President Obama is set to deliver the first State of the Union address of his second term Tuesday. According to the Associated Press Obama’s speech will include a revival of his populist re-election message on the economy, more tax increases and fewer spending cuts; and the Washington Post reports the president is considering a series of new executive actions aimed at working around congress. The new policies include allowing homowners to refinance their mortages, provide new protections for gays and lesbians, retrofitting buildings for energy efficiency, toughening regulations for coal powered plants, and cybersecurity.
The speech comes after over a year of campaigning where critics accused the president of riling up class warfare, and an Inauguration address that took a hard left on domestic issues while offering few olive branches to the GOP.
With indications now that the State of the Union will include an agenda to support divisive issues by avoiding any compromise in Congress, are we on pace for an even more gridlocked and politically dysfunctional second Obama term? On ‘Real News’ Monday the panel previewed what we expect in the president’s speech, and debated what implications Obama’s approach to the separation of powers will have on American politics moving forward: