Obama: Rule by Decree if Necessary
Español Yesterday, US President Barack Obama delivered his 2014 State of the Union address at the Capitol. He spoke mostly on the national economy and the need to generate jobs, but he also covered a wide range of topics: reforms in the health care system, immigration, citizens’ involvement, and even references to Al Qaeda.
The speech contained plenty of optimism regarding economic achievements: Obama affirmed that the unemployment rate is the lowest in five years, and the reported deficit has gone down. However, he asserted that US salaries have stagnated amid rising profits, and he proposed a raise to the minimum wage. He also asked Congress to extend unemployment insurance, pass immigration reform, and cease debating sanctions on Iran.
Obama also advocated bypassing Congress, rather than executing their will: “there are millions of Americans outside Washington who are tired of stale political arguments and are moving this country forward.” He suggested that, in order to stop wasting time discussing issues in the legislative chambers, “wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do.”