So what’s the State of our Union?


President Barack Obama has now entered the second half of his presidential term.


Let’s raise this question: Are we, as Americans, better off than we were two years ago?


Right now, probably not.


So what’s the State of our Union?

President Barack Obama has now entered the second half of his presidential term.

Let’s raise this question: Are we, as Americans, better off than we were two years ago?

Right now, probably not.

After all the crying over the presidency of George Bush, the country rallied around Obama, placing him on a pedestal as our nation’s savior — as the person who would institute change and get our country back on track.

Yet, two years into his presidency, the same issues are still resonating with most Americans:
People are still out of work. Unemployment is still high. The economy is still suffering. Gas prices are through the roof. And our paychecks are still a little less heavy than they used to be.

But is the future brighter?

It seems like the economy is turning around. It appears that unemployment may be shrinking.
Obama focused his speech on bipartisanship.

But locally, our legislators stuck to their guns — and their parties.

Democratic Sen. Bob Casey said investments in our children, workers and infrastructure are vital for the country’s future.

Republican Sen. Pat Toomey and Congressman Tom Marino both stated that the way to fix the economy is to cut government spending, keep taxes low and deregulate to spur growth.

While Obama talked about passing on a better life to our children, Marino said that won’t happen if “we leave future generations with trillions of dollars of debt.”

We’re a nation at an impasse.

We’re trying to shake a recession and trying to return our country to its former class and grace as a world superpower.

But it will take a team effort.

No president can do an effective job without the help of a Congress that works in unison.

No one should be placed on such a pedestal that the level of success is too high.

Obama might not have a fighting chance. His presidency might be looked at one day as a failure.

But will he be to blame?

Our country has been fortunate over the past few decades to have leaders like Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan who restored our faith in government and who found ways to keep our nation motivated and strong.

You didn’t mess with America back then.

Now we’re licking our wounds. Our nation is perceived by foreign countries as weak.
We’ll see what happens in the next two years.
We’re hopeful though.