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2013 State of the Union

February 12, 2013
By Ben Zimmer (New York, NY)Visual Thesaurus ContributorVisual Thesaurus Moderator
Words from Pres. Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. Prepared text is here.
full faith and credit
Let’s agree, right here, right now, to keep the people’s government open, pay our bills on time, and always uphold the full faith and credit of the United States of America.
spending cut
Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.
medical bill
We’ll bring down costs by changing the way our government pays for Medicare, because our medical bills shouldn’t be based on the number of tests ordered or days spent in the hospital – they should be based on the quality of care that our seniors receive.
preschool
But today, fewer than 3 in 10 four year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program.
power grid
Ask any CEO where they’d rather locate and hire: a country with deteriorating roads and bridges, or one with high-speed rail and internet; high-tech schools and self-healing power grids.
business leader
That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.
food bank
It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead.
majorette
She was a majorette.
bipartisan
On Medicare, I’m prepared to enact reforms that will achieve the same amount of health care savings by the beginning of the next decade as the reforms proposed by the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles commission.
resale
Senators of both parties are working together on tough new laws to prevent anyone from buying guns for resale to criminals.
prescription drug
We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors.
associate degree
At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.
retirement program
And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.
budget cut
In 2011, Congress passed a law saying that if both parties couldn’t agree on a plan to reach our deficit goal, about a trillion dollars’ worth of budget cuts would automatically go into effect this year.
scrape by
It could mean the difference between groceries or the food bank; rent or eviction; scraping by or finally getting ahead.
senior citizen
But we can’t ask senior citizens and working families to shoulder the entire burden of deficit reduction while asking nothing more from the wealthiest and most powerful.
minimum wage
But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year.
Blacksburg
The families of Oak Creek, and Tucson, and Blacksburg, and the countless other communities ripped open by gun violence – they deserve a simple vote.
polling place
When she arrived at her polling place, she was told the wait to vote might be six hours.
reignite
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
elected official
The American people have worked too hard, for too long, rebuilding from one crisis to see their elected officials cause another.
get ahead
It is our unfinished task to restore the basic bargain that built this country – the idea that if you work hard and meet your responsibilities, you can get ahead, no matter where you come from, what you look like, or who you love.
sequester
That’s why Democrats, Republicans, business leaders, and economists have already said that these cuts, known here in Washington as “the sequester,” are a really bad idea.
decimate
Factory towns decimated from years of plants packing up.
scare off
And let’s do it without the brinksmanship that stresses consumers and scares off investors.
homeowner
Our housing market is healing, our stock market is rebounding, and consumers, patients, and homeowners enjoy stronger protections than ever before.
drug company
We’ll reduce taxpayer subsidies to prescription drug companies and ask more from the wealthiest seniors.
refinance
Too many families who have never missed a payment and want to refinance are being told no.
job
After years of grueling recession, our businesses have created over six million new jobs.
tonight
Tonight, thanks to the grit and determination of the American people, there is much progress to report.
serviceman
Already, we have brought home 33,000 of our brave servicemen and women.
equip
How do we equip our people with the skills needed to do those jobs?
city university
At schools like P-Tech in Brooklyn, a collaboration between New York Public Schools, the City University of New York, and IBM, students will graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree in computers or engineering.
control system
Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.
financial institution
Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.
firefighter
We won’t grow the middle class simply by shifting the cost of health care or college onto families that are already struggling, or by forcing communities to lay off more teachers, cops, and firefighters.
security force
This spring, our forces will move into a support role, while Afghan security forces take the lead.
heat wave
Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods – all are now more frequent and intense.
tax rate
Over the last few years, both parties have worked together to reduce the deficit by more than $2.5 trillion – mostly through spending cuts, but also by raising tax rates on the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans.
scorecard
And tomorrow, my Administration will release a new “College Scorecard” that parents and students can use to compare schools based on a simple criteria: where you can get the most bang for your educational buck.
run-down
Let’s put people back to work rebuilding vacant homes in run-down neighborhoods.
middle class
It is our generation’s task, then, to reignite the true engine of America’s economic growth – a rising, thriving middle class.
crowd out
And those of us who care deeply about programs like Medicare must embrace the need for modest reforms – otherwise, our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children, and jeopardize the promise of a secure retirement for future generations.
traffic control
Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, and our air traffic control systems.
higher education
Now, even with better high schools, most young people will need some higher education.
jeopardize
These sudden, harsh, arbitrary cuts would jeopardize our military readiness.
well-connected
To hit the rest of our deficit reduction target, we should do what leaders in both parties have already suggested, and save hundreds of billions of dollars by getting rid of tax loopholes and deductions for the well-off and well-connected.
structurally
Tonight, I propose a “Fix-It-First” program to put people to work as soon as possible on our most urgent repairs, like the nearly 70,000 structurally deficient bridges across the country.
infiltrate
We know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private e-mail.
high-tech
So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Departments of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs.

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