Obama unveils $3.83T budget with massive deficits – AP

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama sent Congress a $3.83 trillion budget on Monday that would pour more money into the fight against high unemployment, boost taxes on the wealthy and freeze spending for a wide swath of government programs. The deficit for this year would surge to a record-breaking $1.56 trillion, topping last year’s then […]

The State of the Union: a Hollow Speech

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The era of big speeches is over.

Peggy Noonan: The Obama Contradiction – WSJ.com

When you watch a president give a State of the Union Address on television, you’re always watching three people: the president at the podium, and the vice president and House speaker on the rise behind him. As a TV shot it’s awkward. The vice president and the speaker have been instructed by media professionals not […]

Obama’s Destructive Course

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A disappointing speech from a disappointing president.

State of the Union: “Woe to the People Whose Leader Has No Teacher”

Historically, State of the Union speeches leave no trace. Their impact on presidential approval ratings is nil. Their utility, therefore, is in what they reflect about the presidential character and the presidential course. Last night President Obama gave a speech that was at times quite eloquent, and on occasion rhetorically empty. But at all times […]

Obama Defiant

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Unchastened and unbowed, the president doubles down on the Democrats’ agenda.

The Spender-in-Chief’s Fiscal Freeze Follies

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There are more loopholes in Obama’s proposed “spending freeze” than in an Olympic volleyball net.

Anger all around for Democratic leaders – POLITICO.com

President Barack Obama, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will be all smiles as the president arrives at the Capitol for his State of the Union speech Wednesday night, but the happy faces can’t hide relationships that are fraying and fraught. The anger is most palpable in the House, where Pelosi […]

Paul D. Ryan: A GOP Road Map for America’s Future – WSJ.com

In tonight’s State of the Union address, President Obama will declare a new found commitment to “fiscal responsibility” to cover the huge spending and debt he and congressional Democrats have run up in his first year in office. But next Monday, when he submits his actual budget, I fear it will rely on gimmickry, commissions, […]

After Brown victory, Obama struggles to control message – AP

With the president’s State of the Union address coming up on Wednesday, the White House appears to be struggling to find its feet. Republican Scott Brown’s surprise victory in liberal Massachusetts has dominated the national conversation in the last week and made Obama’s goal of signing health care reform impossible before the big speech. Now, […]