State of the Union

The Constitution requires that the President deliver a State of the Union report to Congress periodically. Before Woodrow Wilson, Presidents submitted their reports in written form. After Wilson with the exception of Hoover, the State of the Union has been  given before Congress and broadcast live to the nation by radio and later TV. Out of spite, the GOP in Congress are threatening to not allow President Obama to give a State of the Union address in January, 2015.

This is a Republican first step in their efforts to roll back FDR’s New Deal and any progressive legislation enacted by and after Wilson. Their efforts include repeal of Constitutional amendments enacting the income tax, direct election of Senators and possibly universal suffrage including women’s right to vote. Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, disaster relief, and Obamacare are prominent on their hit list.

“Forcing The Contradictions Of The GOP”: With Immigration Action, Obama Calls His Opponents’ Bluff

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Obama’s decision to back away from our government’s policy of ripping apart the families of undocumented immigrants has called forth utterly contradictory responses from Republicans and Democrats, conservatives and progressives. It should now be clear that the two sides don’t see the facts, the law or history in the same way.

Conservatives say the president’s executive actions on immigration are uniquely lawless and provocative. Progressives insist that Obama is acting in the same way that President Reagan and both presidents Bush did. They recall that after the second President Bush’s immigration reform bill failed in the Senate in 2007 — it was very similar to the 2013 bill Obama supports — White House spokeswoman Dana Perino declared flatly of the administration’s willingness to use its executive powers: “We’re going as far as we possibly can without Congress acting.”

Yet perhaps facts are now irrelevant. There was an enlightening moment…

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Rationality instead of rhetoric

In 2016, wouldn’t it be nice to have a return to rationality in presidential politics in place of rhetoric? The GOP has one possible nominee, former Governor Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., who stands out from the rest of the crowd, and the Democrats could nominate either Elizabeth Warren or former Senator James H. Webb, Jr. or both. I would support either a Webb/Warren or a Warren/Webb ticket. However, the election of Huntsman would not be the disaster for the US that the rest of the GOP field represents.