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President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to call for an end to the politics of austerity -- and to pitch a plan for implementing an aggressively liberal agenda without breaking the bank. The president called for key policies to be funded using public-private partnerships and state-federal cost-sharing, or by establishing creative tax credits to spur private investment. "It's not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth," Obama said.

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