What TRC wants to hear from President Obama in the SOTU
Tonight is the State of the Union Address, delivered by our President every year to remind us that our country is still trotting along, if perhaps not quite as smoothly as we would prefer. Since the President is likely still writing frantically to determine what it is he will say tonight, here are four suggestions.
- It is not my desire to increase the power of the Executive Branch. I understand that making executive decisions creates worries about constitutional overreach and concerns that I am hungry for more power. This is never my desire. But the United States needs to have action at this time. We have started down the road to economic recovery, and the Legislative Branch has made clear that they prefer economic stagnation for political gain rather than sound policies to encourage the economic progress we have made. I cannot allow that as President. I cannot allow a year of economic improvement to be halted due to intransigence. And thus, if Congress leaves no other options, I will do what I can to improve the lives of Americans. Even if it makes me a one-term President.
- This is an election year, and there is likely to be a great deal of election rhetoric. But I will not be boxed in by Congress. My administration is willing to look at any proposals that are brought forward, but we are not willing to be put in a corner and scolded; told what to do by a party unwilling to compromise. I have demonstrated this by rejecting a rushed, unnecessary deadline imposed on the Keystone XL pipeline. I hope that we can put election year politics aside and work on real issues. If we can’t, so be it, but do not expect a punching bag.
- We need a fairer tax code in this country. We have injustice written into our tax code, we have favored the rich for long enough, and we must find a way to bring about a system that does not put unnecessary pressure on the middle and lower classes. Pretending that we do not have a rigid class structure in this system ignores reality. Pretending that everyone can move up the scale just by force of will helps no one. It is time to look at the real difficulties facing our nation, to address the reality as it presents itself, and find balance in an unbalanced, deeply confusing, rich-favoring tax system.
- And fnially, to the goalie of the Boston Bruins. I do no mind that you snubbed me by choosing not to attend the White House with the rest of your teammates. Among the best characteristics about our country is that you can express your values without reprieve, without condemnation. Unfortunately for you, no one else cares either, because you are a hockey player. Your cultural relevance is just below professional bloggers. (also, your phones have been wired).