Analysis of the State of the Union 2014

In his State of the Union address on Tuesday (01/28/14) President Barack Obama pledged to raise the minimum wage for those contracted to the federal government; create a new tax-free savings bond to encourage Americans to save and; Work for Wage Equality. He also promised to work for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay prison; push immigration reforms and to veto any sanctions that Congress might pass designed to derail his deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

But most startling, President Obama promised to bypass the congress “Wherever and whenever I can take steps without legislation to expand opportunity for more American families, that’s what I’m going to do,” This year, he promised will be “a year of action”.

Pres Obama acknowledges that 2013 wasn’t particularly productive and he had problems with the flawed roll-out of his own health care law. Most people probably  don’t even remember a slew of proposals at the State of the Union Address circa February 2013. What does the State of the Union portend for 2014.  Broadcast on 2014-02-01.


  • Janis Rosheuvel. Janis lectures on migration and crime at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and serves on the boards of the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
  • Robert Hennelly. Robert is a highly respected award winning Journalist.


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