Scanning through the full text of the State of the Union address, some quick stats on the words President Obama will say tonight.

  • Union: 6 (country, not labor)
  • Worker: 7
  • Business: 29
  • Job: 29
  • Labor: 2 (not unions)
  • Employer: 1
  • Employees: 0
  • Employee Free Choice Act: hah!

UPDATE: Hello, Rahm!  Nice to see you. No mention of any labor or other standards; just that we have to sign trade deals.

We have to seek new markets aggressively, just as our competitors are. If America sits on the sidelines while other nations sign trade deals, we will lose the chance to create jobs on our shores. But realizing those benefits also means enforcing those agreements so our trading partners play by the rules. And that’s why we will continue to shape a Doha trade agreement that opens global markets, and why we will strengthen our trade relations in Asia and with key partners like South Korea, Panama, and Colombia.


Michael Whitney

Michael Whitney

My name is Michael Whitney. I'm a progressive online organizer working with FDL Action. Rush Limbaugh called me "clueless" once. He went into rehab two days later.