On most issues New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo just can't seem to remember the position he took the previous week. But the one area where Andy seems to be consistent is his war against teachers.
Republicans frequently used the line "missed opportunity" to respond to Obama's 2015 State of the Union address. But actually, it sounds more like a golden opportunity. The only question is whether the president will be able use this newfound public support.
Naturally, the President's recent pitch for a major expansion in community college funding has been greeted with equal parts praise and criticism.
Little did I expect that on my first day as executive director of Interfaith Alliance, the most concise articulation of our mission would come from the President of the United States.
Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.
All eyes are on India this week, as President Obama is set to make an unprecedented second trip to meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Advancing cleaner, low-carbon and climate-resilient pathways can create more vibrant economies in both India and the United States. The moment to do it together is in front of them.
President Obama may only have named two example of business upping its game in educating its workforce, but that hardly means he is wanting for examples. They're out there.
Former Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O'Neill once stated that the Democrats had made people so well off through the ability to pursue higher education, that they could afford to become Republicans. That is exactly why Republicans might sign up for this program as well.
Along with the president, we should rise to the challenge to ensure that our communities can continue to enjoy healthy public lands for recreation, for subsistence, and for continuing cultural traditions. We can "start the work right now" and help lead the charge to protect the lands we love.
For this cultural critic, it is interesting to consider what was left unsaid during SOTU's repartee of call and response. Here are a few issues that are perhaps too socially, culturally and politically sensitive for discussion in the SOTU public sphere.
With a president too often bold in words but timid in action facing a Congress more Republican and obstructionist than ever, little will get done to fix inequality. Even the Tea Partiers who howled in protest over the bailout of the big banks back in 2008 have been taken to the woodshed by the likes of Karl Rove, and are silent as establishment Republicans complete the return of the GOP as Guardians of the One Percent. For now, don't really expect further taxes on the wealthy that could help those at the bottom. (And did you hear much discussion of America's poor people at the State of the Union?) Funny how trickle-down economics, a concept beloved by the GOP and its plutocratic allies, as well as by corporate Democrats, become an abomination when the galoshes are on the other foot and favor the less well off. Suddenly, trickle-down becomes all wet.
Well, President Obama has given his State of the Union address and the Republicans and political pundits are having a field day. And I'm pretty sure that even many of the Democrats who were disenchanted with him and his low ratings are now enthusiastically supporting him.
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.