Education meets the budget in Obama and GOP weekly addresses
February 19th, 2011
11:01 AM ET
11 years ago

Education meets the budget in Obama and GOP weekly addresses

(CNN)–President Obama turned his attention to education during his weekly address as he discussed another aspect of how he believes the nation can "win the future." Obama acknowledged that "Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school."

He delivered the address from outside Portland, Oregon, while visiting Intel, a company that he said models how "instead of just being a nation that buys what's made overseas, we can make things in America and sell them around the globe.

"Winning this competition depends on the ingenuity and creativity of our private sector…But it's also going to depend on what we do as a nation to make America the best place on earth to do business," the president continued.

Facing the reality that "we've fallen behind in math, science, and graduation rates," Obama offered examples of his administration's efforts to address the gaps.

"Over the past two years, my administration has made education a top priority. We've launched a competition called 'Race to the Top'-a reform that is lifting academic standards and getting results…We're also making college more affordable for millions of students, and revitalizing our community colleges, so that folks can get the training they need for the careers they want."

The president asserted his faith in the country's resources, stating that America will win the future because "we have everything we need to compete: bold entrepreneurs, bright new ideas, and world-class colleges and universities…we have young people just brimming with promise and ready to help us succeed. All we have to do is tap that potential."

While Obama addressed education, the GOP talked budget, a main focus on the Hill during the past week. Shortly after the House passed a government spending bill with over $60 billion in cuts early Saturday morning, the budget was the center of discussion in the Republican address, given by House GOP Policy Committee Chair Tom Price.

"Our focus should be creating jobs and getting our economy moving again," he said, after criticizing "some Democrats" who are "threatening to shut down the government instead of listening to the American people and cutting spending."

Price had choice words for the president, whom he slammed for promising that "this would be the year that he got serious about the deficits and the debt…Instead, he started out by asking Congress to raise the debt limit, without any commitment to cutting spending at the same time."

The Georgia congressman trumpeted a need to "end Washington's spending binge to reduce uncertainty, to boost confidence, and to encourage private investment in our economy."

Price also gave a stern caution about entitlement programs, stating "there's no way that we can protect programs like Social Security for the future and get our debt under control, unless we begin to honestly address entitlements."

And he asserted that "Republicans are focused on listening to the people, confronting our nation's challenges, and helping our economy get back to creating jobs."

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soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Inmyopinion

    Perhaps President Obama you should have carried this message in person to the teachers of Wisconsin, Unions and Democrat senators but you didn't, instead you sided with the Unions. Sorry President Obama, but you were contradicted by the teachers of Wisconsin, the Unions and the Democrat senators who were willing to shut down the schools and leave children with learning in order to force the governor to continue to allow them to receive their goodies, benefits for almost free. Wisconsin teachers, Unions, Democrat senators proved that teaching to kids is about money, benefits, goodies they can get for practically nothing from our government and it is not about teaching kids, kids' futures even if you have to make a contribution to the goodies that you receive. Next time, please practice what you preach.

    February 19, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if the 'rent a mob' people that the Koch brothers have bused into Madison, Wisconsin, are intimidating the police, firemen, teachers and nurses. How long will it be before that the paid Koch heads are found out not to be a grass roots movement, but a Bircher gang?

    February 19, 2011 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Who do baggers and right wingnuts believe; police, firemen, teachers, nurses, or do they believe Beck, Limbaugh and Fox?

    February 19, 2011 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Ever notice that when the president talks about education, the right wingnut baggers get scared and talk crazy? They know they will not be able to maintain their ignorant base once they are educated.

    February 19, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  5. Marcus

    Inmyopinion – IMHO you should stop seeing FAUX News, or get a brain.
    Go on strike when a crook tries to steal your rights IS a right in itself, if you don't have such right in your workplace then go for it. Just don't get jealous because some people (still) have a right that you don't.
    As for the issue at hand he's just stating the obvious, less qualyfied people ill have (even more) trouble finding jobs in the near future and Education MUST be a top priority of all levels of government in the US.
    It's not a 'top' priority in China, India, Japan and other countries, but it is a priority nonetheless over there, and look at the effect of it in the China and India populations (even considering the dictatorship ruling over the first)!!!

    February 19, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  6. Bobby Ray

    The protests in Wisconsin are about the loss of union rights and only that. The contributions toward pensions and health care are a smokescreen. Members of my public union were already paying 12% of the premium on health insurance. Some say the time of unions is over, but that should be up to the union members. Walker's actions show the very real need for unions. The Legislative Fiscal Agency (a nonpartisan agency that measures the economic impact of bills in the WI Legislature) said the economic impact of the collective bargaining aspects of the bill is negligible. That leaves only political reasons for the prohibition of collective bargaining rights.

    February 19, 2011 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. once upon a horse

    we are falling way behind in the world in the race to educate our young, yet the GOP doesn't seem to care about that. They want to cut education funding along with PBS and NPR. The more educated you are, the more you learn to think, and the more you think and reason for yourself the less you are influenced by the likes of Sarah Palin, Michelle Backmann, Rush Limbaugh and FoxNews as a whole. But then again I'm sure cutting teachers and education will help create jobs, low paying minimum wage jobs.

    February 19, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  8. Henry

    @Once upon a horse,

    I completely agree with you. Keep the GOP crowd uneducated and you will continue to have your endless stream of bobble heads who are so easily manipulated. I am not angry at the right and the left because they have their agenda. I am angry at the independents who continue to help elect these right wing clowns. I thought the independents were a bit more educated than that but I guess they are not. Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 19, 2011 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  9. vic nashville tn

    I do agree with President. India 40 years back said High school is not enough they invest lot on the education look where they are now still they are investing

    Look at Middle East crises we don’t know what will happen there and what will be the gas price. Soon or later we have to be energy independent so time for us invest on green technology

    States took over by republicans going after teachers and union. It will hurt the system
    Firing and hiring front and back right and left doesn’t work in education. It will affect the students.

    February 19, 2011 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  10. TREY

    Without jpbs that the replublicans ran on and won. Where are the jobs? (hen we will need Obama heathcare

    February 19, 2011 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  11. from MI

    Oh yeah... and GM was partially brought down by the unions unwillingness to make concessions and pay less than, I believe that it was 28 dollars an hour for someone to push a button... There is a point where unions need to be put in their place. As far as the teachers go work with the unions to push out the horrible teachers that do exist. My brother, sister and mother are all teachers and see several that should not be teachers being protected by the unions. We need educational reform and it will cause a great pain with unions in the way. Have performance based teachers, with scores telling all.

    February 19, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Annie, Atlanta

    Inmyopinion, do you like the 40 hour work week? How about those benefits you get on the job? What do you think those cost? How about paid vacations? And a safe work environment? All the result of organized labor. What is wrong with teachers having those rights, too? And Walker refuses to talk, even though these union members are willing to give up some money to work out his deficit (which he caused by giving tax breaks to corporations in WI as soon as he was on the job). He refused. YOu know what that means? He's out to break the unions. And you know what that means? You know all that money that Karl Rove and his ilk get to pay to buy politicians during campaigns. Unions do that on the Democratic side. That gives all the benefits to all the Republican candidates in future elections, and nothing to the Democrats. Clever, if they can get away with it. Turn off Fox for a week and try other avenues to get your news. It's amazing what a big world out there it is.

    February 19, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    You don't have to look far to see we're falling behind in education, look at the Palin family who the GOP support. Sarah Palin attended 5 colleges for 6 years to get a associate degree, Todd Palin is a high school drop out and understandable because he was a member of the Alaskan Independent party who were staging a coup to susede the Union, Bristol dropped out and got a GED while she was preg and goes dancing her way through life and this is the family the GOP support and they never talk about education for our children. Palin herself pokes fun at educated people which is pure ignorance.

    February 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  14. Monster Zero

    " Obama acknowledged that "Over the next ten years, nearly half of all new jobs will require education beyond high school."
    Yes, our work force of the future will have to be able to read which boxes imported from China or Mexico are to be loaded on to which transport truck fueled by solar panels and wind sails to be delivered to Canada.

    February 19, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  15. Annie, Atlanta

    Why is the budget and deficits only a problem when a Democrat is in office? Has anyone else noticed this?

    February 19, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Indy

    It is quite simple, you either want to move forward with Obama or go in reverse with Republicans, the worst thing you can ever do in tough times is go backwards or revert back to what did not work in the first place. Everyone has a say in the choice and if you vote for Republicans you can count on going backwards until there is nothing left or invest in the future with Obama

    February 19, 2011 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |

    President Obama doesn't understand how regular American feel. He wants to raise taxes on some while helping others. He only cares about some people, while for others (he doesn't care even a little bit). I thought he was suppose to be AMERICA'S PRESIDENT NOT THE PRESIDENT OF SOME AMERICANS. The President needs to help all, and not just some. Otherwise, I will continue supporting the Republicans, who at least try to help EVERYBODY!!! (not just those who are poor). FOR THE PEOPLE, LET FREEDOM RING!!! GOP 2012!

    February 19, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Pretzel Logic

    Only a Republican would think of education as an entitlement.

    February 19, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  19. Albo58

    Here we have sunk $billions into education since LBJ and somehow our educational levels have dropped! This is a direct reflection of the real value of the grossly bloated Department of Education! Furthermore, the Union-entrenched teachers through out the country are much more focussed on their government-backed bennies than they are in providing the best education for the students, just take a look at the travesty that's going on in Wisconsin. Lastly, it's pathetic to see a President who was bank-rolled by the taxpayers through out his college education to lecture people on education...he didn't pay a dime for his!

    February 19, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Here in Texas we rank 49th in education based on the SAT results. So what did Republican Governor, Rick Perry, propose for his new budget? Big cuts in education.

    The party of the people, eh?!

    February 19, 2011 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  21. SLW

    They say that jobs in the future will require education beyond high school? Have you read a college kid's paper lately? More emphasis needs to be placed on education and less on the requirement for students of all levels to do their required public service. It's now some requirement at almost every school district to do community service in order to graduate from high school. Can we make it a requirement to do public service to receive a welfare check? Kids don't need higher education to be able to knock on doors telling others how important it is to serve the government or their community. I have a daughter that just switched from one college to attend another because every other day the class work was interrupted by guest speakers coming in to tell them about habitat for humanity or stirring coffee beans for some non profit. This administration is fooling college kids into believing that their degree will mean something. America is dumbing down students of today by making them study activism in place of english, science, math, history, etc.

    February 19, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |