Obama To Tell Congress Lifting Cuba Embargo Is The Right Thing To Do – Yahoo News

I don’t believe it will. It takes some time. But I believe when we start testing this issue. In the Senate for example, with votes we are going to find members coming forward on both sides. There was a time not that many years ago when 60-plus members of the Senate, in both political parties, said let’s expand agricultural trade with Cuba. Even in the depths of the embargo and blockade.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-tell-congress-lifting-cuba-embargo-thing-191329684.html

Obama’s ‘real’ SOTU goal: Embarrass the Republicans – Yahoo News

Republicans will argue raising taxes now would slow economic growth at a time the U.S. economy is just getting its footing. Related: How Obama lost the middle class I think the White House is going to try to embarrass the Republicans and try to make them look as if they defend the very wealthy,” says Valliere. “Its purely politics. Purely politics? That’s expected. But is it good politics?
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/-state-of-the-union–2016-campaign-starts-now-161616245.html

Obama’s speech strategy: Put GOP on the back foot on taxes

Getty Images Read More Calculating the long odds for Chris Christie Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee who is looking at a 2016 bid, attempted to shift to a populist tone in remarks to Republicans in San Diego on Friday. But his efforts drew mostly mockery on social media from Democrats and Republicans who remember Romney’s comments deriding the “47 percent” of Americans who rely on government largesse rather than contribute to economic growth. Romney, a private equity multimillionaire, is not the ideal vessel for a populist message of economic inclusion. Meanwhile, Obama in his speech will be attempting to gain the high ground in an effort to address the biggest economic failing on his watch, the fact that median household incomes actually fell close to 4 percent to $51,939 in 2013 compared to when Obama took office http://www.obamastudentloanforgiveness.net in 2009, according to census data. The numbers for the lowest earners are even worse. Much of this is the result of larger economic trendsand fallout from the recessionthat are beyond Obama’s control.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102350999

Obama heads into State of the Union on ratings uptick – CNN.com

That means proposing new tax breaks for married couples where each partner works, increasing the child care tax credit and offering two years of community college free to qualified applicants. The White House says those kinds of moves will help bolster middle-class Americans who aren’t yet feeling the economic recovery, despite plenty of data indicating the country moving further away from the recession. But even as Obama finds himself more popular than he has been in months, his agenda appears to be facing its toughest challenge yet with Republicans in control of both chambers of Congress. GOP leaders have already dismissed the White House tax plan as an unserious bid at tax reform, an issue both sides say they want to tackle in the final two years of Obama’s presidency. The President’s aides say they still expect to make progress. “The State of the Union is an opportunity for the President to lay out his vision, to put forward his proposals.
Source: http://www.cnn.com/2015/01/19/politics/obama-popular-state-of-the-union/index.html

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Obama aide: Our ‘strong logic’ for rich tax hikes

The annual speech, the most important in the US political calendar, comes two years to the day of his scheduled departure from the White House in 2017, and the American president does not have an easy road ahead of him. Tuesday will mark the first time since his election in 2008 that Obama will address a Congress whose two houses are entirely controlled by his Republican adversaries. “Im not going to spend the next two years on defense; Im going to play offense,” a defiant Obama told Senate Democrats, according to comments reported by the website Politico. His credo: It’s time for Americans to benefit from the country’s economic growth after years of decline. Unemployment has fallen below six percent, the lowest numbers in over a decade.
Source: http://news.yahoo.com/obama-faces-republican-held-congress-state-union-064909657.html

Obama faces Republican-held Congress for State of the Union – Yahoo News

It was never was implemented but often praised on both sides of the aisle. “The bank tax, [Republican] former Ways and Means chairman Dave Camp, he proposed a very similar tax on banks,” Furman said. “These all have a strong economic logic to them.” Read More Americans shake off economic pessimism: NBC/WSJ poll Furman also pointed to past doomsday scenarios in making his case for these new actions. “The tax deal at the end of 2012, we increased tax rates on capital gains and dividends. Some people predicted it would be the end of the world.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/102350604

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