Did you catch it? I'd be curious to hear your impression.
My impressions of course are those of a progressive, a formerly
enthusiastic supporter of Obama, lately a disappointed, un-enthusiastic supporter.
The speech was GREAT! Rooseveltian! He described a serious,
comprehensive plan to rescue the nation from the current economic
crisis, a plan that made very good sense to me. Furthermore, he threw down the gauntlet to the Republicans, kind of daring them not to pass it. (my words, not his.) If the Republicans continue with their attitude of the past several months they will not pass his bill. The only thing that might get them to pass it, IMO, is fear, fear of serious disapproval by the voting public. This speech, and the public's reaction to it MIGHT have that effect. Only time will tell.
There is one serious flaw. Obama said everything would be paid for,
but to do that he is relying on congress to pass serious tax reform.
I don't believe they are capable of that, even if they wanted to.
But I'll bet that this speech increases his approval rating, and I'll
bet that a strong majority of the public would want the plan to be
For those who did not see the speech, it was unusual for Obama. For
example, he said about ten times throughout the speech: "You should
pass this bill, now!" It was a ballsy and challenging speech.
Tax the rich - build roads, bridges, railways, solar energy plants,
space vehicles, ...................