A President Who Realizes the GOP’s “Fever” Will Never Break

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 7:24 pm

If I had to sum up the State of the Union speech in one phrase it would be: executive action. The core line of the speech for me seemed to be, “Some require Congressional action, and I’m eager to work with all of you.  But America does not stand still – and neither will I. [...]

The TPP Threatens the State of the Union

By: Tuesday January 28, 2014 3:04 pm

There’s a good chance that President Obama will use tonight’s State of the Union address to gin up support for Fast Tracking the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The White House insists Fast Track authority, which would limit debate and prohibit amendments to the TPP, is part of their negotiating strategy to encourage more open markets [...]

White House Releases Details of Obama’s Preschool Proposal

By: Thursday February 14, 2013 9:59 am

Following the President’s call for expanding access to high quality preschool during the State of the Union, the White House has now released a new document providing more detail. You can read the entire fact sheet here. While the proposal is framed as “Preschool for All”, it would focus primarily on expanding federal funding to [...]

There Is No Money

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 7:56 am

The great problem with President Obama’s State of the Union is that he has created a bizarre reality in which there is no money. This is a narrative that is not only going to continue to hinder our weak recovery, but also make new progressive spending programs impossible. In his speech Obama said the first [...]

President Obama Uses State of the Union to Feed Deficit Hysteria

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 7:05 pm

While President Obama dedicated a significant portion of his State of the Union speech to deficit reduction is not totally unexpected, it is truly disappointing. Not only did Obama spend more time on the deficit than on any other issue, but he placed it at the begin of the speech and effectively labeled it the [...]

FLOTUS Guest List Gives Preview of State of the Union

By: Tuesday February 12, 2013 10:24 am

If you really just can’t wait to find out what President Obama is going to talk about in his State of the Union speech this evening, the best indications come from the First Lady’s guest list. Normally the President will refer to the guests during the speech to highlight a particular issue. Immigration should be [...]

State of the Union Set for Feb 12, Right Before Debt Limit

By: Friday January 11, 2013 10:20 am

Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) has officially invited President Obama to give his State of the Union address before the Congress on February 12 and the President has accepted. From Boehner’s official invite: Dear Mr. President: Our nation continues to face immense challenges, and the American people expect us to work together in [...]

Why Obama’s Not Talking About Health Care

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 9:56 am

In addition to the individual mandate being extremely unpopular, opinions about the entire Affordable Care Act have remained negative and been trending downward. The Kaiser Family Foundation poll found 44 percent view the law unfavorably while just 37 percent now view it favorably. From Kaiser: While the trend is very slight and not perfect, looking [...]

American People Still Really Hate the Individual Mandate

By: Thursday January 26, 2012 8:48 am

Even after almost two years since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the individual mandate continues to be as unpopular as always. An overwhelming 2/3rds of the county holds an unfavorable view of the mandate and the majority thinks the Supreme Court should strike it down. From Kaiser Family Foundation poll: As for the [...]

How About Real Senate Reform Instead of Just Special Privileges for the President

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 12:24 pm

I’m of two minds about President Obama’s shout out for Senate rules reform in his State of the Union speech. I’m glad he brought attention to the need for reform, but mostly I’m very disappointed with what he chose to call for. From the State of the Union: Some of what’s broken has to do [...]