Wishing on a North Star

In his Feb. 12 State of the Union speech, US President Barack Obama said economic growth and middle-class jobs will be the "North Star" for his administration. Time will tell if that goal proves to be a guiding light or simply a Jiminy Cricket fantasy if economic problems again overshadow his agenda. Obama plans to revive the economy by rebuilding a thriving middle class. But Republicans claim he relies too much on costly unproductive government legislation and regulation and too little on the free market. In his litany of proposals, Obama called for "clean energy" legislation and an "Energy Security Trust" to wean cars and trucks from gasoline and diesel at ...

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