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By returning to Christian roots, the nation can achieve greatness once again
Topic - Ron Haskins
Facing a showdown with congressional Republicans on the federal budget this month, President Obama has seen his economic campaign for the middle class get swamped by media coverage of the crisis in Syria.
President Obama focused much of his State of the Union address on the economy, but he spent roughly a third of his speaking time Tuesday night on a laundry list of issues, including climate change, gun control, immigration and ease of voting.
The first State of the Union address of President Obama's second term is shaping up as a conservative's nightmare come true.
A former senior House GOP aide who helped write the landmark welfare-to-work laws in the 1990s challenged Mitt Romney's assertion that President Obama's wants to weaken work requirements for welfare recipients — but he also questioned whether the White House is overstepping its authority by giving states the chance to experiment with their welfare programs.
"He's been very partisan on almost every major occasion where he gives speeches on inequality," said Ron Haskins, a specialist on welfare issues at the left-leaning Brookings Institution. "Democrats love this agenda."
Ron Haskins, senior fellow at Brookings Institution, said that at least one site in the Building Strong Families program worked wonders with fragile families and those lessons should be used in new programs.