01/25/2012 08:52 am ET

State Of The Union 2012: Take Action On Nation's Most Pressing Problems

President Obama highlighted one primary problem in his annual State of the Union address Tuesday night.

He identified economic inequality as "the defining issue of our time."

"No challenge is more urgent. No debate is more important," the President stated. "We can either settle for a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by. Or we can restore an economy where everyone gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules. What’s at stake are not Democratic values or Republican values, but American values. We have to reclaim them."

Obama also reiterated his call for the "Buffett Rule," pointing out that billionaires should be taxed at higher rates by pointing out that Warren Buffett's secretary pays a higher effective rate than he does. Meantime, he pointed to the the still-steady lineup at the unemployment office, the need for quality teachers and returning military members who need support, among other issues.

"Do we want to keep these tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans?" he asked. "Or do we want to keep our investments in everything else, like education and medical research; a strong military and care for our veterans? Because if we're serious about paying down our debt, we can't do both."

As proven before, when Americans turn ideas into action, they can help solve problems in their own communities. Check out our suggestions for taking action to address the most pressing issues raised in last night's State of the Union.