Obama to Republicans: Don't Even Try to Cut "Investment"

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Jan. 25 2011 8:58 PM

Obama to Republicans: Don't Even Try to Cut "Investment"

The press gallery now has the text of the State of the Union. The Republican worry about investment talk was warranted -- the section about investment is all about the dangers of Republicans cutting back government grants or education funding or funding for alternative energy. These are all items on the GOP's chopping block.

"Cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like lightening an overloaded airplane by removing its engine," says Obama in the speech.

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UPDATE: Obama reached this section of the speech and, unsurprisingly, inspired very few Republicans to their feet. The effect of bipartisan seating is largely less applause, and more noticeable annoyance from the GOP.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.