For the first time in his presidency, President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union address to a Republican-controlled Congress. Yet he spoke with confidence and ease as he laid out a progressive agenda for the final two years of his presidency.
Our biggest problem is the lack of dialogue among the political factions in this country. The Democrats will want free college and amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Republicans will veto the idea of free college and want to deport every illegal immigrant. There are numerous solutions between those choices that will never get a proper airing.
Perhaps I have this wrong and I am hopelessly naive (or idealistic), but even though President Obama was elected as a Democrat, once elected isn't his constituency the entire American population, and isn't he supposed to serve all of them to the best of his ability?
As Majority Leader McConnell wields greater power than he has ever held in his life, some hack pundits predict that such awesome power will have a moderating influence on him. Don't count on it. People who strive for power the way McConnell has done throughout his career cannot be trusted to "moderate" themselves.
And so the right to govern is upon the Republican Party, which has bitched for six years that it was the minority, throwing stones at the systemic glass house, but now finds itself at the forefront of legislation.
The President is expected to announce in his State of The Union Address tonight a plan to make community college free. It's called "America's College Promise," and while that might be welcome news for community college students around the country, it's another example of wasteful government spending.
The dawn of 2015 finds Americans continuing to marvel and benefit at the pump from low oil prices. Yet many ask: Why all of a sudden are prices falling so drastically? Do market forces have anything to do with it? Or is this a political strategy?
Ever since Mitt confided to his friends and mega-donors in a fancy New York apartment a little over a week ago that he is "seriously considering" a third bid for the presidency, Romney 3.0 is all anyone is talking about.
While Hillary will most likely be the Democratic nominee, Bernie Sanders is thinking of running as well. His middle class values, outspoken commonsense and experience will capture a lot of attention from far left Democrats. With all those possibilities still pending, I have a couple of words of wisdom for both parties.
Today, as he makes his sixth State of the Union speech, the president faces a solidly Republican Congress, and he never has to face the electorate again. So we are seeing a stronger and more forceful president than ever before. He is challenging Congress to act and outlining again the principles he ran on in 2008. This is Barack Obama unleashed.
Republican leaders have chosen recently elected Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) to deliver the party's response to President Obama's State of the Union address. Ernst is a veteran who grew up on an Iowa farm. She is also a pistol-packing, anti-Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), anti-Clean Water Act politician.
The Republican establishment's leading presidential hopefuls know the current upbeat economy isn't trickling down to most Americans. But they've got a whopping credibility problem, starting with trickle-down economics.
The Congressional GOP's unhealthy obsession with President Obama's use of his presidential powers has driven them into a strategic black hole, with very high, long-term costs for the party and future candidates.
Suddenly, it's 2016. Try to contain your excitement... ...
The President has introduced only the grand idea of providing tuition-free education for all students attending community colleges, an idea which, at first glance, seems to have great merit. But at this point we know very few details.
This was a busy week in politics, as the Republicans in the new Congress began a bout of legislating and President Obama ramped up his agenda in preparation for next Tuesday's big speech to Congress and the country.