The budget submitted by the President on February 2 reflects the progress we’ve made as a country – emerging from a difficult recession with cautious optimism and a growing economy – but it also underscores the considerable work left to do to prepare for a brighter future.
This month marks the fifth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s deeply misguided Citizens Uniteddecision, which unleashed a tidal wave of outside money in our elections, with no end in sight. Each successive election since 2010 has seen an increase in the amount of money spent by candidates, parties, outside groups and individuals.
With all of the GOP Presidential gossip at last weekend’s Freedom Partners political retreat, it would have been easy to overlook the real news: the Koch brothers made a remarkable pledge to spend $889 million supporting Republican candidates in 2016.
That is a staggering, unprecedented sum that requires some context.
The State of the Union address is as old as our Constitution, and it is still an important means of interaction between the President and Congress, especially in times of divided leadership.
The new Republican leadership in Congress has indicated that new, punitive measures against Iran might be among its first orders of business, even though diplomatic talks with our international alliance are entering a promising new stage.