An important nuance in the jobs-higher education link is the impact on young people. In today's America, twice as many youth are unemployed than adults. The number is even higher for young men and women of color.
President Obama's State of the Union focuses on climate change; Republicans' sneaky move to give the Keystone XL pipeline a new name; Yellowstone River pipeline spill spews oil and cancer-causing benzene; PLUS: Yes, Republicans vote climate change is not a hoax -- but there's a catch.
Did you watch Tuesday's State of the Union address? If you didn't get a chance to catch President Obama's annual address to the nation, now is the time to get caught up. The following recap includes 20 key points the president touched on that could have an impact on your wallet.
Republicans frequently used the line "missed opportunity" to respond to Obama's 2015 State of the Union address. But actually, it sounds more like a golden opportunity. The only question is whether the president will be able use this newfound public support.
Fathers are, in the words of researchers, "gatekeepers" of their daughter's ambitions. Father's have to put in the time at home doing chores with their kids, especially daughters. Paying lip service to "equality" isn't good enough.
As the president stated, to ensure a more prosperous future, we must continue to focus on education. At the K-12 level, we must equip students with the knowledge and skills they need to successfully navigate post-secondary education and their careers.
Naturally, the President's recent pitch for a major expansion in community college funding has been greeted with equal parts praise and criticism.
Little did I expect that on my first day as executive director of Interfaith Alliance, the most concise articulation of our mission would come from the President of the United States.
Fairness is a very powerful American value. That's why the most successful Democratic candidates in 2014 made it clear that they were on the side of working families against Wall Street.
The last two years of "lame duck" actually present an opportunity for executive leadership to truly drive policy change without fear of re-election politics. If caveats are included, here is where Obama may truly leverage his power as someone who has freedom to really pursue an agenda without worrying about spending political capital
Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.
President Obama may only have named two example of business upping its game in educating its workforce, but that hardly means he is wanting for examples. They're out there.
With a president too often bold in words but timid in action facing a Congress more Republican and obstructionist than ever, little will get done to fix inequality. Even the Tea Partiers who howled in protest over the bailout of the big banks back in 2008 have been taken to the woodshed by the likes of Karl Rove, and are silent as establishment Republicans complete the return of the GOP as Guardians of the One Percent. For now, don't really expect further taxes on the wealthy that could help those at the bottom. (And did you hear much discussion of America's poor people at the State of the Union?) Funny how trickle-down economics, a concept beloved by the GOP and its plutocratic allies, as well as by corporate Democrats, become an abomination when the galoshes are on the other foot and favor the less well off. Suddenly, trickle-down becomes all wet.
Well, President Obama has given his State of the Union address and the Republicans and political pundits are having a field day. And I'm pretty sure that even many of the Democrats who were disenchanted with him and his low ratings are now enthusiastically supporting him.
While President Obama's "middle class economics" speech last night certainly laid down a few markers for Democrats in 2016 and beyond, the real reason it now seems Democrats will be playing on familiar turf comes from Republicans.
Obama's SOTU presented Americans with a strongly argued case to press a progressive agenda that encompasses taxes, social spending and a variety of ancillary programs. It was rooted in the philosophical soil that has sustained the Democratic Party for nearly a century. It meets crying national needs. It conforms to principles of justice and decency that hold the Republic together. Unfortunately, it all amounted to little more than an exercise in rhetoric under current political realities. Those realities are the ineluctable outcome of the Obama presidency's abandonment of those very ideas from the day he entered the White House. The speech is six years and three elections too late -- literally behind the times.