- Andew Sullivan on The President's Resolve In the Times of London, Sullivan reflects on Obama's State of the Union address: "Those who
think this presidency is over are missing something. It is not just about
Obama. It is about America at this particular moment in time. There’s a
reason he was elected; and I have a feeling he reminded people of it last
week. For all their legitimate anxiety, anger and bolshiness, my bet is they
will not forget who is the only one acknowledging the depth of the crisis
and proposing a way forward"
- Maureen Dowd on the President's Q and A with Republicans In the New York Times, Dowd writes:
In the end, the Republicans may well go back to being inflexibly
inflexible with this president, but for a moment in time, each side
realized that the other side had something to say. It was, as The
Times’s reporters Peter Baker and Carl Hulse called it, a televised
marriage-therapy session “as each side vented grievances pent up after
a year of partisan gridlock.”
- Fred Barnes on the President's Outlook The Weekly Standard executive editor says Obama must shift right to save himself: "President Obama’s greatest need is to escape the ideological grip of
congressional Democrats and the liberal base of the Democratic party
(they’re one and the same). But he either doesn’t recognize this or, as
a conventional liberal himself, isn’t so inclined."
- Norman Ornstein On Congress In the Washington Post, Ornstein
says the legislature has done much more than Americans give it credit.
He cites the federal stimulus and enumerates the various measures in
Any Congress that passed all these items separately would be considered
enormously productive. Instead, this Congress did it in one bill.
Lawmakers then added to their record by expanding children's health insurance and providing stiff oversight of the TARP funds allocated by the previous Congress. Other accomplishments included a law to allow the FDA to regulate tobacco, the largest land conservation law in nearly two decades, a credit card holders' bill of rights and defense procurement reform.
- Paul Volcker on Reforming Wall Street In the New York Times, the former Fed Chair argues for separating big banks
from their risky speculative investment operations: "We need to face up
to needed structural changes, and place
them into law. To do less will simply mean ultimate failure—failure to
accept responsibility for learning from the lessons of the past and
anticipating the needs of the future."
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