CHARLESTON, W.Va. — President Barack Obama wants 2014 to be a “year of action.”  Despite economic improvements in the United States over the past four years, Obama said income inequality has deepened and upward mobility has stalled.

To address those issues, Obama detailed proposals in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address, for the months and years ahead, that he said were designed to speed up economic growth and strengthen the middle class.

Second District Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) was not inspired. “I thought it was a little more of the same, kind of, some retreaded thoughts, no specific ideas,” she said on Wednesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

First District Congressman David McKinley (R-WV) said, while Obama may have a point about income inequality, he neglected to address the reasons for the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

“I’m not ready to start jumping at a class warfare bandwagon that this president wants to do,” said McKinley. “This was a very populist speech that was trying to get at the base for the 2014 election.”

McKinley said his questions about the possibilities of a U.S. economic turnaround, improvements for the health care law and ways to cut wasteful spending were not answered in the speech.

During his State of the Union Address, Obama called on Congress to “fix our broken immigration system,” restore emergency unemployment benefits that expired at the end of 2013, expand the earned income tax credit, reform the tax code to close loopholes and encourage business growth, speed up the trade deal approval process and authorize funds for natural gas fueling stations, while reducing tax breaks for fossil fuel industries.

“He didn’t say coal, but fossil fuels, and so we know what he means,” noted Capito.

Through executive orders, meaning without the help of Congress, President Obama said he plans to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour, review job-training programs and support for the unemployed and streamline the permitting process for natural gas plants.

Additionally, the President is pushing the creation of a new starter retirement savings account that will allow people to save money, through their employers, with accounts like Roth IRAs or savings bonds with backing from the U.S. government.

He visited several places on Wednesday to promote some of the proposals he made in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address.

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Comments

  • rick

    It may be more of the same. Where is the GOP plan for anything. Just saying no is not a plan for anything. They seem to be stuck in trying to pass bills to take us back to the 50's instead of focusing on education and creating jobs for the future.

    • Randy

      Try thinking for yourself instead of spouting DNC talking points.

    • FIREGOAT

      The economy in the 50's was great.
      Everyone that wanted a good job got one, because America still had manufacturing and energy refineries.
      You know, before the Liberals got involved?

  • Unioncarpenter

    What I see are more idiots that want right to work. None of your grandparents worked for pennies in unsafe conditions years ago?? And chumley , I bet you don't even know what a union is. As for wvtd, I bet your afraid to speak face to face and let your opinion be known . You must be a republican who supports more for the rich. You people need to wake up. Your stuck in a place that keeps the truth from you. Keep watching the news , they only tell you what they want you to believe.

    • FIREGOAT

      Firstly, I'm not against union, but I am against
      the Liberals that the union supports.
      How can a man that works construction be in favor of a party that puts people out of work through regulation, like coal miners, who also have unions?
      Or construction jobs halted, or scrapped because of a bug that lives in the area.
      Even more so, raises your utility costs through the roof because of carbon imitations which are already the strictest in the world.
      Take the constitutional rights that your grandfather fought to keep.
      The lists go on and on.
      You say the Republicans are for rich people.
      Do you think that Poor People employ anyone?
      Do you think a company that just got taxed so hard that they're pofit is down, is going to hire someone new?
      Do you think any of those Liberals you support are Poor? They didn’t get there by working a union job.
      They got there by taking your money through taxing and regulation.
      They support Unions but kill jobs.
      How is that doing you or me any good, when we have a Union but no union job to go to.
      I wonder how many union jobs Obama has created.
      I work construction, and my company has less work than it ever has, sense I've been here.
      Obama and his Liberal crew has raised taxes on the states, and cut funding, so they have less money.
      Now the states are letting less jobs.
      There aren't any poor guys building bridges right now, so I guess I'll have to wait till some rich guy wants to build one.
      Maybe The Wind Farm or The DEP wants to build one?

  • wvtd

    gee, hot air from 2 establishment r.i.no.s who take their marching orders from rove and the chamber of crony commerce. these two are a big part of the problem. they sit on their hands and let the socialist obama destroy America one law at a time. throw them both out.

  • Chumley

    Yeah, and I can't even walk though Wal-Mart without tripping over the union members shopping there.

  • The bookman

    The rich are getting richer because the stock market continues to be artificially propped up. The poor are getting poorer because there is really no economic growth, and less and less of America are actually participating in the workforce. Who wants to continue on this path of propping up Wall Street? Who supports the continued bond purchases by the Fed that continues to fuel the rich elite of both parties? Who supports policies that create incentives to not seek a job? Who continues to spend money we don't have to fund programs we can't afford keeping the dollar deflated and energy costs high?

    As the Fed prints money, they inject it directly into the market which is then directly transferred to corporate balance sheets. Yes retirement accounts benefit, but the big winners are the big pockets on Wall Street. It is amazing to hear how the uber rich continue to prosper as the rest of the country loses ground. Yet those that complain the loudest continue to support the facilitators of the cash flow to the rich, and criticize those who want to put a stop to the open spigot! Wake up people!

    • FIREGOAT

      Wall Street is also responsible for the erosion of worker treatment like retirement.
      An executive who treats his workers well could be replaced by the stockholders because their profits are down.
      Like it or not, Wall Street thrives from your lose.

  • The bookman

    The rich are getting richer because the stock market continues to be artificially propped up. The poor are getting poorer because there is really no economic growth, and less and less of America are actually participating in the workforce. Who wants to continue on this path of propping up Wall Street? Who supports the continued bond purchases by the Fed that continues to fuel the rich elite of both parties? Who supports policies that create incentives to not seek a job? Who continues to spend money we don't have to fund programs we can't afford keeping the dollar deflated and energy costs high?

    As the Fed prints money, they inject it directly into the market which is then directly transferred to corporate balance sheets. Yes retirement accounts benefit, but the big winners are the big pockets on Wall Street. It is amazing to hear how the uber rich continue to prosper as the rest of the country loses ground. Yet those that complain the loudest continue to support the facilitators of the cash flow to the rich, and criticize those who want to put a stopcock on the open spigot! Wake up people!

  • Unioncarpenter

    Not sure anything will work anymore. Rich keep getting richer. Greed greed greed. American people too lazy and soft to make anything happen. Keep the Mexicans out I for 1 am tired of paying taxes and social security, while illegals take work and don't pay into either. Come on people let's take this country back and quit buying the crappy junk from over sea. America needs to make its own products and grow its own food. Wal mart biggest contributor to killing America. We need to let the big shots and big gov know it's time to change.

    • J THE CARNEY GUY

      No sir, "Wal-Mart isn't the biggest contributor to what's killing America" You, sir, as a union member has been the that biggest contributor. But let me be clear, the "rank and file" isn't nor ever been the direct contributors to the death of America, you have been unwittingly duped into financing the death to America. Your leadership has been selling you a bill of goods and misrepresenting what their true agendas are.

  • me

    Yes the immigration system is broken. Your idea of fix is giving the "illegal" immigrants a free pass. What we need to enforce that laws we have now and protect our borders!

  • Skeptic

    To Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, I could say the same, "“I thought it was a little more of the same, kind of, some retreaded thoughts, no specific ideas,” You mean like trying to repeal the ACA 27 times? How about you and your other flunkies do some actual work for the people.

    • FIREGOAT

      Trying to keep you in a job, and trying to tax you less, so you can spend the money yourself, is doing something.

  • Hop'sHip

    Didn't listen to the speech but it seems he made all the right enemies.

    • J THE CARNEY GUY

      Who gave you permission NOT to listen?

    • Aaron

      Seems to me he regurgitated the same tired, unfulfilled tripe from previous years.

  • Max

    He wants an IRA "backed" (he means controlled) by the government...no thanks to Social Security 2.0, I don't want another thing controlled by government...especially a government BHO is in control of, any retirement plan brainstormed by him and his minions is destined to be a repeat on ObamaCare. Can anyone spell DISASTER????

  • Aaron

    In all honesty, can anyone actually defend the President?

    • J THE CARNEY GUY

      Sure, ask Hop'sHip.

    • Hop'sHip

      Sure. That would be easy. All you have to do is compare him to his predecessor. Or to what was likely if either of his challengers had been elected.

      • J THE CARNEY GUY

        What are you, 12? A defense compared to history, hypotheticals and the imagination.

  • blah

    Blah, blah, blah, blah........