Originally Posted by Midpack
+1. CBS reported that in the 2013 SOTU last year Pres Obama offered up 41 programs he'd like Congress to act on, only 2 were adopted. This was the first SOTU in my entire adult life that I didn't even tune in, it's all just talk nowadays.
As I said above. It's being done by executive order. So it's not dependent on congress... and therefore not DOA.
Similar to when Bush Sr (41) offered to let folks have a little more cash in their paychecks each month, in a SOTU address. Since he wasn't changing tax code, just withholding, he could do it. Folks were unpleasantly surprised when tax time came around and they weren't getting refunds.
The POTUS has some powers. It's up to us to figure out how to mitigate or take advantage of changes implemented by executive order. In my case, in the example above, I increased my withholding and broke even tax time. (Most of my friends were scrambling to come up with money to pay their tax bills they hadn't counted on.) In this case - I'm looking at how I can turn it into a personal backdoor roth - since I have rolled IRAs precluding me from doing it the other way.