Last night, President Obama called for 2014 to be a "year of action," asking Congress work with him to raise the minimum wage, extend unemployment benefits, and make better educational opportunities available to all Americans. In the meantime, the president has acted alone, issuing executive orders, directing government bodies under his control, and creating teams of private and public citizens. But those tactics will only go so far, if Congress won't act.
"Anyone claiming that America's economy is in decline is peddling fiction," President Obama said in his last State of the Union Address on Tuesday night. "Now, what is true – and the reason that a lot of Americans feel anxious – is that the economy has been changing in profound ways, changes that started long before the Great Recession hit, changes that have not let up." If you've struggled to find momentum in your career in the last eight or nine years, or even just to stay employed, that won't come as a shock. The question is, what can be done to help American workers weather the change and adapt?
"The shadow of crisis has passed," said President Obama, in last night's State of the Union address. "And the state of the union is strong." While receiving standing ovations for job numbers (and getting in an ad-libbed dig at Republicans about winning the presidency), Obama outlined a vision for the country that focused on middle-class growth.