That budget needs to expand, to take on the challenges that the President has powerfully outlined. Yet that budget has been shrinking for thirty years, on a declining trajectory started by Reagan and continued by every president since then -- including Obama in his first term!
What America needs now is not a new guest worker program but genuine immigration reform. Most Americans who aren't wealthy don't ask "guests" into their homes to do work on an almost permanent basis. Likewise, let's be honest about the term "temporary" worker.
One sun rose on us today thanks to the efforts of the job creators among us who didn't wait around for the government to raise the sun, Not like some...
Seven times he said "together"; five times he said "we, the people." Does he really think his opponents are capable of collaborating, or is he just laying down a marker to collect when they behave badly?
So There Was An Inauguration... As you might have heard, this weekend, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. And at the inauguration, he gave a speech. The Washington Post's Valerie Strauss teased out O's references to education. (Hint: There weren't many. For the most part, Obama lumped in education with other domestic policy issues in need of reform). More here from Politics K-12.
While the national agenda has many pieces, its mission must be to allow America to succeed in the emerging global economy. The center of that mission should be a single great national project: the development and implementation of low-cost, renewable energy.
After gay rights organizations criticized Obama for having invited a pastor to pray at his inauguration who thought gay people were sinners who could change through Jesus, it turns out the ceremony was the most pro-gay in history. While Obama spoke of religion to justify his gay rights stance, Louie Giglio tweeted his views.
It was that kind of weekend -- for the permanent residents of the capital a combination of celebration and hassle. Flocks of circling helicopters thwack, thwack, thwacked overhead like noisy mechanical geese. The inaugural parties were no less gridlocked than the streets.
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With the country drowning in debt, why go through such a costly and excessive ceremony for a guy who already has the job? If that sounds negative and anti-American to you, well, you're wrong. It isn't. It's anti-waste.
The president had the temerity to name the unnamable. The people and parts of the country that have never come up in so many prior inaugurals. And there were great lines and better sentiments.
I feel the constant tears today, freezing on my face but not resisting at all. I even cried (embarrassed) when I interviewed the young woman from New ...
Thank you, President Barack Hussein (I'm not afraid of his middle name) Obama. You did more today in one speech than most have in a lifetime. Because you made me, for once, feel like an American that should, and will, one day be treated equally under the law.
Words stir emotions. And President Obama wields the power of his words effectively to stir up hope and a call to action.
"As times change, so must we," President Barack Obama said in his eloquent and inspiring inaugural address. In many ways, President Obama's speech was a continuation of his campaign to engage women, gays, immigrants and the middle class.
The fruits of our forefathers' efforts to ensure freedom for all Americans -- the grand diversity of our nation -- are well on display as we celebrate the inauguration of an African-American president today and the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation this year.