Who says there’s no common ground in Washington anymore?

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

212 comments Add your comment

Michael

February 12th, 2013
9:57 am

Ted Nugent is going to steal the show Kyle, and with it, Rubio’s thunder

JF McNamara

February 12th, 2013
10:01 am

Why do the Tea Partyers get a response? Are they Republican or not? They either need to form their own party or get on the train with the rest of the team. I’ll never understand why the Republicans have not cut them off yet. Take away their money or make them do what you say.

Road Scholar

February 12th, 2013
10:11 am

“Much less effort is given to predicting what the Republican response…”

“No!”

Succinct. To the point. And accurate!

There Kyle, that wasn’t even painful!

Road Scholar

February 12th, 2013
10:12 am

I thought that Ted Nugent would be on a plane with Sen. McCain on there way to N Korea?

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:14 am

JF

Yeah, cut off half your base, gimme a break.

Going to read Stoll’s suggestions. I hope one of them is reduce the deficit in half by the end of his first term. That means this year we cut about 500B from next years budget.

Mary Elizabeth

February 12th, 2013
10:14 am

From the NPR article linked in the “more charter schools” phrase, set in blue ink, provided in the article, above:

” ‘We know now that charter schools for disadvantaged children don’t perform any better on average than regular public schools … in fact, they perform slightly worse on average,’ Rothstein says.

That’s just one reason many people in Obama’s party have been critical. Liberal Democrats and teachers unions, after all, view charters and school choice as the privatization of public education and a huge distraction from the problem of concentrated poverty that makes it so hard for teachers to teach and kids to learn.

If we want to improve the education of disadvantaged children, Rothstein says, we’ve got to get them to a school in good health and with the experience of high-quality early-childhood programs where they get the kinds of literacy experiences that middle-class children receive.

‘Moving them around from one school to another in the ghetto is not going to make a difference,’ he says.”

yuzeyurbrane

February 12th, 2013
10:18 am

Any proposals that are made in good faith to solve real problems should be welcomed for discussion.

the red herring

February 12th, 2013
10:20 am

the tea party deserves it’s say. they are people who believe in less government and less taxes. it’s as simple as that and simple usually is what works. Actually the rise of the tea party is the reason the republicans at least control the House—without them they wouldn’t have any say so over what obama tries to ram down our throats. Rubio himself was elected due to tea party support. Hopefully people will stay tuned to listen to both rubio and paul as they will be more likely to be truthful.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 12th, 2013
10:21 am

Which campaign promises are we talking about? He was campaigning yesterday, hell, he’s been campaigning for 4 years and a month, with no time off for leadership. Time off for golf, though.

Be careful watch you wish for.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:21 am

Well Stoll had some good ideas, but they were far from complete. No mention of cutting the deficit in half, no mention of having the most transparent administration, no mention of working across the aisle on issues they agree on, no mention of reforming entitlements, and on and on with the campaign lies. He might have been a decent President had he lived up to his campaign promises, but as always with Barry it is only bait and switch.

JF McNamara

February 12th, 2013
10:25 am

@Rafe, you would not cut off half your base. You might lost 5% and you would pick up moderates who have been driven away. If they had so much power, how did you end up with Mitt Romney as a candidate? They aren’t anywhere near half your base. They are just the loud idiots in the corner.

In any event, they would crumble quickly and run right back to the Republicans only much more willing to listen to the sane members. All of their positions would be well against the majority and they wouldn’t have the sane members to tell everyone its just talk. The party wouldn’t last a year on its own.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:26 am

Mary Elizabeth

I thought we had pre K and K, how much early education is necessary? The folks that built this country did not attend pre K, but I realize times have changed, but this old spend more and more and more and continue to get worse results has got to change. Long passed time we tried new ideas in education.

Mary Elizabeth

February 12th, 2013
10:26 am

To solve the discrepancy in educational results for the underclasses compared with the middle and upper classes, focus upon and attack poverty and support pre-k programs – as President Obama is doing when he comes to Decatur on Thursday. See the AJC link, below, regarding the President’s upcoming visit:

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/obama-visit-puts-georgia-pre-k-in-spotlight/nWMPr/

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

February 12th, 2013
10:26 am

Will Ted and Gabby be sitting next to each other?

the red herring

February 12th, 2013
10:28 am

Ira Stoll left out the promise to reduce the deficit by half by the end of obama’s first term. So that promise should be added to make the list 5 promises/laws. Agree 100% that the promise of being able to keep your insurance if obamacare passed should be upheld as well. It will not as the money simply isn’t there.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

February 12th, 2013
10:29 am

The fact that the tea party has to give a separate response says it all about the current state of the GOP….fractured and divisive. Quite frankly they need to split themselves off into a 3rd party and give the GOP back to us RINOs.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:30 am

JF

So, you are an expert in Republican political structure now? Don’t think so. If the GOP establishment had their way, Charlie Crist, would be the Senator from FL and Ted Cruz would be back in TX looking for a job. Thank goodness for the Tea Party.

ME

I think also, that if you look at student scores in early elementary school, you will see that the poor and disadvantaged are close in scores to the rest of the population. They start falling behind in about the fifth or sixth grade, so how is more early education going to solve that?

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:33 am

EC Rino
Rubio, tea partier, is speaking for the GOP, not the Tea Party.

Mary Elizabeth

February 12th, 2013
10:35 am

Rafe, “the folks that built this country” may not have attended pre k programs themselves, but they did have slaves who were not even allowed to learn to read. Slaves were not emancipated – throughout the nation – until the 13th Amendment was ratified in late 1864, and the Jim Crow System of built-in poverty for, and poor educational access to, the progeny of those slaves did not end in Georgia until the early 1970s – only two generations ago. One must keep thoughts of historical progression in one’s mind as one tries to understand, realistically, the building of literacy for all in our nation.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

February 12th, 2013
10:36 am

And Rand Paul is speaking for the tea party. Separate response. Until the tea party is eradicated from the GOP I punched and will continue to punch straight Dem ticket.

Deep Cover

February 12th, 2013
10:39 am

Isn’t the larger problem the fact that we don’t know exactly what the GOP believes in? They believed in the individual mandate until the Dems adopted that position. They believed in a market based carbon program until the Dems believed in it.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 12th, 2013
10:39 am

“focus upon and attack poverty”

This country has spent trillions of dollars in an attempt to eradicate poverty since the 1960’s, and hasn’t moved the needle one bit.

Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results . . . .

Dusty

February 12th, 2013
10:41 am

Aww gee, another discussion of charter schools. And….. the president is going to tell us about “the state of the union”..Oh, yes!

I’m pretty sure we are all aware of the state of the union, the state of the debt, the state of the job situation, etc. and don’t need a bucket of sweet stuff poured over it.

Why subject Rubio to follow the main character of the show? He doesn’t have a chance. Democrats will still be clapping and throwing kisses for the evening. The TV analyzers will still be puffing with pride.over Obama. Rubio will have an uphill fight on a slilppery mountain.

The president is a perpetual provider of unfilled promises somethng his believers never notice. I won’t lose any time listening to his bag of goodies. I’ve already seen what they bring.. More debt! More unemployment! More government takeover of medical care! Always, more govenrment!

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 12th, 2013
10:41 am

“They believed in the individual mandate until the Dems adopted that position.’

No, they didn’t. Just because a couple of Republicans advocated it, doesn’t mean “the GOP” supported that position.

“They believed in a market based carbon program until the Dems believed in it.”

See above, Deep Cover.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 12th, 2013
10:44 am

“Until the tea party is eradicated from the GOP I punched and will continue to punch straight Dem ticket.”

Then you aren’t a RINO anymore, despite your moniker.

You’ve just been converted into a liberal.

Just Saying..

February 12th, 2013
10:46 am

Only ‘Pubs could decide to split their minority voice between two upstarts with zero accomplishments in office (other than Marco’s Fla GOP charge card).
Then split attention again with a rodeo clown in the gallery.

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

February 12th, 2013
10:46 am

I can live with that.

Buzz Belle

February 12th, 2013
10:47 am

Make sure all you “Ted” supporters re-read the reasons “Ted” himself said he dodged the draft.

http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/nugent.asp

then see if you can stil call him a “Patriot”

But go ahead and support him because he likes guns and you do to. That makes everything O.K. right?

I do think Kyle has an interesting read though and I will read it at lunch. It sounds from the surface the gest of this is to find the common ground which both parties can agree on, pass that legislation, and then tackle harder stuff. Which is what Obama has been advocating for a long time – good to see there are some on the other side of the aisle who has this similar thinking. Maybe, just maybe we will get somewhere now.

Just Saying..

February 12th, 2013
10:47 am

“You’ve just been converted into a liberal.”

The only Georgia label worse than sinner…

Steve

February 12th, 2013
10:48 am

“Nugent has also gone after President Obama with rhetoric that was violent enough to get the attention of the Secret Service. Try to imagine the political world’s reaction if a washed-up entertainer targeted a Republican president with violent rhetoric, and then a Democratic member of Congress invited him as a special guest to attend the State of the Union.

Of course, that’s not happening. On the contrary, Nugent was invited by a House Republican as a way to counteract Democratic lawmakers welcoming victims of gun violence to the Capitol.”

Rachel Maddow

East Cobb RINO, Inc (LLC)

February 12th, 2013
10:52 am

The dems are offering a prebuttal to the Rubio rebuttal. Will GOP & tea party offer a pre-prebuttal to the prebuttal? Or just a double up on the rebuttal to be followed by a post-buttal rebuttal? Wonder what is on comedy central tonight.

Mary Elizabeth

February 12th, 2013
10:53 am

Rafe, early childhood intervention helps to decrease the wide discrepancies which I have described, above, which now exist. In addition to that intervention, students should be taught on their precise, individual instructional levels – regardless of their grade levels – as they continue to advance through the curriculi of a 12 grade-level, lock-step, educational design. In other words, we must become more sophisticated in educational delivery for all students, according to students’ individual needs, regardless of their grade levels, in the grades post pre-k. However, we should not fail to fund pre-k programs because we are not, now, fully successful in addressing instsruction for all students in the later grades. The answer is to address instruction in the later grades more effectively, as well as to continue building the pre-k programs.

For more of my thoughts on how to accomplish this, please read the link below from my personal blog:

http://maryelizabethsings.wordpress.com/2013/01/19/educational-essay-9-my-thoughts-for-improving-public-education/

I am gone for the day, so that I cannot continue the discussion.

MarkV

February 12th, 2013
10:53 am

Why don’t we just wait and see what each of them will say, instead of useless speculation what they will or should say?

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:53 am

EC Rino -If you want to continue to try and deceive yourself into believing you are a conservative, Republican or a Rino go ahead, you are not fooling anyone but yourself. Anyone who is a true conservative may not like the GOP establishment, the TP, the speaker, the minority leader, Karl Rove, or whatever, but they always vote against people who are trying to move the country far to the left.

Steve

February 12th, 2013
10:55 am

This is your modern tea party:

“During his unsuccessful campaign to be reelected to Congress, outspoken former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh could never quite live down the label of “deadbeat dad” — and on Monday, the issue of his child support payments resurfaced yet again.

The Chicago Sun-Times reported late Monday afternoon that Walsh, a Tea Party Republican favorite who represented Illinois’ 8th District, filed a request on Feb. 1 in Cook County Circuit Court to drastically reduce his child support obligation due to his employment being “terminated through no voluntary act of his own.”"

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/02/12/joe-walsh-child-support-unemployed_n_2665240.html

Don't Tread

February 12th, 2013
10:56 am

The cornerstone of the Democrat party platform is limiting the freedoms of people they don’t like. (It’s no wonder CPUSA supports them.) Bait and switch, abuse of power, the constant coverups, “selective” enforcement, etc. are all just ways “the end justifies the means”.

Bigger government = less freedom.

Rafe Hollister preparing for an Obamanist America

February 12th, 2013
10:56 am

ME

I understand your poverty/slavery theory as relates to literacy. But, you didn’t explain how, the school system seems to have leveled the playing field in early childhood education, but tends to lose these children somewhere in their preteen/teen years. That seems to be more of a cultural problem to me, than a poor early childhood training problem.

Steve

February 12th, 2013
10:58 am

If bigger govt means less freedom, why are people in Canada and the Scandinavian countries more prosperous and happier than we are? hmmm?

Scooter

February 12th, 2013
11:01 am

But nurturing divisions based on envy, animosity and social justice have always been critical to The Obama’s success.

TBone

February 12th, 2013
11:02 am

Where’s my green job, Dagnabbit!

Steve

February 12th, 2013
11:04 am

Nurturing divisions? You mean like the Tea Party’s “take back the country” and refusal to compromise in Congress? What is wrong with you people that you are so hyper partisan and myopic that you can’t even see what’s happening right now?

JDW

February 12th, 2013
11:04 am

President Obama’s response to the suggested text of Mr Rubio’s speech.

Indeed our nation’s challenges are too great to allow partisan divisions to prevent us from working together to solve our nation’s problems. The American People understand this too. That is why I was easily reelected last November, the Democratic majority in the Senate was increased and the Republican majority in the House reduced. By the way congratulations on your outstanding job of gerrymandering those districts it really saved your bacon. You kept a 33 seat majority while attracting 2.7 million fewer votes than the Democrats. That is truly one of the best cases of election theft in history.

Now to the specifics.

Indeed lets lower the corporate income tax rate to 28% and eliminate the bloated tangle of deductions, credits and other tax giveaways that drive effect corporate income tax rate for Fortune 500 companies to 12.1%

As it relates to opening up new areas for drilling, by all means lets come up with a reasonable way. Back in 2010 the President suggested just that sort of thing and garnered no Republican support. Then the BP disaster occurred and exposed some of the risks. Now is the time to move forward with new drilling provided Republicans can support revised regulations that mitigate another BP disaster. Along those lines we need better execution from industry, why just last August we gave Shell the goahead to drill new wells off Alaska and they have tripped over their feet since…come on guys when you get the chance execute.

Now lets talk immigration… we welcome the new proposals put forward by some Republicans after 10+ years of dodging the issue. We stand ready willing and able to address such injustices as path to citizenship, more technical visas and encouraging new graduates to stay in the US. All you need to do is get the Tea Partiers in the House on a leash.

As it relates to Iran we have consistently said we will not countenance Iran getting a nuclear weapon. I must point out that the Republican penchant for grandstanding and blathering is not helping. I have proved that I can do the job (see OBL), the American people have elected me to do this job and I will do it. Might I suggest that you focus on issues that are in your charter.

With respect to “asking” Americans to pay their fair share I must fall back on the words of ole Ronnie Raygun…we trust them to do their part but must insist that we verify their compliance.

When you Republicans are ready back to the left of Goldwater and actually do some work we are ready to work with you. However, you need to get control of your party and deliver on the agreements reached by your leaders. Why by this time I am sure you have driven Boner nuts and he spends most of his day hiding out in his office.

Good night, and God bless America

Just Saying..

February 12th, 2013
11:04 am

Rafe, can you conceive “…but they always vote against people who are trying to move the country far to the left.”
that “far left” is chiefly from your position,
as opposed to the bell curve of American voters
as demonstrated in the past two presidential elections?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

February 12th, 2013
11:09 am

Steve – Ever wonder why Jow Walsh didn’t get elected? If he would have been a dummycrat, he’d probably be in the running for 2016 presidential by now.

Deep Cover

February 12th, 2013
11:13 am

Tiberius–

So the Heritage Foundation is no longer a part of the Republican Party…
…ok…

JDW

February 12th, 2013
11:14 am

“No, they didn’t. Just because a couple of Republicans advocated it, doesn’t mean “the GOP” supported that position.”

A “couple of Republicans” :roll:

Conceived by Republicans at the Heritage Foundation, implemented by Republicans in Massachusetts and sponsored as legislation by 19 Republican Senators…saying a “couple of Republicans” is like saying a few football fans in Baltimore were happy with the result of the recent Super Bowl.

Just Saying..

February 12th, 2013
11:14 am

Somebody doesn’t like Joe Walsh?

JDW

February 12th, 2013
11:17 am

On the subject the Tea Party Response…sounds like an admission that the Republican Party is not a Party any more. The other scary thing is Rubio is the guy for the “mainstream” response. What we really have is Tea Party and Tea Party Lite…Tastes Terrible…Causes Legislative Constipation.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

February 12th, 2013
11:21 am

“So the Heritage Foundation is no longer a part of the Republican Party…”

No, and they never were. More attached to the Libertarians, in fact.

But nice try, Deep Cover.

“Conceived by Republicans at the Heritage Foundation,”

See your failure above, JDW.

“implemented by Republicans in Massachusetts and sponsored as legislation by 19 Republican Senators”

And passed overwhelmingly by the Massachusetts Democrat-controlled House and Senate with a 90% majority in that Legislature which made any attempt to change or veto the bill moot.

If you’re going to set them up, JDW, I’ll keep knocking them down with facts, sonny.

md

February 12th, 2013
11:23 am

An inconvenient truth as far as education is concerned:

Until the day comes that we control breeding (which is never), children are a product of their environment. We will continue to do what we can to help them out but for many it will forever be a struggle when mom and dad are filling their heads with ignorance……..