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Managing director Clark S. Judge outlined his predictions for what President Obama will say in his February 12th State of the Union address for Ricochet.
Facing a Congress in the hands of the other party as he started his second term, Bill Clinton was accommodating, not confrontational. Facing a divided Congress, so was Ronald Reagan.
The results: Reagan achieved tax reform. Had it not been for the scandal he brought on himself, Clinton could have achieved Social Security reform. Today, with one house of Congress in the hands of the opposition (in this sense, the election was a tie), the president is playing as if he held all the cards.
Two White House Writers, G. Philip Hughes and Mark Davis, in a groundbreaking piece express concern about continuing reductions in U.S. nuclear forces in a world in which China and Russia are rapidly modernizing their forces, and proliferation is increasing. This is a special concern, since the United States is the only nuclear power in the world that has relinquished its ability to serially manufacture new nuclear weapons. Hence, their call for a “Nuclear Pause” on new reductions agreements, and a “Plateau” in overall force levels.