Obama outlines how to 'win the future'
January 29th, 2011
12:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama outlines how to 'win the future'

Washington (CNN)- Echoing his recent State of the Union remarks, President Barack Obama used his weekly address on Saturday to detail a major theme from the speech: how America can "win the future."

Obama delivered the weekly address from a revitalized factory in Manitowic, Wisconsin that builds advanced clean energy systems. He pledged to continue "shining a spotlight" on similar businesses and "innovators across America," because "that's how America will win the future-by out-innovating, out-educating, and out-building our competitors."

The president also emphasized education as a way to "light the spark in the minds of innovators" and affirmed the need to "cut wasteful spending" in order to "eliminate what we don't need to pay for the investments we need to grow."

Obama outlined his plans for a successful future that include promoting innovation and a focus on clean energy, saying "I've set this goal for America: By 2035, 80 percent of electricity should come from clean energy."

"This is going to lead to good, new jobs. And that's how we win the future-by unleashing the talent and ingenuity of American businesses and American workers in every corner of this country."

Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin gave the Republican weekly address from an alternate perspective. With a focus on limited government, Johnson asserted that "big government is blocking job creation."

The freshman senator drew from his background in manufacturing and opened his remarks by sharing his motivation for coming to Washington.

"We are bankrupting America," he said, "And I thought it was time for citizen legislators to come.help those individuals already here that are seriously facing that reality."

Johnson cites "huge deficits, slow economic activity, high unemployment, and woefully inadequate job creation" as symptoms of the larger problem of "the ever expanding size, scope, and cost of government."

Describing the results of the stimulus bill as "pitiful," Johnson recommends that "growing government does not grow out economy.It is the private sector that creates jobs." He also called for the president to "present a serious plan" to control government spending and the deficit, and expressed confidence that Republicans will be "willing to help him get it passed."

"The issues of spending, deficits, and the debt will be central in the upcoming debate over the 2011 spending bill and the need to raise the debt ceiling," he continued. "This will be the moment of truth when talk and rhetoric must be turned into action and tangible results."

Invoking the "belief in the power of the free market system" and "vision of a limited government" held by "our founding fathers," Johnson asserted, "It is our turn to act responsibly."

soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. New Age Independant

    Don't you just love it when a President sets a goal that they don't have to be accountable for? Make the goal 20 or so years in the future and relax. You'll find a way to deflect the blame later.

    January 29, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. Marcus

    Invoking the "belief in the power of the free market system" and "vision of a limited government" held by "our founding fathers," Johnson asserted, "It is our turn to act responsibly."

    Coming from a GOPer is not laughable, it's quite an insult to anybody's inteligence (except those who are still proud of the 'Party of NO!!!')

    January 29, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  3. Marcus

    While it is highly controversial than in a quarter of a century we may be able to ave such a high percentage of energy coming from 'clean' sources, to plan and do what is necessary to achieve this goal WILL bring more jobs.

    Meanwhile more of the same debunkable lies from the GOP...
    And no real deal plan or goal to be achieved (just hints and good wishes)...

    January 29, 2011 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  4. Sheila

    All the "wisdom of man" will come to nought (nothing) according to the Holy Scriptures. Nothing bears good fruit unless it is firmly rooted and well watered in God through Jesus Christ himself.

    January 29, 2011 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    What's blocking job creation in the U.S. is all the American companies who would rather invest overseas where labor is cheap and environmental regulation is non-existent. These same companies are sitting on $3 TRILLION in cash, waiting for some kind of guarantee before they use it to hire people.

    American companies need to start caring more about the country that gave them the opportunity to create their wealth and less about making profit at the expense of our nation's long term well-being.

    January 29, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Success Supreme

    its high time republicans stopped playing politics with America's future!

    January 29, 2011 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  7. conoclast

    If Obama acts like the "cheerleader-in-chief" so be it; we desperately need cheerleading! The debt-and-deficits now officially constitute an emergency situation; we now demand emergency measures to deal with it: specific ones, NOT vague, patently irrelevant complaints about the size of government. As just such an emergency tactic how about having the political courage to (dare I say it?) raise taxes? We need new money to make some kind of token pay-down on the Debt; why not simply ask concerned Americans to pony-up? Or are we seen as incapable of stepping in to solve our own problems?

    January 29, 2011 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. CTinDC

    This fear mongering about deficit will kill America. If we do no invest in reinventing the manufacturing sector via Clean Energy, America will die a slow death.

    January 29, 2011 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  9. LONG

    From the record or "experience" of his past two years, we can know what his future will be, all TALK and no action or achievement. He's the worst president in history. Do not listen to what Obama says, and observe & judge only what he has done to our nation (record deficit or burden for the future generations).

    January 29, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. A

    Obama is on the right track but it is going to take some time to accomplish these goals that he has stated. I just wish that Johnson had Googled "The Great Depression" to get some feel for what could have happened if the government had not stepped in. If the financial system had not been deregulated over the last couple of decades, we wouldn't be having this conversation. In the Great Depression, the government let the banks go down. The banks then called in all their loans including mortgages. Back then, people didn't as much on credit as we do today. Can you imagine what would have happened. Most businesses operate on credit today. With no credit available, your local grocery store would be shutdown. It could have been worse.

    January 29, 2011 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. Obama Gets It

    The Republicans think you can get something for nothing or that everything should be free. Private enterprise should just do it all for charity. Not

    January 29, 2011 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |