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Government, business must work together, Obama says

February 6, 2011

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WASHINGTON — Government has a responsibility to make the United States the best place in the world to do business, but companies have a responsibility to invest in the nation’s future by keeping jobs here, hiring American workers, and paying decent wages, President Obama says.

Obama devoted his weekly radio and Internet message yesterday to ideas from his State of the Union address, specifically a plan to put the United States on a more competitive footing globally by spending scarce dollars on innovation, education, and the nation’s infrastructure.

“In today’s global, competitive economy, the best jobs and newest industries will take root in countries with the most skilled workers, the strongest commitment to research and technology, and the fastest ways to move people, goods, and information,’’ the president said, previewing a speech he is giving to the US Chamber of Commerce.

Republicans devoted their weekly message to the economy and jobs, too, but Representative Jeb Hensarling of Texas used it to chide Obama for proposing to extend Washington’s “spending binge’’ at a time of growing budget deficits.

Congressional budget specialists recently projected that the difference between federal spending and revenues will surge to a record $1.5 trillion for the budget year that will end Sept. 30.

Hensarling called for spending cuts and spending reform.

— Associated Press

New nuclear arms treaty with Russia takes effect MUNICH — A new US-Russia nuclear arms control treaty went into effect yesterday, securing a key foreign policy goal of President Obama and raising hopes among officials on both sides that it will provide the impetus for Moscow and Washington to negotiate further reductions.

“The treaty marks significant progress toward President Obama’s vision of a world without nuclear weapons,’’ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said after exchanging ratification papers with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. The treaty was the first major revamping of nuclear disarmament deals since the Cold War era.

— Associated Press

Palin calls for return to Reagan-era values SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — America is on a “road to ruin’’ because of misguided policies in Washington and needs to get back in step with the values of Ronald Reagan, Sarah Palin said at an event honoring his legacy.

Palin delivered a stinging critique of Washington during her speech Friday, part of the celebration marking the centennial of Reagan’s birth on Feb. 6.

She said the nation was being shackled by high debt and taxes, dense regulation, and rising spending, often for programs that don’t work. Reagan’s son Ron said he doesn’t see anything in common between his dad and the former Alaska governor.

— Associated Press