There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

Donald Trump began his recent speech to Congress with a line seemingly designed to appease his critics. “As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month,” he said, “we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still...
Obama’s Biggest Compromise Yet?

Obama’s Biggest Compromise Yet?

To hear his progressive critics tell it, Barack Obama has long been given to preemptive compromise. Even when his rhetoric has soared at its highest, the cautious president has always been careful to offer his Republican critics an olive branch—often one torn...
Fracking Perils

Fracking Perils

Folks, I’ve got some good news and some bad news about the nation’s ever-elusive quest for a sound energy policy. The good news: Finally there’s some under-the-radar bipartisan consensus in Washington. The bad news: Both parties are dead wrong. This...
Immobility Nation

Immobility Nation

America is becoming “a country where a shrinking number of people do really well, while a growing number of Americans barely get by,” President Barack Obama declared during his State of the Union address. The numbers back him up. Executive compensation and...

Put a Human Face on Spending Priorities

Across the country, state legislatures are grappling with billion-dollar deficits. The prevailing narrative among Republicans–and many Democrats–is cut, cut, cut. But in some of the nation’s most populous states, a few legislators are pushing back....

Obama, Inc.

When you dance with the devil, never fool yourself into thinking that you’re leading. That would be my 50-cents-worth of advice to President Barack Obama as he remakes his presidency into a Clintonesque corporate enterprise. Following last fall’s...

Roadmap to Disaster

The Republicans told us what they wanted to do in their “Pledge to America” last year: cut government, slash taxes, and shrink the national debt. But they didn’t tell us how they were going to do it. Now they have. Basically, it involves ripping the...

A Deficit of Ideas

Today, the White House will announce plans to eliminate the color coding warning system created after 9/11 under the Bush administration. If there is a problem, the Obama administration says, they will tell us. Unlike the doom-and-gloom Republicans, Obama is once...

SOTU: Smoked Salmon on Wonder Bread

The good news for President Barack Obama is that his one joke in an otherwise dead-serious 2011 State of the Union address elicited a chuckle from the assembled lawmakers in the chamber and sent ripples of humorous asides through the blogosphere. In case you missed...

SOTU: Glossing over the Pervasive Suffering Caused by Joblessness

President Obama is to be praised for not giving into crisis-hysteria around Social Security and instead calling to protect this vital, popular and stable program. He also deserves credit for reiterating his call for an end to the Bush tax cuts for those Americans...

SOTU: Parsing Obama’s ‘Clean Energy’ Promises

Tellingly, President Barack Obama didn’t utter the two words “climate change” once in his State of the Union speech. He did, however, mention “clean energy” several times. Read these sentences carefully: “So tonight, I challenge you...

SOTU: Free the People

With 2.3 million prisoners in the United States (about one quarter of all the prisoners on the planet), it’s a shame President Barack Obama didn’t bring up criminal justice reform. It’s one of the few areas in which the U.S. is still No. 1. We...

SOTU: Really, Mr. President?

The following is a summary of the analysis IPS fellow Phyllis Bennis made of President Barack Obama’s foreign policy comments during the State of the Union address. It’s included in the interactive transcript on PBS NewsHour’s website. President...

SOTU: Use Newfound Corporate Tax Revenue to Invest in America

In his State of the Union speech, President Barack Obama zeroed in on the ways that corporations have gamed the tax code, saying: “Over the years, a parade of lobbyists has rigged the tax code to benefit particular companies and industries. Those with...