State of the Union 2015: Obama Misses Opportunity with Republican Congress
– by Matt Kibbe via Fox News
The secret is out. President Obama does not like the Republican Congress, and the feeling is mutual.
President Obama had an opportunity to take steps towards unifying the two ideologically opposed branches of government in his first State of the Union address to a Republican House and Senate. Not surprisingly, it was a swing and a miss. Read more here…
5 Ways the President’s Tax Plan is Bad for America
– by Adam Brandon via TheBlaze
Pop quiz: When a progressive is confronted with a problem, what will they invariably propose as a solution? If you said, “higher taxes,” congratulations! You’ve been paying attention.
President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address was a perfect example of this, with calls for $320 billion in tax increases over at least five different collection programs. Here are five reasons why tax increases are the wrong answer to a question nobody asked. Read more here…
Barack Obama is in Complete Denial About the United States’ Ominous Fiscal Path
– by Jason Pye
In addition to proposing an onslaught of spending increases and tax hikes in his sixth State of the Union address, President Barack Obama will, according to The New York Times, “effectively declare victory over the economic hard times that dominated his first six years in office and advocate using the nation’s healthier finances to tackle long-deferred issues like education and income inequality.”
President Obama has used previous State of the Union addresses to proclaim that heavy economic intervention, including bailouts and wasteful stimulus spending, had averted a second Great Depression. So in some way, what he’ll be singing the same song that Americans have heard before. And though it’s true that monthly reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics have shown a boom in job creation and a decline in the unemployment rate, a deeper look shows that things aren’t as great as they seem. Read more here…
The Email Privacy Act: Get the Government Out of Your Inbox
– by Logan Albright
During the president’s State of the Union address last night, Barack Obama stated that we need to reaffirm our commitment to civil liberties and the protection of American privacy. For once, we agree. The erosion of Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections are among the greatest causes for concern among the political issues of today.
But while the president focused his remarks on the invasions of privacy by private hackers and foreign countries, these are minor problems compared to the utter disregard our own federal government has shown for personal liberties. Read more here…
When Racism Can’t Be Ignored
By ALEXIS SOLOSKI
“Rasheeda Speaking,” by the Chicago playwright Joel Drake Johnson, is a dark comedy about racism both covert and obvious, and stars Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest.
Daughters in the Business
By LAURA COLLINS-HUGHES
Halley Feiffer’s new play, “I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard,” focuses on an actress and her better-known father, a situation she knows firsthand.
A Solo Spotlight for a Powerful Voice
By JON PARELES
Rhiannon Giddens, celebrated on the folk circuit as the leader of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, releases a solo album that steps beyond the tradition of African-American string bands.