The State of Our Union, Tweeted

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Analysis: Obama seizes on recovery, bets on staying power.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama ignored the GOP, the election and the calendar counting down his waning presidency Tuesday night to flesh out an ambitious agenda and a robust vision for the future. Even before President Obama arrived at the Capitol on Tuesday to deliver his State of the Union address, Republicans were making clear that the 6,600-word speech would have little impact on what Congress does in the year ahead. “With all due respect to him, he doesn’t set the agenda in the Senate,” Sen.

The president seized on the fact that the country’s mood has changed, that the public is open to new ideas—and hit hard on the need to expand prosperity downward. Thanks to smartphones (or staff tucked away in offices with the passwords to official Twitter accounts), senators and representatives can now comment in real time to every word a president speaks.

Obama was focused less on the House chamber and more on the millions of Americans watching — who for the first time could read the speech as it was delivered, together with charts and infographics from the White House, on an online platform. “We are 15 years into this new century. Republicans were able to dismiss Obama’s proposals, knowing that few will ever gain congressional approval with the GOP holding majorities in both the House and Senate. Tuesday’s speech capped a remarkably activist 11 weeks since Obama suffered the humiliation of Democratic losses that gave Republicans control of both chambers of Congress.

National Association of Manufacturers President Jay Timmons said fast-track, which gives Congress a yes-or-no vote on trade agreements in exchange for setting negotiating objectives, would make trading partners take the United States more seriously and backed Obama’s focus on China. “I think it’s important to note that there are countries all over the world, China included, that would like to take away America’s mantle of economic leadership,” he said. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores, that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars, that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. That rejection is the price Obama will pay for losing the Democratic majority in the Senate, which for the past six years served as the main battleground for the president’s initiatives. While some Democrats and Republicans may have been sitting next to one another as a bipartisan act, members on Twitter continued to talk past each other during the speech on a partisan basis.

Now, the best Obama can hope for in regard to his big-ticket proposals is that his Democratic allies figure out a way to offer his ideas as amendments to Republican bills. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.” “Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999.

And while he offered a nod to bipartisanship on issues such as trade, he pushed a traditional Democratic economic agenda of tax increases for the rich, expanded paid leave for workers and increased aid for education. House Republicans in particular reserved their strongest disagreement with the president over his veto threats as well as aspects of his economic vision, like the proposal for free community college tuition and his ideas for reforming taxation. Obama touted “middle-class economics,” which he described as ”the idea that this country does best when everyone gets their fair shot, everyone does their fair share, and everyone plays by the same set of rules.” There were few surprises in the speech, which the president had previewed during a series of appearances across the country over the last two weeks, but the tone was confident from a president buoyed by a bump in approval ratings that followed improved employment rates and executive orders calling for a partial re-opening of trade and domestic relations with Cuba. Hatch (R-Utah), disparaged the president’s tax proposals — a new tax on the largest financial institutions and on the wealthy claiming capital gains, and a new two-year plan for free community-college tuition — as a pipe dream. “Sadly, it doesn’t appear that President Obama gets it. More of our kids are graduating than ever before; more of our people are insured than ever before; we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years. …

Focusing mainly on domestic policy, he proposed expanding broadband access, providing free tuition to community colleges, cutting mortgage costs and tripling the childcare tax credit. Chamber of Commerce. “The tax hikes he’s proposing would be particularly damaging.” On foreign affairs, Republicans hope to flex their new muscle quickly.

By laying credit at the doorstep of his own administration, Obama is looking to gain leverage over Republicans and weaken their resolve to undo his go-it-alone initiatives on immigration, climate change and Cuba. The cost would be $320 billion — money the GOP-controlled Congress will be loath to spend, especially on programs that seal a Democratic president’s legacy.

Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?” TRANSLATION: I know the recovery is disproportionately helping the wealthy – something Republicans and Democrats actually agree on. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said Wednesday he still wants to push a tougher sanctions bill against Iran in the next few weeks and is still advancing a plan that would force Obama to get congressional sign-off on a possible nuclear deal with Tehran before Secretary of State John F. Obama’s speech and GOP reaction were not as confrontational as in some past years, and the two sides have tried to signal some areas that could produce some modest gains. TRANSLATION: This is the part where I provide an anecdote about an all-American couple and their struggle. (After all, who doesn’t love a couple from Minnesota?) Results not necessarily typical. “We believed that sensible regulations could prevent another crisis, shield families from ruin, and encourage fair competition.

The Republican leaders paid close attention to Obama’s remarks about trade legislation, an issue with widespread support among GOP lawmakers but not among Democrats, who largely tilt against it because of concerns that such pacts hurt their union allies. “Let’s hope the president talks about that tonight and does more than just talk about it, but this time actually goes to his caucus, goes to the Democrats, talks about the importance of this, to get this economy truly moving,” said Sen. And in the past year alone, about ten million uninsured Americans finally gained the security of health coverage.” TRANSLATION: Congress can get things done. And these policies will continue to work, as long as politics don’t get in the way.” “Of all the challenges facing our nation I’m astonished the president’s signature proposal is a $320 billion tax hike,” said U.S. Or at least it could when I had two Democratic majorities and we passed Dodd-Frank and the Affordable Care Act before the GOP won the House in 2010. “At every step, we were told our goals were misguided or too ambitious; that we would crush jobs and explode deficits.

Instead, we’ve seen the fastest economic growth in over a decade, our deficits cut by two-thirds, a stock market that has doubled, and health care inflation at its lowest rate in 50 years.” “So the verdict is clear: Middle-class economics works. By the end of this month, the Senate is likely to pass the legislation in the face of a veto threat by Obama, who has said that federal studies about environmental safety should continue before a final plan is approved. A Washington Post-ABC News poll released Tuesday showed Obama with an approval rating of 50 percent, the poll’s highest rating for the president in more than 18 months. While Democrats were mostly echoing the president’s message, some Republicans could be seen tweeting from a similar script: Although Republicans eagerly contested many parts of the president’s speech on Twitter, they cooled down as Mr.

It’s time we stop treating child care as a side issue, or a women’s issue, and treat it like the national economic priority that it is for all of us. But the Post-ABC poll shows that Obama’s better standing is largely the result of support coalescing among the groups that backed his presidential campaigns in the first place — Democrats, moderates, Hispanics and younger people. It’s a little more complicated than this, because thrown into these cycles we have the scandals and the social changes that all have some impact on how people think about things, but basically, this is how American politics rolls: We go through these eras, and the eras make the majority of people decide that one party or the other is better equipped to do something about the challenges. They were allowed to offer two amendments to the Keystone bill — one to guarantee oil coming through the pipeline would be sold inside U.S. borders and another to guarantee that the pipeline is built with U.S. steel.

While he developed the theme of “a better politics,” Democrats amplified his message vigorously, posting nearly twice as many tweets in the last 10 minutes as Republicans sent. Where is the concern for the taxpayer?” “Americans have been hurting, but when we demanded solutions, too often Washington responded with the same stale mindset that led to failed policies like Obamacare. As the speech ended, it was time for some members to move on to their next thing — TV cameras that waited to record things they may or may not have already said on Twitter.

The amendments forced an uncomfortable vote upon a crop of Republicans facing potentially difficult reelections in 2016 on an issue that could do them political harm. And now, we seem to be—seem to be—entering an era in which the chief debate is going to be about expanding prosperity downward from the people who’ve enjoyed the lion’s share of the prosperity of the last 30 years. The president is seeking “trade promotion authority,” or the ability to negotiate trade deals that Congress can either approve or reject but not change. Even with Republicans in control of the House since 2011, Senate Democrats still used their power to promote legislation that helped showcase issues that both Obama and Senate candidates would use on the campaign. So let’s set our sights higher than a single oil pipeline.” “Let’s close loopholes so we stop rewarding companies that keep profits abroad, and reward those that invest in America.

Let’s use those savings to rebuild our infrastructure and make it more attractive for companies to bring jobs home.” “When we make rash decisions, reacting to the headlines instead of using our heads; when the first response to a challenge is to send in our military , then we risk getting drawn into unnecessary conflicts, and neglect the broader strategy we need for a safer, more prosperous world. Bob Casey, said that wage increases are the quickest and surest way to put money in workers’ pockets — cash they’ll spend, thereby increasing demand and creating a need for more jobs. “I thought he looked like he was talking to the Congress that he wishes was elected instead of the one that was actually elected. Obama has helped turn it—with a few speeches over the years, and certainly with some of his policies, like health care, which he defended in an impressively in-your-face way in this speech. Still, as Republicans made clear Tuesday, it’s not the same leverage that he enjoyed his first six years in office. “The American people have spoken,” McConnell said. “They’ve decided they want both parties to have some lever of power here in Congress, and I think they expect us to sort out the things that we can agree on and try to make some bipartisan progress.”

First there was the red line in Syria and then the lingering troop presence in Iraq and now the decision not to send someone high-ranking to the rally in Paris. Republicans began the year by seeking to undo Obama’s immigration initiative, weaken provisions in the 2010 financial regulations law, and force approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.

But give me a chance to make diplomacy work.” “We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small — by opposing Russian aggression, supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies. Mike Doyle of Forest Hills say that losing control of Congress is no reason to water down the policy agenda. “When you believe in a certain policy and you believe we need to take certain steps to strengthen the economy … you have to keep asserting your point of view,” Mr. Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of Illinois said the president’s proposals would relieve the burden of student debt, put home ownership within reach for more people and help working families achieve the American dream. “We have an $18 trillion debt. But I’ve heard the objections to that policy from both parties, and I’m going to ask for authorization anyway. “2014 was the planet’s warmest year on record.

Keynes, see, has taught us the concept of counter-cyclical investment: That when the economy is in dire straits, that is exactly when the government should be spending a boatload of money. Raising the minimum wage and increasing access to education are examples of areas where he can have that kind of influence, she said. “The president can move the ball on his own by using executive authority.

He gave these speeches—what, 2010, maybe—when he likened the government to a family sitting around the kitchen table deciding what expenses it needed to cut out. Toomey said the president isn’t focusing on the right things: the economy and national security at a time the nation is still recovering from a recession and simultaneously facing threats from the Islamic State, which has amassed power, land and recruits. “I hope this was just the president venting and posturing, and that now we can get down to the business of securing the economy and protecting America from a very, very serious threat,” he said.

I still believe that together, we can do great things, even when the odds are long.” TRANSLATION: Don’t believe the mainstream media when they tell you I was overly idealistic. My 2004 Democratic National Convention speech is still how I view this country. “A better politics is one where we debate without demonizing each other; where we talk issues, and values, and principles, and facts, rather than ‘gotcha’ moments, or trivial gaffes, or fake controversies that have nothing to do with people’s daily lives.” “We may have different takes on the events of Ferguson and New York.

But in real-life political terms, he was right at least insofar as you can’t get people to think about longer-term economic goals when they’re out of a job, or underemployed. Labor ripped out a response while the president was still speaking, with AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka calling fast-track deals “giant giveaways to big corporations.” Mr. He continued: ”My only agenda for the next two years is the same as the one I’ve had since the day I swore an oath on the steps of this Capitol — to do what I believe is best for America. Actually, they do have something to say, and it’s “No!” They looked ridiculous, sitting on their hands, refusing to applaud simple and obvious things that have 60, 65 percent public support.

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