Here are my thoughts on President Obama's speech last night. What are your thoughts on the content of the speech? I find President Obama to be an amazing speaker like most but I'm not sure how he is going to meet the goals he has set for himself/America and I'm even more unsure if they are the right goals. In the speech last night I heard 4 main points. 1. We are going to be more fiscally responsible "from now on". Um, why then didn't he say anything about the mountain of pork in the recovery bill they just passed? 2. We are going to improve education and ensure that every American has access to college. With what money? Also, if every American is College educated does that mean that companies will start requiring advanced degrees for basic jobs? So our children are going to spend even more of their lives getting prepared for the real world to find that they aren't prepared when they get there? Are we going to lower standards so that everyone can achieve their goal of a college education? 3. We are going to socialize health care. Ok. Honestly, I don't know much about this one. It isn't right that average working American's can't afford insurance or are under-insured, but I'm afraid of the cost of insuring everyone (including illegal immigrants and vagrants). I watched Micheal Moore's Sicko and found the part about the UK's healthcare system interesting but in my experience, even with more preventative care I think there may be too much greed and corruption in this country for a government run health care system to work. (Look at the VA system). Also, from his campaign, I remember Mr. Obama saying that his plan would be an alternative system rather than a truely universal plan. So how would this work? If you can afford private insurance, I would assume you would opt for that over the government plan. So the plan is similar to Medicare? Again, how are we going to pay for this at this time? 4. We are going to reduce consumption of foreign oil. I'm with President Obama 100% here. It is just a matter of time before we are back to $4 per gallon. I'm not sure how putting an market-cap on energy consumption for businesses would work but I'm afraid it won't be good for the economy. Also, is it even possible to replace foreign oil imports with wind and solar power? Somehow, as an engineer I doubt it. Without Nuclear, natural gas, and increased domestic drilling (at least in the transition period), I'm not sure if this goal is possible. If you've read this far you probably think I'm an evil Republican and are preparing your rebuttals. I actually think of myself as a Moderate as I agree with President Obama and the Democratic party on many social issues including: abortion (except 3rd trimester), gay marriage, the death penalty, stem cell research, infrastructure spending, etc. Maybe I am unpatriotic for being a skeptic but President Obama's goals are very big and also I have alot of worries about the changes he is planning to make in the areas I outlined above. One more thing... If the plan is to "cut corporate loopholes" and increase taxes on those making over $250,000 to pay for the goals Mr. Obama outlined, how will that work? Will small businesses and corporations just absorb the extra taxes as "the cost of doing business"? Or will they increase the prices of the goods and services they sell? If there is a punishment for those businesses that outsource overseas, will there be a reward for those that keep jobs here?