State of the Union 2015

President Barack Obama Addresses 114th Congress, 1st Session

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

But tonight, we turn the page.

Tonight, after a breakthrough year for America, our economy is growing and creating jobs at the fastest pace since 1999. Our unemployment rate is now lower than it was before the financial crisis. More of our kids are graduating than ever before; more of our people are insured than ever before; we are as free from the grip of foreign oil as we’ve been in almost 30 years.

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Responses to Obama’s State of the Union address

GOP Response

Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), January 20, 2015

Conservative Response

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas), January 20, 2015

Tea Party Response

Congressman Curt Clawson (R-Florida 19), January 20, 2015

Libertarian Response

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky), January 20, 2015

Media Commentary and Assessments

Townhall

Obama Wants the Death Tax Increased to 60 Percent, More Taxes on College Savings

By Katie Pavlich, January 19, 2015

As the old saying goes, there are two things that are certain in life, death and taxes. Tomorrow night during his 2015 State of the Union speech, President Obama will announce that people paying taxes their entire lives just isn’t good enough. The President wants the current 40 percent death tax rate increased to 60 percent.

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The Washington Times

By Jennifer Harper, January 19, 2015

There’s more than one rebuttal to President Obama’s State of the Union on Tuesday. A cheerful and authentic Sen. Joni Ernst did the heavy lifting on behalf of the Republican Party.

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The Wall Street Journal

Obama Reignites Tax Fight

By Carol E. Lee, John D. McKinnon and Kristina Peterson, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama’s plan for billions of dollars in tax increases and higher government spending, to be outlined in Tuesday’s State of the Union address, is reigniting familiar partisan debates about overhauling the tax code and how to best aid the middle class.

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The Washington Times

Obama plan will transfer wealth to poor

By Stephen Dinan, January 20, 2015

President Obama has been in office exactly six years, and the wealthiest have never had it so good — and even the 2013 tax increase hasn’t been able to dampen their climb.

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The Washington Times

The unvarnished state of the union: Obama’s tax-and-spend agenda continues to hold back real recovery

By Donald Lambro, January 20, 2015

No matter what President Obama said about the state of our union Tuesday night, the economy’s prognosis is not good.

Who says so? A hefty majority of the American people in a new Washington Post-ABC News poll that sought their opinion about its health. Roughly six in 10 said it was “not so good” or “poor.”

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The Wall Street Journal

President Touts Foreign-Policy Approach

By Felicia Schwartz, January 20, 2015

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama said Tuesday that his approach to foreign policy was “making a difference,” wading into new rounds of disputes with lawmakers by saying his strategy has paid dividends while countering the advances of extremists in Iraq and Syria.

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Reason.com

Obama SOTU: We’ve “Turned the Page” But What We Need Is A Brand New Book

By Nick Gillespie, January 21, 2015

“Tonight, we turn the page,” announced Barack Obama in Tuesday’s State of the Union Address (SOTU). That cliched figure of speech might have made Vox’s Ezra Klein melt like a ‘tweener at a One Direction concert, but that’s about it.

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The Washington Times

GOP: Obama’s speech struck the wrong tone

By S.A. Miller and Stephen Dinan, January 21, 2015

Now in control of both chambers of Congress, Republicans said President Obama’s combative State of the Union address Tuesday night struck all the wrong notes, saying their election victories last year gave them a mandate to veer from his course — but they haven’t given up finding bipartisan bills to challenge his veto pen.

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Townhall

Why Didn’t Obama Address Radical Islam During SOTU?

By Todd Starnes, January 21, 2015

Townhall columnist Todd Starnes discusses how Obama’s silence on radical Islam could be a threat to the United States.

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Oil & Gas Journal

SOTU: Obama barely mentions energy, emphasizes climate change

By Nick Snow, January 21, 2015

US President Barack Obama briefly mentioned energy in his 2015 State of the Union address as he outlined economic improvements since the 2008-09 recession. He devoted more time to calling for meaningful steps to address global climate change as he listed challenges the country faces.

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Dick Morris TV

Why Obama Gave the Speech, January 21, 2015

In this video commentary, I discuss why Obama gave a defiant and confrontational State of the Union address last night. Tune in!

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The Washington Times

Meet the New Obama, Same as the Old Obama

By Monica Crowley, January 21, 2015

To paraphrase The Who, the self-proclaimed new, “fired up” boss looks a lot like the old boss.

It’s often said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. President Obama keeps giving us the same thing — the same policies, rhetoric and tone — over and over again.

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Oil & Gas Journal

Treasury’s Lew lists oil, gas producers as prime tax-reform target, January 22, 2015

By Nick Snow, January 22, 2015

US Sec. of the Treasury Jack Lew signaled the Obama administration’s fresh intention to seek repeal of federal tax provisions US oil and gas producers consider essential to their businesses as part of its comprehensive business tax-reform plan. President Barack Obama wants to reform business taxes to help fuel economic growth; encourage businesses to create good, high-paying US jobs; and expand opportunities so the nation’s economic gains build a strong middle class, Lew said in a Jan. 21 address at the Brookings Institution.

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Dick Morris TV

Why Obama’s Speech Won’t Work, January 22, 2015

In this video commentary, I discuss how more people will pay NO taxes under Obama’s new plan. Tune in!

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SFPPR News & Analysis

Obama’s Tax Hikes Threaten Middle Class Family Advancement

By William R. Hawkins, January 26, 2015

In the days and weeks leading up to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union (SOTU) address on January 20, the administration sent to the media a list of tax increases that the president planned to propose in support of his desire to redistribute wealth from the “rich” to the middle class.

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SFPPR News & Analysis

Obama’s “Free” Community Colleges Power Grab: Imposing Common Core on Higher Education?

By Mary Grabar, January 28, 2015

Quite obviously, the plan is a political move, one more attempt to gain Democratic voters through “free” programs. It is also a power grab, a way to get the public used to the idea of another federal program to which states answer, and as a way to further impose Common Core on college. If someone wanted to make all college courses Common Core-compliant he would start at the introductory and community college level, where the most “help” is needed. It is in the most vulnerable populations that the federal government, through the Department of Education, works its way.

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The Washington Times

When Politics Defy Reality: The Real State of The Union Features Dishonesty and Deception

By Ben S. Carson, January 28, 2015

His claim that we are winning the war on terror, even though he failed to mention the name of the radical Islamists who are behind the terror, was almost laughable in light of their rapid growth.

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The Washington Times

Impose SOTU rules now

Letter to the Editor by John S. Mason Jr., January 30, 2015
Alexandria, Virginia

Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution requires the president to inform Congress on the state of the union. But it does not specify how or even when. To correct this omission, Congress should pass a bill laying out speech requirements with enabling legislation.

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