2015: SOTU: Is Obama’s New Progressive Agenda Too Little, Too Late?

Higher taxes on the wealthy, banks and stock traders. Free community college. Speedier internet service. Paid sick leave. Investing in science, schools and infrastructure. These were some of the initiatives President Barack Obama proposed in his latest State of The Union address. “Will we accept an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well? Or will we commit ourselves to an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort?” he said, opening the speech. “So tonight, I want to focus less on a checklist of proposals, and focus more on the values at stake in the choices before us. It begins with our economy.” But is Obama’s better-late-than-never wish list of progressive policies really better? Or is it little more than political theatre coming as Republicans have their firmest grip on Congress in years? Yes, it is pleasing when unruly Republicans have […] Read More