I love you. Yes, I really do.
Much admiration for Weiner’s wife for her support.
By Suzy Khimm
Kicking off a series of speeches on the economy, President Obama laid out a number of reforms–from raising the minimum wage to universal pre-school–that would require major legislation that no one expects to pass any time soon. But that was precisely the point: Obama strived to come across as a leader with a long-term vision for the future, criticizing Republicans for being short-sighted and petty by comparison.
Obama attempted throughout his speech to take the long view on America’s economic problems. Yes, the financial crisis was awful, but it was essentially just a setback that exacerbated the fundamental problems we’ve been facing for decades: A hollowed out middle class, growing inequality, and the loss of economic security–”a sense that your hard work would be rewarded with fair wages and benefits, the chance to buy a home, to save for retirement,” Obama said.
Fixing such structural problems will have historic impact, going well beyond the current recovery, the president continued in an address that stretched just over an hour Wednesday. “The choices that we, the people, make now will determine whether or not every American will have a fighting chance in the 21st century,” he said. “To reverse the forces that have conspired against the middle class for decades–that has to be our project.”
Obama ran through a litany of possibilities to fix the pillars of middle-class America, through more affordable education, higher wages, and more jobs. By the end, it felt more of a laundry list of ideas (universal broadband! mortgage refinancing! worker retraining!) than a legislative agenda. But the driving purpose of the speech was to contrast this vision for economic change with Republican preoccupations–spending cuts, political scandals, and the debt ceiling–and challenge them to describe their own long-term agenda.
Thank you very much, SCOTUS!
I guess you now feel like
Pandora opening her box.
By Scott Keyes
Voting in North Carolina may soon change, much in the same way a wrecking ball changes a building.
The highly-conservative North Carolina legislature just released a new voter suppression bill that would enact not just voter ID, but a host of other new initiatives designed to make it more difficult to vote. A significant roadblock to the legislation was removed last month when the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, making it easier for states with a history of racial discrimination like North Carolina to enact new voter suppression laws.