State of the Union: Obama proposals show president on ‘offense’ despite GOP …

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How Can Obama Get His Mojo Back In the State of the Union? Study Bill Clinton.

President Obama must figure he has nothing to lose Tuesday night during his annual State of the Union address: so naturally he will take credit for the recent upward trajectory of the U.S. economy, and why not propose higher taxes on the wealthiest Americans and new fees on the biggest Wall Street banks.The tone and tenor of the Obama White House since Democrats suffered a crushing defeat to the GOP during the November midterm elections have been anything but conciliatory, and have raised doubts about whether the president can — or wants to — break through partisan gridlock in Congress before voters choose his successor next year.

So, too, will astronaut Scott Kelly – who is about to join the International Space Station for a year-long mission and is the twin brother of retired astronaut and gun-control activist Mark Kelly. Two bright spots include the recent surge in U.S. labor markets and the dramatic decline in the price of oil, both of which have boosted consumer confidence and are expected to contribute to maintaining economic momentum into 2015. Although Obama has vetoed just two bills in his six years, the White House has threatened to veto five measures from Congress this month alone — including legislation that would authorize the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline, tie funding of the Department of Homeland Security to a rollback of Obama’s executive actions on immigration and impose new economic sanctions on Iran. Obama vowed in a private meeting with Democrats last week that he will play “offense” during the final two years of his presidency, building on the aggressive executive actions he laid out over the past two months.

The legislative proposals he has previewed — including a plan for free community college and a revamping of the tax code — have been based firmly on his terms, drawing objections from Republicans. Obama will undoubtedly tout these numbers during his speech Tuesday night and suggest that his policies helped stabilize the economy following the 2008 financial crisis.

Twenty-two guests will join first lady Michelle Obama in her box during Tuesday’s prime-time address, as the president seeks to illustrate his priorities for improving the lives of middle-class Americans. Watching him speak to a packed Congress was like watching Barbra Streisand sing, Michael Jackson moonwalk, Tiger Woods golf, or Steve Jobs pitch a product.

But what will probably get less attention in his speech is the fact that these strong job creation numbers have yet to translate into higher wages for most Americans, a point not lost on the Federal Reserve as central bankers wait for higher wages to push inflation to the Fed’s target rate of 2%. One of the reasons cited for the long-standing pressure on wages has been the poor quality of many of the jobs created since the recovery began in 2010. Millions of Americans have returned to the workforce since the Great Recession ended, but many of those jobs have been in low-paying service positions, or at temporary or part-time jobs. And I’ll call on this new Congress to join me in putting aside the political games and finding areas where we agree so we can deliver for the American people.” White House aides said they see no contradiction in Obama’s approach to dealing with the GOP-controlled Congress this year, and they point out that some of his proposals received Republican support in the past. Malik is a seventh-grader who lives on the South Side of Chicago and told the president, “All I ask for is for safety I just wanna be safe.” Chelsey Davis (Knoxville, Tenn.) – student, Pellissippi State Community College.

Yet as Obama takes his case to the American public in his prime-time address, he has made clear that he doesn’t intend to cede much ground to his rivals. “Some of them are going to be legislative proposals Republicans may not love, but we’ll push them,” White House senior adviser Dan Pfeiffer said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He emphasized that the administration will use “every lever we can — whether it’s with Congress, on our own or using the bully pulpit.” The president’s proposal to raise $320 billion in new revenue over 10 years by increasing taxes and fees for wealthy Americans and big financial institutions angered Republicans, who had cited tax reform as a potential area of compromise. “I would guess the president would love for Republicans in Congress to take the bait or to somehow have our heads turned away from working toward constructive solutions in some cases,” Sen. Both position paper and performance piece, the Address must pitch policies in proportion while showcasing the president in a way that entrances 535 Members of Congress in person and millions watching it at home. These proposals will certainly go over well with Obama’s liberal Democratic base and will provide a starting point and rallying cry for Democratic candidates heading into the 2016 elections, but they’re also almost certainly dead-on-arrival in the new Republican-controlled Congress. Speaker of the House John Boehner, (R-Ohio), issued the following statement Monday regarding the proposed new tax measures: “More Washington tax hikes and spending is the same, old top-down approach we’ve come to expect from President Obama that hasn’t worked.

Inside the West Wing, presidential advisers said they don’t think Obama’s aggressive rollout of executive actions and new proposals would further poison the political environment or diminish his chances of working with Republicans on what could be lasting achievements. Rather, aides said, the GOP will pursue bipartisan legislation when it is in their best interest, pointing to Republican support for a $1 trillion spending plan last month to keep the government open.

After Clinton so carefully crafted a role as America’s “Good Father” in 1996, Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr was now investigating Clinton’s weaknesses as a bad husband. For instance, an estimated 24 million working couples would receive a $500 “second earner” tax credit targeting families in which both spouses work. The additional revenues would also allow the federal government to expand the child tax credit to up to $3,000 per child under the age of five, a plan that would benefit an estimated five million families now paying for child care. The morning of the speech, Day 7 of the scandal, the newspapers featured Clinton’s passionate denial: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky.” On NBC’s “Today” Show, Hillary Clinton counterattacked against the “vast right wing conspiracy” targeting her husband since 1992.

Staff Sergeant Gibson lost both legs in Afghanistan and is now – with help from a local nonprofit – living in a specially designed home with his wife and baby girl. While again calling for “a government that is a progressive instrument of the common good, rooted in our oldest values of opportunity, responsibility and community,” Clinton tried mobilizing support for Social Security reform. Bush marveled, “Now I understand why he’s inside looking out, and I’m outside looking in.” Since his first inaugural address, Obama has failed to wow Americans with his speeches, as he did so effectively during his 2008 campaign. Mubiru teaches in the Los Angeles Unified School District and wrote to the president about students with technical training finding work in health care.

With unemployment down but GDP up, Obama finally can deliver some of the good news his predecessor was lucky enough to sprinkle throughout his speeches. Obama can flummox Republicans and appeal to the public by seizing the center rather than lurching left, acting as president of all the people, not a partisan leader of the opposition-to-the-opposition. He might even integrate it all into a coherent, comprehensible, and accessible vision such as Clinton’s opportunity-responsibility-community mantra, so Americans have a sense of forward momentum.

But Clinton also conveyed an intense, authentic, infectious love of the people, the policies, and the politics that disarmed many Republicans, thrilled many Democrats, and wooed many independents. Because she has siblings who are US citizens, her parents are now eligible for the president’s new program of deferred action benefiting some illegal immigrants.

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