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From youtube.com/watch?v=cse5cCGuHmE: President Barack Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address, at the United States Capitol, January 20, 2015.
President Barack Obama delivers his sixth State of the Union address, at the United States Capitol, January 20, 2015.
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President Obama kicked off what he refers to as "the fourth quarter" of his presidency with a State of the Union address that detailed a pragmatic progressive agenda with the potential to influence much of this year's DC wrangling and all of next year's presidential race. In so doing, Obama rejected the "lame-duck" status his Republican rivals were desperately hoping he would accept. The president's rhetoric was often bolder than his specific proposals; and this was certainly not the "very European" manifesto that New York Times columnist David Brooks imagined in his post-speech assessment for PBS.

Yet there is good reason to cheer any address that recognizes, however cautiously, that a serious effort to address income inequality must redistribute some of the wealth that has been locked up by the billionaire class and their banks. At the very least, with proposals to hike capital gains taxes and close loopholes in order to fund tax breaks for working families and provide free access to community colleges, Obama has offered up an appealing alternative to the relentless austerity agenda of Republican stalwarts such as House Ways and Means Committee chairman Paul Ryan.

Unfortunately, Obama's playing this fourth quarter against the most conservative Congress of his presidency. If there was any question of the difficulty the president will face in advancing proposals for taxing the rich, regulating too-big banks, funding free community-college education and making real the democratic promise of the Internet, leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate confirmed their rigidity by handing State of the Union "response" duties off to Iowa Senator Joni Ernst.

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