Yahoo News asked Americans to respond to Barack Obama's speech on the economy on Wednesday and share whether their own financial lives match the president's words. Here's one perspective.
COMMENTARY | Barack Obama spoke Wednesday at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., about lifting the economy. It was a return to the site of his first major economic speech as a senator 2005. Obama focused on helping middle-class Americans stuck with unchanging incomes and few hopes for increased economic power.
Obama spoke on reviving his economic program that has slowed due to dissent across party lines. Primary goals of the next few years are to develop new energy, revamp manufacturing, and raising minimum wage. Despite the setbacks "over the last six months, this gridlock has gotten worse… I am laying out my ideas to give the middle class a better shot," he said.
I have a different perspective on this economy, working two jobs here in San Anselmo, Calif., one as a real estate broker and another at a local community college. While real estate is lucrative, education is lesser so. It is clear that the educators of America are not appropriately compensated and stretching resources further than they need to be. Many students I work with have little hope of getting a high-paying job without a great deal of dumb luck. They fear their education is a waste of time and that they are doomed to the customer service industry. While I attempt to assuage their fears and espouse the value of a college education, the current climate does not support my words.
Obama's drive to improve the economy is noble, but words are only words. He said all the right things in his speech, but his ability to follow through will remain in question until real changes are visible. The economy has certainly picked up during Obama's tenure, but while the wealth of wealthy grows greater, the middle class continues to be stuck in the middle. Major reform in job creation and job training is essential to keep the American dream alive.
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