The problem that I have with last night's SOTU address is that it came three years too late. The president's inability to communicate has allowed House Republicans' obstinate behavior to become a viable political strategy, for which they may be rewarded in the midterm elections.
It was a speech mainly geared to the base of the party and reinforced the reasons many of us believe it is crucial that we elect more Democrats. But it was also a speech to the middle class about moderation and how the government can help people.
I am grateful for the dialogue we had as a nation in 2013, but we will all suffer if it does not proceed in 2014. The need for access to quality behavioral health treatment is critical.
My name is Mayra Guadalupe Rubio Limon and I am a dreamer. When Congressman Joe Garcia (D-FL) asked me to join him at the 2014 State of the Union I was thrilled because I knew it would give me a chance to tell my story, and that of the 11 million others that have one just like it.
Importantly though, President Obama took a strong stand for recalibrating our diplomatic and military instruments, saying, "I strongly believe our leadership and our security cannot depend on our military alone." As he noted, diplomacy has been one of America's greatest strengths and should continue to be at the forefront of how we face today's new threats.
Some may consider 2014's State of the Union speech heavy on domestic policy but too light on foreign policy. For any European, it struck an ideal balance.
For too long the link between those policies and our national economic success, as well as the success of our families, has been ignored. Until last night.
In the State of the Union address, President Barack Obama said he would use his authority to protect more pristine federal lands. This was a welcome statement given Congress' failure to protect these important public lands.
Like the president, I believe the state of our union is strong because of the determination and ingenuity of our people and businesses. Yes, we've come a long way back, and we will continue our mission to help the millions who most need help. We are indeed open for business.
I have become a single-issue voter. It may not be best for democracy, but I have come to measure all actions through the lens of whether we are doing ...
Recognizing the dignity of work requires ensuring that a full day's work gets a fair day's pay.
This State of the Union was all about inclusion. The President acknowledged that the economic gains after the Great Recession have gone largely to those at the very top, excluding most of us.
What are America's long-term strategic objectives? Relative U.S. decline has created a paradox: by exposing America's growing inability to underpin the international system, it has also cast greater light on the (present) inability of any other country or coalition to replace the U.S. in that role.
The State of the Union should be the start of a new era in which lawmakers from both sides of the aisle work together to make all our lives better.
Today's minimum wage is 22 percent below its late 1960s peak, after adjusting for inflation. Raising it to the $10-an-hour range would help to offset some of the unfavorable trends facing low-wage workers, including stagnant or falling real wages and inadequate bargaining power that leaves them solidly on the "have-not" side of the inequality divide.
With President Obama calling for expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for childless workers, as he did in last night's State of the Union spe...