During last night’s State of the Union address, we helpfully summed up Obama’s screed on Twitter for our readers so they didn’t have to bother tuning in.
— Colo Peak Politics (@COpeakpolitics) February 13, 2013
From raising the federal minimum wage by nearly 25% to a new cap and trade plan, also fondly known as cap and tax, Obama’s speech read more like a laundry list of liberal wishes that won’t come true than an actual framework for governing over the next year.
This morning the Associated Press says basically the same thing:
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republicans charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union address studded with tired liberal notions and campaign-style hostility and said the speech did little to ease partisan tensions over issues like gigantic budget deficits.
…Obama used his speech Tuesday night to call for action on a sweeping agenda that included the economy, guns, immigration, taxes and climate change. New initiatives included proposals to improve preschool programs and voting, boost manufacturing and research and development, raise the minimum wage and lower energy use.
…His remarks seemed to have little persuasive effect on Republicans who control the House and hold enough votes to stall legislation in the Senate and believe that government helps best by getting out of the way.
Unlike Colorado, Republicans still hold a healthy majority in the U.S. House meaning that Obama’s wish list is likely to find itself Dead On Arrival when it lands in the lower chamber.
In that way, Obama’s speech was a major wasted opportunity. Rather than proposing legislation likely to become law, and thus effect Americans’ lives, Obama instead decided to use his annual address to Congress to throw campaign rhetoric red meat to his base.
Not a smart way to start a second term with a divided Congress.