Washington, D.C. – When President Obama
delivers the 2014 State of the Union on January 28
, it is expected that he focus
a substantial portion of his agenda
on America’s growing economic inequality
and steps to
address this critical issue.
As Esquire’s Charles Pierce
asks, how can a President
“who speaks so eloquently on income inequality
” in one minute call for reducing economic
disparities and then the next minute call for “an easier time passing a trade
deal that inevitably will
make that inequality
“If he does both — bemoan rising inequality
and promote yet another free-trade
agreement — his speech will
rate a chapter in the annals of self-negation,” said the Washington Post’s Harold Meyerson
deals like TPP
“increase the incomes of Americans investing abroad even as they diminish the incomes of Americans working at home. They worsen the very inequality
against which the president
Here are key questions to watch for regarding TPP and the State of the Union address:
Will President Obama even mention TPP or fast track authority in his address?
If so, which members on both sides of the aisle will clap in support and which who will stay silent?
Will State of the Union reactions mention on the disconnect between the President’s focus on inequality and the potential focus on TPP?
How much focus will he devote to twisting arms on Capitol Hill to get it passed?
What part of his agenda will he forfeit to gain enough Republican support?
Which swing 2014 races will the President have to avoid campaigning in due to the growing opposition to TPP across the country?
Will the President’s push for TPP cost Democrats the grassroots and financial support of labor, environmental and small business activities?