What’s the State of the Union in 2015?


President Barack Obama has delivered his 2015 State of the Union speech to Congress, outlining what his administration is calling “middle-class economics.” Read the full text of the speech, and explore some of the issues raised by middle-class economics—and President Obama’s final term in office. (Medium)

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Discussion Ideas
Research and debate one or two of the key issues addressed in the 2015 State of the Union speech. Each question links to a pro/con-style argument.


Health care

Taxes and Economics

Energy and the Environment


Civil rights


Foreign Policy

For more political issues, read through last year’s leading pro-con arguments suggested by the 2014 State of the Union address.


Medium: President Obama’s State of the Union Address—Remarks As Prepared for Delivery

Nat Geo: So, What’s the State of the Union (2014)

ProCon: The Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

Debatepedia: International Debate Education Association

The Economist: Economists Debates

Debate.org: Debates, Opinions, Polls

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