Edward Packard

 January 21, 2015


     President Obama has advanced a broad-ranging moderately progressive agenda in recent weeks. He articulated his stance in the State of the Union address. If he had come out swinging like this a year ago and liberal politicians had unreservedly backed him, last fall’s election might have gone the other way. “Ripeness is all,” and Obama and the Democrats are a year too late. Given the composition of the present Congress, in most respects the present enterprise may be only symbolic, but the president deserves credit for doing what he can on his own.

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