As poll after poll finds that the economy and jobs are top priorities for voters, perceptions about which party is better equipped to handle those issues become increasingly important.
One of the most underreported promises President Barack Obama made in his State of the Union last Tuesday was this one: “I will act on my own to slash bureaucracy and streamline the permitting process for key projects, so we can get more construction workers on the job as fast as possible.”
President Barack Obama earns $400,000 a year or about $0.76 per minute (if he works every minute of the day, month and year, which we know he doesn’t). Last week the president spoke for 65 minutes on the State of the Union, which means for those remarks he earned $49.47.
During Tuesday night’s State of the Union, Truth Ref flagged President Obama for some statements that were questionable. Truth Ref took issue with many statements, but here are the top three.
Last week in our inaugural “Friday Fraud” post we took a look at the top five things readers needed to know about federal government improper payments. In that post, we noted Medicare and Medicaid lose about $60 billion annually to improper payments.
Yesterday we discussed Washington Post columnist Robert Samuelson’s observation that discussion of the debt and deficit was absent from President Obama’s State of the Union.
The consensus from many in the media was that the State of the Union last night was “modest.” The president’s remarks have been called “bland,” “narrow,” and “bite-sized.” But while President Obama presented few large reforms – he was silent on entitlements, for example – he did propose something very radical.
Tonight President Obama delivers his fifth* State of the Union address. Ahead of that speech, this morning, NBC News and Wall Street Journal released their latest survey taking the pulse of the nation. Americans are sour toward Washington and increasingly pessimistic about the future of our nation.
President Barack Obama will give his fifth State of the Union address tonight. We think the president should be fairly nervous going into tonight’s event. Why?
Tomorrow night President Barack Obama will give his annual State of the Union address. For weeks journalists have reported the president will focus on policies he contends will reduce U.S. income inequality: raising the minimum wage, increasing college affordability and improving education in general.