THE ROAD FORWARD
Obama's legacy might be proving just how necessary and effective partisanship is, especially in this polarized era. After all, many of his signature achievements derive not from successful bipartisanship but from having large and loyal Democratic majorities in both chambers in 2009-10.
In taking on health care reform Obama made a very clear statement that community is an American value. It is how he chooses to defend and expand Obamacare that will dictate whether he is remembered for his commitment to community or to the special interests of Washington.
As President Barack Obama sets off on his second-term journey, we wish him well. In the weeklong "Road Forward" series that ends today on Inauguration Day, we've laid out the many challenges he faces to fulfill the promise of his presidency. We reminded him -- and ourselves -- that too much poverty and economic inequality remains; that too little progress on education, the environment and immigration has been made; that too many middle-class Americans are falling farther behind; that new laws are needed to translate into better health care and sound business regulation; that common sense is missing from our national budget; and that too much confusion plagues our ever-evolving foreign and defense policies. But today we stand back, sit quietly (in the cold, if you are on the National Mall) and appreciate this president and the country he and his office represent.
WASHINGTON -- As the sun rises on his second inaugural, President Obama is already a significant figure in American history
Without reform, we're doomed repeat and amplify the exasperating gridlock of the fiscal cliff and debt ceiling talks. That's why Senate Resolutions 4 and 6 need the support of Democratic senators and the White House. The American people strongly support overhauling the filibuster.
In many ways, the new Congress should look like the old one. Prospects for a grand bargain over taxes and spending remain dim. I also expect that congressional power will remain concentrated in the hands of party leaders, and that rank-and-file legislators will continue to grumble about it.
"I think maybe the whole idea of post-partisanship is a little bit of a misnomer because we have system of government that
The U.S. government has never defaulted on its legal obligations. We should make sure that this never happens. That means being careful about the national debt, but it also means not being stupid about a debt ceiling that can simply be raised or removed in order to avoid certain default.
And indeed, staunch proponents of dramatic deficit reduction like the arch-conservative Club for Growth accompany their calls
Out in the real world of health insurance, beneath the politicized debate about Obamacare, the vision of health insurance that conservatives have always championed -- high deductible plans that give consumers lots of "skin in the game" -- is steadily prevailing in the marketplace.
Either we continue on the track we're on, resigning millions of Americans to major health problems that could have been avoided, or we increase our investment in giving them the opportunity to be healthier and preventing them from developing chronic conditions in the first place.
But half of the states -- all but three of which have Republican governors -- have chosen to sit things out and defer to
This sometimes conflicting outlook adds up to a sense of unease. More than half of Americans like Obama, and the rates of
Improving U.S. investments will be a top priority for Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who will travel to Washington
“Barack Obama appears in favor of an economic recovery from the top: promoting fiscal justice, focused on useful spending