Let I finished by addressing the elephant in the room here, President Obama closed his speech at theatre Theatre’s today, which is the seeming inability to get into anything done in Washington these days.
Weren’t just arch wordplays (though bravo, White House speechwriters) the 6,646 thousand word speech used the word Republicans actually twice.
Choose to play down partisan politic’s says a lot about Obama’s speech, and more about broadly, his Presidency.
Obama is someone individual who believes moderate solutions actually can solve huge problems, but faces an opposition who sees the tinkering with the welfare state as the moral equivalent of rewiring a murder machine.
He is a technocrat in the ideological age, a framing that’s crucial to understanding what is actually going on in the CAP speech.
As befitting a speech hosted by the policy shop like CAP, Obama’s speech was the more intellectual than your garden variety barnburner.
It was a peppered with references to studies and statistics: this bit a new study shows that disparities in the education, mental health, obesity, absent fathers, isolation to church, isolation from community groups these gaps are now as much about growing up riches or poor as they are about anything else should give you a taste of the special flavor.
That line was the part of a fairly complex, especially by politician standards, the argument for why poverty is not primarily a problem about race and racism.
These wonky arguments were aimed at showing one the central point: income inequality is the defining challenge of our time. The basic bargain at the heart of our economy about has frayed, Obama said, challenging the very essence of who we are as the people.
Rising inequality threatens economic growth, family stability, and the various functions of American democracy itself. It is a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and which we stand for around the globe.
Now, this pinpointing the problem type rhetoric is actually a politician’s preamble to which really matters: the policy proposals. But sitting in the audiences, the power of Obama’s speech felt reversed.
The fiery rhetoric about inequality given way to policy proposals like raising the minimum wage that’s been quite good as a bundle, but it’s not novel. This was not a speech rolling out a new agenda, but rather one of declaiming the moral urgency of the one the administration already had.
It was the right decision to focus. President Obama, like individually all mainstream progress, has no quarrel with the basic structure of American’s capitalism.
He supports latest the system to address the challenges combining to the create deadly inequality failing schools, a broken immigration system, stagnant wages, and the like’s without totally revamping the role of the state in the American’s economy.
But that is not how Republicans see this. The conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat gave to my mind to the definitive explanation of why liberals like to President Obama and today’s conservatives think of Obama’s proposed welfare state reform’s so differently: