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Promises, promises, promises. A speech full of empty promises. That's what the State of the Union Speech sounded like from a student perspective.

Free tuition, affordable childcare and wage equality were all among the promises President Barack Obama made in the annual address to the nation, but as a student and a member of a low-income household, I'm giving the Leader of the Free World a serious side eye.

Those of us who are not as fortunate definitely need, and would appreciate, the opportunity to level the playing field a little bit when it comes to financial hardships and access to higher education.

But realistically, I'm not sure if these optimistic dreams will ever see the light of day.

The negative stigma that already comes from conservatives in relation to government aid is definitely not going to let up with the proposal of more aid programs.

Despite the fact that Obama's approval ratings are higher than ever, his Congress is still divided.

The little people want the help, and love hearing that they're going to get it, but will a notoriously disagreeable Congress even allow these programs to exist formally?

Seems unlikely considering the undeniable amount of spending that will go into it, whether that be federal or personal taxes levied on U.S. citizens. All in all, I just don't think it will happen, at least not in my generation.

So unless the president has a magic wand hidden in the Oval Office, those of us who are waiting on the aid of the federal government to ease astronomical costs of childcare, unequal pay and affordable education can just keep on wishing upon those really expensive stars.

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Alma Hill is a contributing writer for the Central Florida Future.

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