President Obama tried to set the national conversation for the 2016 elections, outlining in his State of the Union address a host of expensive new social programs that are doomed in the GOP Congress. The speech, which included a proposal to increase taxes on the most wealthy and a host of new welfare programs for the middle class, was scripted to bait the Republicans into crying “class warfare” and backing the GOP into a campaign of defending the rich.
President Obama's State of the Union speech this year is all about politics and precious little about economics, though Obama will say that he is taxing the rich to aid the middle class.
U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), a leading contender for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination, would be “happy to dissolve” the United Nations, the senator told gun-rights activists at a recent gathering in New Hampshire. Widely ridiculed in the United States as the “dictators club,” the controversial global body has become especially unpopular with American gun owners outraged about the UN’s accelerating attacks on the God-given rights enshrined U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment. The message was apparently popular in New Hampshire.
John Boehner retaliates against congressmen who opposed him as speaker of the House, stripping them of committee responsibilities.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) told members of the press in a pre-Christmas interview that he doesn’t want the American people to think the possibility of electing a Republican president in 2016 — on top of a Republican-controlled Congress — is scary.