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Your Turn: What Is the State of the Union?

Upward mobility has stalled in America and a $10.10 minimum wage should become the new national minimum wage, said President Obama in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday.

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images
U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union speech on Capitol Hill on January 28, 2014 in Washington, DC. Photo credit: Larry Downing-Pool/Getty Images

We've heard from President Barack Obama, and now we want to hear from you: What do you think is the state of the union?

The president called for an increase in minimum wage and for business owners to "give America a raise" at his fifth State of the Union address Tuesday.

A new $10.10 minimum wage was implemented for federal contractors before the speech. 

"Because if you cook our troops meals or wash their dishes you should not have to live in poverty," he said. 

The same standard should be adopted nationwide, the president said. 

He also pushed for equal pay for women and a more progressive workplace, saying "She deserves to have a baby without sacrificing her job" and "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode."

Obama called on Congress to pass immigration reform by the end of the year.

"It's time," Obama said.

Surveillance reform was also also championed because the privacy of ordinary people shouldn't be violated, he said.

Obama said he will veto any attempt to implement new sanctions against Iran because doing so would derail negotiations with Iran.

"For the sake of our national security we must give diplomacy the chance to succeed," he said. 

Talking about terrorism, Obama said America will “fight the battles that need to be fought" to combat terrorism, but the nation “must move off a permanent war footing.”

The United States of America should not "allow our sons and daughters to be mired in open-ended conflicts," he said.

The president also touched on the American economy, Obamacare, war in Afghanistan and pointed to drought in the western United States as sign of climate change.

"Climate change is a fact. And when our children's children look us in the eye and ask if we did all we could to leave them a safer, more stable world, with new sources of energy, I want us to be able to say yes, we did," he said.

Add your answer in comments: The State of the Union is ...

JUNE PRICE January 28, 2014 at 11:40 PM
I loved it!!! I think he's a great president but congress and republicans stand in his way for everything he proposes! They still believe he was born in Africa! Talk about racism-this is the worst. Well I am sure us middle class people love that he went over their heads with the minimum wage increase. Even if your a republican you ought to appriciate that!!!!! He's a good man that gets no respect.
BlueAngel2 January 29, 2014 at 01:27 AM
I totally agree with everything you stated June. I appreciate what our President is doing in spite of the inept people who stand in his way....we will remember who they are when election time comes.
Mike Bojorquez January 29, 2014 at 01:30 AM
Products of the Public school system and trained as sheep !
JUNE PRICE January 29, 2014 at 12:56 PM
You are very wrong Mike! I did 12 yrs. in Sacred Heart in CT., then to to Conn. State. The difference here Mike is I think of the poor and middle class,My parents were Italian right from the boat into NY. I truly understand the poor. I worked two jobs to pay for college! Pres. Obama is helping our kids not to have to go through what I did!So you Dear mike ,you are for the rich and probably a Republican.I wont stoop to your level and downgrade people you don't even know,I am better than that.
JUNE PRICE January 29, 2014 at 01:03 PM
Thank-you Blue Angel2 for your opinion and I doubt very much that you are in the mind of DUMB SHEEP!!! Keep up the great minds we do have and think of all the people in this country that need help!!CIAO Blue Angel2
yourusmcboyelvises January 30, 2014 at 09:29 AM
bunch of poopoo dribble out some commies mouth.

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