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Obama 4-Year Plan: Tax & Spend
- hhanks, CNN iReport producer
Tonight President Barack Obama fulfilled his constitutional duty to address the joint chambers of Congress with an appraisal of the State of the Union. The President also laid out his plan for action over the next four years. The President pressed more forcefully than ever for the continued warfare between the haves and have-nots and the eventual redistribution of wealth. In short, the President laid out a plan of tax and spend.
Much of what the President had to say, we have heard before. The President did announce the withdrawal of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan over the next year. The President did call for a raise in the minimum wage to $9 per hour and a call to tie that wage to the cost of living index.
Republicans who had thought by giving the President a tax increase on the most wealthy Americans as part of the short-term deal to avert the fiscal cliff found their thinking was wrong. The President called for more and more taxes on those who are successful in the country and those who drive the wheels of corporate and small business America. The President made plain that he will not be happy until the tax rates are increased on the "rich" and the wealth redistributed to shore up the middle class.
Democrats who cheered at the pragmatic defense and call to rally around liberalism during the inaugural address a few weeks ago were buoyed to hear the President double down on pursuing that left of center agenda. Democrats saw a President unwilling to back down and compromise with Republicans. Democrats finally saw what they hope is a backbone after whining that the President had caved in too much in the last term of office to Republicans.
The President offered no plan to compromise or a way for Republicans to meet the President part way on his agenda for the next four years. The President instead more or less threw down the gauntlet as he has time and time again to reach over the heads of Congress to call on the middle class to rise up and force Representatives and Senators to do the President's bidding.
What was evident is that the President feels he has all the cards and can get what he wants this time around. The President was confident that he had the political capital to ensure the next four years will see more taxes on the "rich" and more spending by government and advancement of liberal policies.
The President did hit some universal themes that Republicans can and should get behind. Immigration reform is one of those areas. Tax code reform is another area that Republicans can and should work with the President. Education, though I believe is a local issue, is another which should be doable.
From the Cornfield, I wish the President well, but I think he is reaching too far and trying to press too hard for an agenda which will not succeed. This seems to be a curse that most Presidents have found themselves in a second term.