It didn't take much. Just the power of the presidency, the State of the Union, and the whole country watching. Plus the president's will.
In his SOTU address, President Obama said: "It's not enough to train today's workforce. We also have to prepare tomorrow's workforce, by guaranteeing every child access to a world-class education." No matter which side of the political aisle you sit on, we think that's a sentiment worth supporting.
In his 2014 State of the Union Address, President Barack Obama took just 5 minutes of the 65-minute speech to cover energy and environment issues. He ...
For many working families, even two incomes are not enough to make ends meet, as the cost of living has outpaced a rise in wages. These families are increasingly experiencing the effects of poverty, and, for the first time in the program's history, households led by working-age Americans are the largest group accessing federal food assistance.
Whether or not one believes that the Death Penalty is the ultimate, irreversible denial of human rights, systemic fair trials violations, and the routine inhumane treatment of prisoners within the Pakistani justice system, inevitably places the country in breach of its international obligations...
Spreading the message of empowering Americans and making government functional would seem like an easy task. But when 78 million more people want to watch a corporate football game instead of the game of the politics of running a country, it's an uphill battle for Rep. Lee, or anyone that wants Washington to actually become more functional, no matter the party.
Obama's State of the Union address gave conservatives a lot of opportunities to run their crazy flags up the proverbial vaginal probe this week.
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Okay, listen up all you so-called "reporters." I'm gonna tell you the f***ing truth about what happened after Barry's State of the Union.
Increasing the minimum wage is part of the president's vision of opportunity for all, a fair chance to get ahead if you're willing to work hard. It will help families and it will help businesses. It's the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.
Doing more to advance better buildings would help millions of Americans save energy and save money --- and should be part of the President's agenda to help make 2014 "a breakthrough year for America."
So, the United States is in the toilet right? Wrong! When one looks at a variety of data sources, the United States appears to be doing well in relative terms both economically and competitively.
The president has proposed a new type of retirement savings account. It would be an individual account, guaranteed by the government, offered through employers and available to lower income workers to give them security in retirement.
Obama may not have won much support but it seems clear that the main conflict in Washington has moved from the Republican-Democratic axis to a food fight among Republicans.
If we were to measure the real wealth of our society -- our health and well-being, the health of the natural world, our level of education, etc. -- we would see that inequality itself is reducing our nation's well being, and the power of big corporations is allowing the degradation of our communities and environment.
There is a gridlock in the U.S. Congress, and many wonder what it means for climate action. There is a lot that the President can do under existing U.S. law to fight climate change, and that is the commitment he made very clear in the State of the Union.