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"[The] top priority may not be any of those five. It may be continuing to stabilize the financial system. We don't know yet what's going to happen in January," he said. "None of this can be accomplished if we continue to see a potential meltdown in the banking system and financial system. So that's priority No. 1: making sure the plumbing works."
Priority No. 2: Energy Independence:
"We have to seize this moment, because it's not just an energy independence issue; it's also a national security issue, and it's a jobs issue. We can create 5 million new green energy jobs."
Priority No. 3: Health care reform.
Priority No. 4: "Making sure we have tax cuts for the middle class as part of a broader tax reform effort."
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
I expect to see a lot of difference in the economy. I expect to see people being able to buy houses and pay their mortgage. I expect to see a lot of jobs created as part of a movement toward energy independence. Once the first two priorities are working better (the economy is stable and we're working toward alternative energy), I expect the tax cuts plan to kick in. I do think there will be SOME tax cuts right away, but I don't expect his full plan to take effect until the economy is more stable.
Originally posted by sos37
The U.S. economy is based on the global economy nowadays. How well we do depends on how well the rest of the world does.
Obama expects to see green energy jobs created, but he doesn't say anything about the jobs lost in the oil and coal industry that he will not support, nor in the nuclear industry which he will not address.