President Barack Obama's State of the Union speech Tuesday night sounded like the Left's darling, Sen. Elizebeth Warren of Massachusetts, Newsmax White House correspondent John Gizzi said on Newsmax TV.
Gizzi noted that Warren was shown standing and applauding vigorously several times during the address.
BoldProgressives.org commented that, "Obama sounded like Warren, and it's a good thing," Gizzi noted during post-speech coverage.
"This is expansionist government and … it's going to be a sugar-coated tax increase," Gizzi said.
Republicans on Capitol Hill already are telling him they are going to focus on the $320 billion in tax increases in Obama's plan as their main point of attack, Gizzi said, with a focus on the capital gains tax rising from 15 to 28 percent.
A capital gains tax increase won't see the light of day because it will stifle small business and opportunity, he said.
Gizzi also pointed out that Obama used the phrase, "Let us all play under a fair set of rules," then added he is talking about bringing the cost of community college down to zero.
"Again, people don't want to say 'socialist,' but they do say 'redistributionist,'" Gizzi said, noting that the references to free higher education and to fair-share rules are taken directly from the manifesto of the Social Democratic Party of Germany under Willy Brandt.
Obama's request for an authorization of the use of force against the Islamic State (ISIS) will have to be backed up by overseas allies, Gizzi said.
"Congress will not just give him a blank check to have a unilateral operation in that part of the world," he said.
Also on the panel were former New York Lt. Gov. Betsy McCaughey and National Review Online's John Fund.
Fund said there are two devils lurking in Obama's tax plan that he didn't want to discuss: a doubling of the inheritance tax and a raise in the capital gains tax.
"The president is masking what is effectively redistributionist liberal economics as a middle class program," Fund said.
McCaughey said Obama's tax proposals will hurt the couple mentioned in his speech, Ben and Rebecca, because Ben's business will suffer when his tax rates are raised.
"If he gets socked with mandatory sick leave, mandatory maternity leave and so many other regulations that make is more expensive to give someone a job, he's not going to be able to hire more people."
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