The State of the Union Is Timid

Obama's speech is billed as a bold plan for the middle class. What it really shows is the narrow range of mainstream policy ideas.

Is this all we've got?

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You could look at President Barack Obama's proposals in tonight's State of the Union speech as a bold set of prescriptions for a new Democratic agenda. Here's another interpretation: Those prescriptions mostly demonstrate the timidity of the ideas that Democrats are willing to offer.

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