Tonight, President Obama will try to kick-start his legislative priorities for his second term in his State of the Union address to Congress. Much is being made, as is the case every year, of what the president is likely to say. Most of the guesses so far have him focused on the economy, while also mentioning gun control, immigration reform and climate change. There are bound to be a surprise or two, and I’ll have it covered for you here tomorrow morning.
Much less effort is given to predicting what the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio will be — or, for that matter, the “tea party response” from Sen. Rand Paul. But Ira Stoll has taken a crack at writing what he thinks Rubio ought to say, and I think it’s rather clever on his part.
Because “our nation’s challenges are too great” for partisanship, Stoll advises Rubio to say, “first thing tomorrow, I will introduce legislation in the Senate called the Barack Obama Campaign Promise Implementation Act of 2013.”
That legislation and its companion bill in the House, in Stoll’s imagination, would include five specific proposals covering corporate and individual tax reform, energy, immigration, and policy toward Iran. All five, he writes, have GOP support and “one thing in common — they’ve all been endorsed already by President Obama.”
I’ll let you read Stoll’s suggestions for yourself, but I’d add a couple of other promises the GOP could insist that Obama fulfill. One is support for more charter schools across the nation. Another is that, “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it” even under Obamacare — a notion the Congressional Budget Office finds increasingly unlikely for millions of Americans.
– By Kyle Wingfield