Barack Obama’s SOTU speech emphasizes “nation-building at home.” But that doesn’t mean an end to nation-bombing abroad.
Focusing on the executive actions you can take without Congress is a great idea, Mr. President.
Four actions that Obama can take now, without Congress, to address climate change. Obama doesn’t have to wait for Congress to act, and we don’t have to wait for Obama, either.
We need to transition away from a fossil-fueled, speculative, exploitative, and militarized economy that serves the needs of Wall Street, Walmart, and Lockheed Martin instead of the American people.
Thanks to the persistence of the Occupy movement and Romney’s tin ear, President Obama devoted much of his State of the Union address to the damage extreme inequality wreaks on our democracy.
The Occupy movement is clearly affecting political rhetoric… but what about real action?
Obama knew that many people who voted for him in 2008 did so based on his commitment to end the war in Iraq, so highlighting that made perfect sense. But he was way wrong in claiming that the war in Iraq has made the United States “more respected around the world.”
In the SOTU, President Obama missed out on the opportunity to advocate for a progressive vision of the United States and to take on a real leadership role.
Obama’s second State of the Union address sandwiched crummy policies between slices of inspiration.
The freeze on the funding of discretionary domestic programs would choke off vital assistance to a shrinking middle class and growing numbers of poor and low-income families.
The sound of the president’s silence on climate change and the BP oil disaster was deafening.
During the campaign Obama said his favorite TV show was The Wire. He “gets” injustice, but he missed his chance to demonstrate leadership tonight.
The Iraq War isn’t wrapping up, the Afghanistan War is failing, and we can’t afford either one. If we are ever going to find 15 million jobs, we need to end the wars and cut military spending.
Some of this revenue should be used for long overdue investments in education, health care, and energy retrofits.
Here’s a glimpse into what the president is thinking while he’s delivering the State of the Union address.