State of the Union Address: Obama’s “Go It Alone” Plan Might Displease Some in Congress, Baylor Political Scientist Predicts

Article ID: 612938

Released: 28-Jan-2014 1:00 PM EST

Source Newsroom: Baylor University

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One thing to be on the watch for in the President’s address is his plan to “go it alone” (by use of executive orders) to accomplish his policy agenda, such as increasing the federal minimum wage, says Patrick Flavin, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science in Baylor University’s College of Arts & Sciences.

That plan is likely to draw criticism from Congress, who will argue that the President is usurping their constitutional power to make the laws, Flavin predicts.

Flavin, who has researched income inequalities, said that the topic of disparity between rich and poor also would generate widespread interest should the President choose to address it.

Flavin’s research interests include political inequality, government representation of public opinion, political behavior, the impact of political processes on citizens’ quality of life and public policy. To learn more, visit his blog at

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