The President put forth a number of proposals, most of which cut across party lines, Democrats for, Republicans against.  President Obama’s appeal for a Congressional resolution allowing the President to use force against ISIS got some support from a few Republicans. Senator Jeff Flake says he’s willing to pass a resolution giving the

President support for using force against Isis claiming “legally, I don’t think it’s necessary, but it’s certainly a good idea – we’re in the for the long haul and we speak with one voice.”

On the other hand, Senator John McCain threw some shade the President’s way.  The Arizona Senator thinks the President’s call for an Isis resolution is too limited, for example, “what is he going to do about Syria? of course it’s necessary if you want to use force, but does that mean it’s only Isis that’s the enemy? It’s delusional!” Regarding tax reform, Obama’s plan is to tax wealthy corporate America.  McCain says Obama is doing exactly what he expected, “In your face, confrontation – if he really wanted some issue on taxes, he should call on us and sit down together and work on tax reform.”

Flake admits “corporate tax reform needs to be done and he’ll have a willing partner if he needs to do that, but what (Obama) is talking about, won’t go anywhere.”

As for Obama’s speech to the nation, Flake wasn’t impressed.  Flake says “he doesn’t put much stock in the President’s State of the Union Address.  He says, “the State of the Union Address is always a laundry list – a speech written by committee, rarely taken seriously.”

The President’s push to raise taxes has support from the Democrat party.  Phoenix Democrat Ruben Gallego says the President put forth a good middle class agenda and that “his agenda is still pushing forward and I hope it does translate with this Republican-held caucus, I think if they look at the numbers, things are going really well, we should just continue going in that direction.”  

Kris Dugan