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.
Last night in the State of the Union Address, President Obama laid out an agenda to protect and grow America's middle class. From spurring innovation and creating high-skilled jobs here in the U.S. to protecting our homes and businesses, acting on climate change is crucial to achieving this vision.
What Obama is proposing puts the GOP in a bit of a pickle. They're going to have to explain why they think giving working Americans tax breaks, more money in their pockets, and a hand up is a bad idea and why they would prefer to use public money to support billionaires.
You've heard about boomerang kids -- adult children in their 20s and 30s who have returned to live in their parents' homes. Well, get ready for boomerang parents, formerly independent middle-aged people who -- 10, 15, 20 years hence -- will have no choice but to move into their adult children's homes because they cannot afford to maintain their own.
Marriage has fractured along class lines. Conservatives and liberals alike can agree that socio-economic class has come to define all couples, gay and straight, seeking access to the institution of marriage.
While these proposals are encouraging, and show some sign of progress, they are not nearly enough. Today, households headed by a female and women over 60 are the two poorest demographic groups in the United States.
Tonight, the president rallied the nation to challenge an economic system that has ill-served regular Americans for far too long. Senator Warren, and the grassroots movement she has so inspired, helped make that possible, by showing that at this time in American history, such a battle cry would could take wing. Tonight was their triumph, too.
As Obama began speaking, a key uncertainty remained: What balance would he strike between the desire to shape the political terrain for 2016 and the imperatives of governing in 2015? The former required bold initiatives, of a kind likely to evoke sharply negative reactions from Republicans who command majorities in both the House and the Senate. But successful legislating this year will require compromise with those very majorities. Could he thread the needle, making the Democratic political case for next year without undermining the possibility of legislative progress this year?
Tonight after watching President Obama's State of the Union Address and speaking today with White House officials about the proposals the president is making, I can report without hesitation that the president has put forward a domestic agenda people of faith concerned about families, poverty and education can support.
Pay attention to what your local city councils are enacting. Pay attention to what your school officials are teaching and not teaching. Pay attention to whom your elected officials are allowing to wine and dine them.
Nicole Hernandez Hammer will be sitting in the First Lady's box as President Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address. To me, this signals the president's commitment to doing all he can to tackle the dangerous problem of climate pollution. And so I am celebrating.
There's a pattern here. Whenever the push for taxing Wall Street speculation starts to build some serious steam, the Obama administration dusts off their proposal for a big bank fee. This fee idea was is a good one. The problem: Obama officials have presented the big bank fee as an alternative to a financial transaction tax.
We have so much to be grateful for in 2015, but we are not finished. Together we must break the barriers remaining that result in a second-class citizen status, and we must continue to fight until all military families are treated equally.
Limiting the pollution that causes climate change by getting us away from coal burning power plants and moving us towards a clean energy future is a critical step in tackling this crisis and the problems that come with it.
America's infrastructure is in dire need of repair and it is past time to modernize the systems we rely on every day for energy, water, and communications both to address climate change and to create quality, family-sustaining jobs.