State of the Union and State of Small Businesses
Tonight President Bush will deliver his seventh and likely final State of the Union address to the nation. A front-page story in The Washington Post reports that the nation's leader is expected to focus on the economy and the war in Iraq.
However, the story notes, the president may leave office with a lot of unfinished business: "Bush has long wanted to make permanent the tax cuts approved early in his term, but Democrats appear to have little interest...It is also unclear how much leverage Bush will have to secure free-trade deals with Colombia, Panama and South Korea."
His speech is also expected to urge Congress to complete work on an economic stimulus package, which includes tax rebates and incentives for businesses to invest in facilities and equipment.
Among the guests in First Lady Laura Bush's box, tonight will be Jim Barnard, the chief financial officer of Barnard Manufacturing, a 125-employee production machine shop based in St. John's, Mich. The president is expected to acknowledge legislation that he signed into law helping growth at companies such as Barnard's.
In his 2007 State of the Union address, Bush acknowledged Julie Aigner-Clark, the founder of the children's media company, Baby Einstein, which she later sold to The Walt Disney Co. "Julie represents the great enterprising spirit of America...We are pleased to welcome this talented business entrepreneur and generous social entrepreneur," he said.
Small Business Readers - What would you like to see the president address in his State of the Union speech tonight?
By Sharon McLoone |
January 28, 2008; 11:09 AM ET
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