for the wealthiest Americans is unlikely to be approved by the Republicans.
While talking about his signature healthcare law ‘Obamacare’ and his unilateral loosening of country’s immigration reform policy, Obama didn’t hesitate to threaten the opponents of using veto against any Republican effort to roll back his key decision.
Amid the riveting global crises, Obama chose to talk mostly about the domestic issues in his speech rather than taking up the problems on the front on foreign relations.
As the United States is shifting in a poll mode for the presidential elections in 2016, Tuesday’s address was a brilliant opportunity for Obama and his party to make the countrymen hear to what they have in their cart in the remaining time of their government and what they will have to offer in case they are chosen for power again.
Obama’s moves could give an unprecedented assistance to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has emerged as the overwhelming favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in case she decides to contest for the top-most post.