President Obama's 'Year of Action' continues

(WJLA) - Those big trucks hauling the goods that fill our homes are the latest focus for the White House, which is hoping to alter the economic landscape.

A mandate of better fuel efficiency here would decrease dependence on foreign oil, drop prices on items being shipped, and reduce pollution – all of which would put more money in people’s pockets.

"So It's not just a win-win. It's a win-win-win," said President Obama.

This Upper Marlboro stop is just the latest in his so-called “Year of Action,” and an effort to bridge the gap between the rich and poor. It’s a huge undertaking, but one the President is pushing via minimum wage hikes or lower student loan rates.

"Don't make small plans, make big plans," he said.

Republicans, though, have grand plans of their own. According to Politico reporter Ken Vogel:

"There are definitely Republicans who think they cannot win doing what they did in 2012 and that serious changes need to made and these donors are among them."

Vogel is talking about donors like Paul Singer – the hedge fund billionaire who is reportedly assembling like-minded, wealthy members of the right who support lower taxes and less government, but are supportive of gay rights and immigration reform. They will be supporting measures many see as "moderate" and might make candidates more electable.

"The Koch brothers spent upwards of $400 million; Karl Rove's American crossroads spent $325 million -- those obviously didn't work, so what this is saying is there's got to be a better approach," explains Vogel.

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