Obama: US economy must be ‘built to last’

President Obama will say in his State of the Union address Tuesday night that a new American economy must be “built to last” through a government and financial system that play by the rules and give everyone a fair shot.

Borrowing the slogan from General Motors, the president is to call for restoring the economy and an end to favoritism. In a sampling of remarks released ahead of the address, Obama says it’s time to end a system that benefits those who know how to game it — whether the biggest company or the lowliest worker.

“Let’s never forget: Millions of Americans who work hard and play by the rules every day deserve a government and a financial system that does the same. It’s time to apply the same rules from top to bottom: No bailouts, no handouts and no copouts. An America built to last insists on responsibility from everybody,” the president is expected to say.



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