Obama’s forgotten agenda
Two months ago this week, an emboldened President Obama laid out an ambitious agenda for a second term in his State of the Union address. Congress and the media have been consumed by important debates over a small array of those issues like gun control, immigration reform and the budget (which he'll unveil today). But other items critical to the progressive agenda of his second term -- especially raising the minimum wage and addressing climate change -- have largely fallen out of view.
And while it's still just a few months in, a look at these important but overshadowed goals, as he outlines his budget, does not suggest much progress -- or urgency.
“I urge this Congress to get together, pursue a bipartisan, market-based solution to climate change, like the one John McCain and Joe Lieberman worked on together a few years ago,” Obama thundered in the February speech, in an aggressive plea to address the crisis. “But if Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will. I will direct my Cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future.”