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.
The president's sixth State of the Union address to Congress last night was heavy on the actions our country should take to build on the progress that American families have made over the past two years, thanks to a recovering economy.
Obama's January 20th State of the Union Address was everywhere on the Twittersphere. From the beginning of the president's address through the conclusion of Senator Joni Ernst's official Republican response, more than 2.6 million Tweets sent were related to the State of the Union.
Although the president didn't go into detail in his State of the Union, the details that were released in the week before the speech should make middle class American's think twice. Despite the rhetoric of "taxing the rich" -- it's pretty apparent that the middle class will do most of the paying.
Wherever you stand on the political spectrum, I think there are some undeniable truths regarding our economy that need to be addressed before we reach the next phase of robust and sustainable economic growth.
President Obama will end his years in office as the most liberal president since Nixon. But while the president frames the argument well, making this economy work for working people once more will take far bolder reforms. His years may mark the beginning of a new era of progressive reform, but only if people in motion force the argument.
Workers and businesses are linked at the hip, but business has the scalpel to cut that bond. The relationship is, if not a war, then a continuous battle. It is a battle by definition. It only becomes "class warfare" if workers want raises or the government wants to have businesses pay higher taxes.
In last night's State of the Union address, President Barack Obama was triumphant in taking credit for a growing economy, being "as free from the grip of foreign oil as we've been in almost 30 years," and noting that Russia's economy was "in tatters." What the president failed to acknowledge was that entrepreneurs largely drove these results.
The optics are no longer important for HBCUs to the Obama Administration; even White House Initiative Deputy Director Ivory Toldson has doubled-down on the "value" of giving more students more money to attend schools other than HBCUs.
It's an unusual position to be in, no doubt: Structurally limited by GOP dominance of Congress and the Supreme Court, but still the most powerful man in America. What if he chooses to take full advantage of all the assets of being president -- above and beyond executive power? A guy can dream.
While there is a longstanding Washington tradition of mocking ineffective "lame duck" administrations, President Obama's State of the Union speech bucked the trend and showed this duck still has a lot to quack about -- especially as it relates to immigration.
The fact that the U.S. is #1 - leading even China -- comes from an analysis by EDF Renewable Energy executive Dr. James Walker. Wind energy is an American success story: the U.S. invented utility-scale wind farms, and by investing in them here in the U.S., we now have some of the best infrastructure this country has ever built.
The president last night had the gall to state not just victory in our wars, but to take credit for the great and loving care American veterans are receiving.
Now is the time for the President to show the courage of his convictions by taking executive action to ensure that U.S. assistance will be available for abortion access for women who survive rape or incest, or whose lives are endangered by a pregnancy. It is the right thing to do. The time to act is now.
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.