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Opinion: What did we learn from the State of the Union Address?

By Anna Zetterberg
Assistant Managing Editor

What were you more interested in: the release of Apple’s latest technology, the iPad, or President Barack Obama’s first State of the Union Address? While both are sure to have a lasting impact on society, our grandchildren won’t inherit debt from the iPad.

Obama delivered his first State of the Union Address on Wed., Jan. 27. The president’s rhetoric was full of emotional appeal and American ideals. But beneath all of the flowery language were some bold statements and proposals.

Banks have been paying back their debt from the Troubled Asset Relief Program much quicker than anticipated. President Obama proposes $30 billion of the recovered money go toward small banks so that small businesses will have an easier time obtaining loans.

A $30 billion giveaway seems to follow a trend; remember the $800 billion stimulus package and bank bailouts last year? How quick we are to forget the looming $12 trillion dollar deficit. We should be paying countries like China back, to whom we owe over $800 billion.

Obama criticized the Bush administration for the debt caused by the two wars and yet Obama deployed 30,000 more troops to Afghanistan in the recent months. He claims to be all about positive foreign relationships, but borrowing without returning sure doesn’t make friends.

He might as well spend as much as he can before he has to adhere to his unsustainable, proposed government spending freeze effective in 2011. National security, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid will not be affected.

He’s hot then he’s cold. First he spent over $1 trillion in stimulus and recession relief attempts and now he is proposing a 3 year spending dry-spell. And yes, he is still proposing the health care bill which is estimated to cost $1 trillion.

Following President Obama’s flip-flop contradictions is starting to make me dizzy.

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Beacon News: Obama’s Nobel Prize shows ‘the American dream’

By Tyann Mullen
Contributing Writer

President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize by the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Oct. 9.

Obama received the award for his “extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” the committee announced.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee awards the prize every year to an individual from an international pool of nominees. The nominations had to be validated by Feb. 1, only 12 days after Obama was sworn into office.

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Beacon News: First lady honors service volunteers

By Kristina Webb
Managing Editor

“Service is an integral part of higher education in America.”

First lady Michelle Obama spoke these words as she addressed a crowd of more than 500 guests and reporters on Thursday for the Florida Campus Compact fundraiser and awards luncheon hosted by Miami-Dade College.

Obama used her time to promote the benefits of engaging students in community service and integrating community programs into schools’ curriculum.

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A commentary on the first 100 days of Obama’s presidency

Beacon contributor Marissa Barkey, reflects on the Obama administration and the president’s first 100 days in office.

After studying abroad in a European culture that embraced our new leadership, I came back to PBA, and it was the first time I saw the highest amount of disappointment of our new President. I was taken back when I heard one student say he believed Obama was a terrorist. President Barack Obama’s first 100 days are concluding. As I might mutter admiration for Obama’s term, clearly, I cannot forget to acknowledge that America is in big trouble.

One of the major questions we face is whether the crises we are all confronting require or demand a seismic shift in order to keep the American ship afloat. I have felt a deep ambivalence about this since I first started to take in what Obama meant. However, as the depth of corruption of the last decade is slowly revealing itself in many places, I still find myself persuaded by Obama that this is the time for real government action.
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