President Obama was in Cleveland, Ohio, today to promote his “Winning the Future” program. Following up on a similar event held at Portland, Oregon's Intel Corporation last Friday, the President delivered opening and closing remarks at this all-day forum on small business and innovative ideas for growing the economy. He also participated in the different workshops that took place at Cleveland State University.
President Obama outlined the “Winning the Future” strategy during his State of the Union address. It includes increased government support of energy research and development as well as education programs, including job training, to “to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build our competitors,” according to the President.
But President Obama’s “Winning the Future” agenda may end up a victim of the 2011 continuing resolution passed in the House last week. The GOP-tailored resolution makes deep cuts into the energy and education programs championed by the President.
According to Rep. Tom Price (R-GA), responding to the President’s weekly address, federal spending and the growing national debt are taking jobs away, not creating them. In his reply, the chairman of the GOP Policy Committee said, “We need to end Washington’s spending binge to reduce uncertainty, to boost confidence, and to encourage private investment in our economy.”