Obama: ‘We Need Smarter Government’

    WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24:  U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill January 24, 2012 in Washington, DC. The president made a populist pitch to voters for economic fairness, saying the federal government should more do to balance the benefits of a capitalist society.  (Photo by Saul Loeb-Pool/Getty Images)

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    President Obama addressed the nation Tuesday night, calling for unity within the government and the need for economic reforms to get the financial system back on track. “It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,” he said. He went on to describe what that smarter government would include: a federal minimum wage of $9 an hour, universal preschool education, cap-and-trade carbon regulation, immigration reform, and stricter gun control, among other things.

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