White House Releases State of the Union Video With Visual Aids

Jan 25, 2012, 1:36 pm EST

If you watched the State of the Union address last night on television, you might not have gotten the whole picture. Those watching the SOTU address online at whitehouse.gov/sotu had access to an enhanced broadcast that included images and figures on the right-hand side of the screen that corresponded with President Barack Obama’s speech.

Fortunately for those of us who may have missed out on the enhanced broadcast, the White House has released the enhanced version of the speech on YouTube. A link to this video is shown below. For the unabridged, unedited transcript of the president’s SOTU address, check out this link.

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5 Policies to Watch For From State of the Union Address

Jan 25, 2012, 1:04 pm EST
5 Policies to Watch For From State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address may have been lacking in big ideas, but there was no shortage of policy proposals in the president’s annual speech. Washington Post writer Ezra Klein points out five of these policies we should be looking out for in 2012 and beyond.

1. The Buffett Tax

It wasn’t by coincidence that Warren Buffett’s secretary was a member of the audience for the SOTU address. Buffett has famously said that it is unfair that his secretary pays a higher percentage tax rate than he does. In effect, Obama proposed making the effective tax rate for millionaires at least 30%, by wiping out non-charitable tax breaks and deductions. This was one of the few points that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels agreed with when giving the Republican rebuttal, saying we should “stop sending the wealthy benefits they do not need, and stop providing them so many tax preferences that distort our economy.” Read 

Federal Reserve to Keep Interest Rates at Zero – Full Statement

Jan 25, 2012, 12:40 pm EST
Federal Reserve to Keep Interest Rates at Zero – Full Statement

On Wednesday, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke the Federal Reserve’s interest-rate-setting committee reinforced its previous statements that interest rates will be kept low for the foreseeable future. Here’s the full text of the Fed release regarding the Federal Open Market Committee meeting:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December suggests that the economy has been expanding moderately, notwithstanding some slowing in global growth. While indicators point to some further improvement in overall labor market conditions, the unemployment rate remains elevated. Household spending has continued to advance, but growth in business fixed investment has slowed, and the housing sector remains depressed. Inflation has been subdued in recent months, and longer-term inflation expectations have remained stable. Read 

5 Facts You Might Not Know About Gingrich

Jan 25, 2012, 9:38 am EST
5 Facts You Might Not Know About Gingrich

You may best remember Newt Gingrich as the former House Speaker from 1995-1999, but there’s probably a lot about the GOP presidential candidate you might not know. For instance, why is he called Newt? Well, The Fiscal Times has you covered, in an article discussing some facts about the current GOP frontrunner you might not know.

1. Before being elected to Congress, he was a professor

Specifically, he taught history and environmental studies at West Georgia College for eight years. His educational background, not surprisingly, is in history. He has a bachelor’s in history from Emory University, and earned his master’s and doctorate from Tulane. Read 

Obama Misses Opportunities in State of the Union Address

Jan 25, 2012, 12:16 am EST
Obama Misses Opportunities in State of the Union Address

President Barack Obama’s third State of the Union address was disappointing, and not even a particularly good campaign speech. While he did provide the left with a nice list of small policy proposals, such as special tax rates for manufacturing, green energy and millionaires, he did not seize the moment to suggest any really big, new ideas.

One of the biggest differences between this year’s SOTU speech and last year’s was the rise in inequality as a major problem in this country. Sure, the Occupy Wall Street movement made headlines and provided great visuals, but more important, those protesters also gave oxygen to the idea that extreme inequalities of wealth are actually a problem for our democracy and for social mobility generally (a.k.a. the American Dream).

While Obama seemed as though he was going to use the speech to address inequality, he was vague at best and small at worst. The only thing he said about individual tax reform was a rehash of the millionaire’s tax idea: somehow ensuring an alternative minimum tax for people that make over $1 million annually and allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire for those households that make over $250,000. Read 

Republican Governor of Indiana Counters State of the Union

Jan 24, 2012, 11:05 pm EST
Republican Governor of Indiana Counters State of the Union

The following is a transcript of prepared remarks delivered by Mitch Daniels, the governor of Indiana, in response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on Tuesday, January 25, 2012.

A full transcript of the State of the Union address by President Obama can be found here.

Below follows an advance copy of Gov. Mitch Daniels’ rebuttal. It is a complete transcript but was released in advance via Republican leadership, so may differ slightly from the live broadcast delivered Tuesday night: Read 

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