Three Takeaways from President Obama’s Decision to Scrap Taxing 529 Plans

President Obama’s decision to drop his plan to tax the earnings of college savings plans known as 529s was a jaw-dropper for many reasons. Rarely, if ever, does a president offer up a detailed proposal in the State of the Union—the best annual opportunity for the White House to introduce and gain support for policy…
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Republicans Have a Middle Class Agenda. Now It’s Time to Sell It

President Obama begins almost every speech these days by reciting the economic indicators that work in his favor. The unemployment rate is falling, the manufacturing sector is adding jobs, the housing market is rebounding, and on and on it goes. But that’s far from the full story. For instance, you’ll never hear him brag about…
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Obama’s Disastrous Proposal to Pay for “Free” Community College By Taxing Savers

Community colleges are great things. They fill a higher education niche that the traditional college system dramatically under serves. In doing so, they provide a quality educational option for a variety of students who may otherwise be unable to pursue a degree. But we don’t need to reinvent the wheel in singing their praises, the…
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Obama’s “Middle Class Economics” is Anything But Helpful to the Middle Class

Six years ago President Obama acknowledged that “the strength of our economy can me measured directly by the strength of our middle class.” And yet, for all the subsequent bloviating about inequality and the attempt to leverage class resentment, the president has not put forward an agenda that is focused on improving the everyday lives…
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The President Falls Back into “Tired Old Patterns”

“Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns. Imagine if we did something different.” – President Obama, 2015 State of the Union address Sadly, Americans were left with little choice but to imagine this scenario because President Obama effectively dismantled any opportunity to achieve it in his speech. Gone are the days when…
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Obama’s “Better Politics” Is a Rebranded Version of the Same Old Partisanship

There’s a lot to unpack from last night’s State of the Union, but the thing that struck me the most was the curious dissonance between the president’s hopeful tone and the cynicism inherent in his ideas. Early in the speech he promised to send Congress “a budget filled with ideas that are practical, not partisan.”…
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Obama’s Plan to Troll the State of the Union

We’ve written several times before about President Obama’s attempt to troll Republicans by being intentionally misleading or inflammatory in order to generate news coverage. This is not some conspiracy theory ginned up by right-wing message boards, it is a purposeful and intentional strategy created by the White House. Major Garrett reported for National Journal: It…
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Obama’s Strategy: Stay in the Spotlight

Immediately following the midterm elections President Obama promised to “find ways to work together” with Congress, citing the need to “take care of business.” That theme carried through to earlier this week when Obama sat down with Republican leadership to clear the air and set the tone for the coming year. Speaking briefly with reporters,…
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Obama Won’t Work Across the Aisle, Did We Really Expect Him to Cross the Atlantic?

President Obama should have been in Paris. More than 1.5 million people, including more than 40 presidents and prime ministers, showed up to march in defiance of terror and to show unity in the face of fear. It was noticeable then that the purported leader of the free world could not take time to rally…
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Keystone XL: Good Policy Plagued by Bad Politics

The history of the Keystone XL pipeline is a sordid tale of politics at its worst. In 2011, President Obama delayed the decision until after the 2012 presidential elections, citing the fact that he was concerned about the route the pipeline took. TransCanada, who is constructing the pipeline, promptly worked to change the route. With…
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