I applaud the president's initiative to "set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air." But just how much real progress has yet been made is debatable.
There are powerful similarities in the story of the American Dream that both Obama and Republicans express, particularly as Republicans increasingly see that they must speak to Americans who are being pushed out of the middle class and struggling to stay out of poverty.
Although 2014 is only weeks old, the Obama administration is making good on its promise to use the power of the executive branch to advance the President's policy agenda when Congress will not, or is slow to, act.
The more people working, earning income and spending, the greater the economic benefits. The masses move the needle, not the 1% at the top.
After President Barack Obama's annual State of the Union address, it's a reality check from someone who artfully uses television drama to report on the state of America from an entirely different perspective -- the bottom up.
Obama took multiple opportunities to invite Republicans to clock in and earn their pay by working with him on an ambitious legislative agenda way over due.
Matters of fairness, opportunity and inequality were center stage at this last week's State of the Union address. But it was the President's focus on education that brought home how one of our most important public institutions is suffering from the same inequities.
Cure research is an essential step to keeping HIV positive children alive. It is imperative that children be included in the early stages of cure research and development, as we would not want to repeat the mistakes of the past by delaying the availability of a cure for children.
David ('Axis of Evil') Frum & Bob ('Dream will never die,') Shrum clash over whether Obama got traction with 'Give America a Raise!' Are his unilateral actions unconstitutional or inevitable? And will GOP agree to reforms that encourage more minority/young voters?
Obama's plea, 'Give America a raise,' was the most effective applause line of the evening. Even Republicans were compelled to cheer. But his order raising the minimum wage on government contractors will help a few hundred thousand workers and add less than a billion dollars to household purchasing power. He declined to use other executive powers to compel contractors not to violate basic labor laws.
No matter that Obama spoke well. John Boehner's tan and his sour face really won the show. And what's all this about a living wage?
Republican leaders in the House of Representatives have said explicitly that they are not interested in any of these three issues. But it's a vastly different story in the states.
This week we were told that the State of our Union is, as per usual, strong. President Obama, also as per usual, gave a solid speech. But it was hard to take it as much more than political theater (albeit theater with a wildly skewed entertainment-to-applause ratio). Given what we know about D.C. dysfunction, boilerplate bits like "let's work together" and "let's all come together" played like laugh lines. And despite the presidential exhortation, "let's make this a year of action," progress in Congress will more likely look like traffic in Atlanta in the wake of Tuesday's snowstorm. For some actual action, we'll have to tune into the Super Bowl, where even if the game is a dud, the commercials usually rock. Maybe next year's SOTU should include breaks featuring Scarlett Johansson or puppies and Clydesdales.
A president talking to a stubborn Congress? Or something even closer to home? ...
A two-generation approach to creating a cycle of opportunity reflects the tremendous energy of parents wanting to do more for their children. Its four critical elements -- education, economic supports, social capital and health -- provide a substantive scaffold so that families can get ahead.
2014 chatter about "Immigration Reform" remains superficial. As Obama promised in his State of the Union address last week, yet again, that this will...