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Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:47 PM

I'm not sure the country is going over the cliff, but DU sure as hell has.

This place has gone crazy.

The Senate deal has tax hikes wrested free from spending cuts and people here still find something to complain about.

"B-b-b-but he said $250,000!"

First of all, it's called negotiation. What DU considers a cave, most Americans see as true compromise and sacrifice. The political fallout from the cliff now falls squarely on House Republicans. This weakens the entire party.

Secondly, the $400,000 cap is not the end of the world. Yes, it's going to reduce some revenue. But this is not the Swiss bank account class. When these people have extra money, they tend to spend it. Thus much of the revenue will come back.

It's strange that, for the amount of interest in politics on this board, how many don't seem to understand how they work. At least not in a realistic sense.

Flame away, my friends.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:48 PM

1. No flame here....

I agree with you....

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:04 PM

77. ditto!!!

finally a voice of sanity!!!

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Response to CatWoman (Reply #77)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:43 PM

117. Ditto++! Sanity! Someone had to say it!

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:58 PM

130. You're 1000% right! DU craziness is real...

... I spend my the majority of my time elsewhere now and contribute on sites where people get it and try to actually do more than whine and share meme GIFs.

You know... the better sites.

I have found that DUers have no concept of trying to get a whole loaf and only getting a half a loaf today. And that you might only get the rest of the loaf in slices.

They just don't get it.

I'll read a little more then I'm off to spend my quality time elsewhere.

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:07 PM

136. Oh, and to DUers who don't know what victory looks like...

"Under the agreement, tax rates would jump to 39.6 percent from 35 percent for individual incomes over $400,000 and couples over $450,000, while tax deductions and credits would start phasing out on incomes as low as $250,000, a clear victory for President Obama, who ran for re-election vowing to impose taxes on the wealthy."

-- The New York Times, January 1, 2013
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/02/us/politics/senate-tax-deal-fiscal-cliff.html


Just sayin'.

(Please feel free to flame away...)

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:15 PM

142. agree

they act like 2 year olds with a hissy fit because someone took their binky away . Grow up already ! The world only functions by making compromise , not blindly following an ideology .

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Response to CherokeeDem (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:58 AM

253. None here, either.

I agree 100%. This was a big f**king deal. President Obama is not going to play Mr. Nice Guy anymore, and he's made that clear.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:48 PM

2. The majority of members are on the left. Deal with it n/t

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:52 PM

7. Explain how that works with the House of Representatives.

Thanks!

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Response to tabasco (Reply #7)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:54 PM

10. How many DUers are members of that body?

The OP is about DU

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #10)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:18 PM

230. Maybe someday

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:54 PM

12. I'm on the left. Doesn't mean I can't comprehend reality.

Doesn't mean I don't understand how the game of politics is played.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:56 PM

15. At least you admit it's just a game n/t

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #15)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:04 PM

23. It is what it is.

Lousy and imperfect and unfair, but ultimately what we have to work with. Unless that fabled revolution happens.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:08 PM

27. So make your points without bashing the majority here n/t

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:21 PM

37. Actually, he's bashing a very vocal minority on the extremist far left.....

...who prove themselves time after time to be totally unhappy with anything the President does.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:23 PM

40. 'extremist far left' people want to protect safety nets?

Holy Shit! Those commies

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #40)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:33 PM

44. Protect the safety net for themselves ...

20 years out ... To hell with those that were placed at risk yesterday when we went over the cliff.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:42 PM

55. You characterize the majority here as self-serving?

I certainly don't, and I think you're way off base

Some of the finest, kindest, most thoughtful people on the left post here

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #55)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:59 PM

72. Yes, "some of the kindest, most thoughtful people on the left post here"....

....but they're not members of the extreme far left who are in a very small vocal minority.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #72)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:06 PM

80. How many members are 'extreme far left?'

I can (still) count most of us on 1 hand

The majority here are FDR-style Democrats

Calling them out as troublesome or extreme is a weak way to make a point

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #80)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:52 PM

127. Excellent Point

Many of us are FDR Democrats....this does not make us extreme in any way.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #55)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:07 PM

139. Yes ...

I do characterize those claiming to give a damn about the "safety net", but only the SS part of it that they will receive, while ignoring the millions that would/will be affected, today, by us not reaching a deal, as it may as imperfect as it may be ... Yes,I characterize each and every one of you as self-serving.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:03 PM

133. No one has to apologize to you for more than hand to mouth thinking.

I've been homeless. I've been an unemployment check from homeless and hungry.

Keep the guilt trips for someone who gives a fuck. The can gets ever bigger as it is kicked down the road so let's not feign too much nobility for engaging in punting the downside down the road so you don't have to deal with it.

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Response to TheKentuckian (Reply #133)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:18 PM

144. Since you've been homeless ...

and an U/C check away from homelessness ... tell me again how going of the cliff is the best course?

Funny ... we now have Kentuckians living in Kansas.

Oh that's right ... it is, now, a guilt-trip to remind you of where you would have been, but for President Obama's frequent caves.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #44)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:51 PM

221. TRUTH.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #44)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:03 PM

315. There was never any possibility of 'going over the cliff'

as long as the military budget was threatened.

Most DUers are much closer to retirement than 20 years.

No progressive EVER says "to hell" with anyone.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:31 PM

42. You beat me to that

exact response.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:01 PM

76. So you consider FDR an extremist? How do you feel

about Kennedy, Johnson, and Carter? I think DU would like to know.

Is it just old people you don't support, or do you want to throw disabled and minorities under the bus too? After you get rid of Social Security you can start working on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Civil rights legislation. And if you didn't know that is your agenda, you better get up to speed.

So you consider being on the left a bad thing on a liberal forum?

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Response to A Simple Game (Reply #76)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:29 PM

106. Considering Roosevelt left a lot of people (especially minorities) out of Social Security

he might not be the best example. Politics is always a fitful process and involves making unideal choices.

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Response to mythology (Reply #106)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:08 PM

227. Civil rights came later. The Republicans won't try to dismantle

civil rights until they "fix" Social Security.

By the way, I feel I was left out of the Affordable Care Act. But as most would say, we had to start somewhere.

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Response to mythology (Reply #106)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:37 AM

255. Social security helped a far-larger percentage of Americans than, say

the Affordable Care Act.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:10 PM

84. +1000

DU has a few "very vocal minorities" who believe that out-shouting everyone else is "proof" that they are winning arguments.

Given enough time (and rope) these hair-on-fire concern-mongers eventually show their true colors and self-immolate in a blaze of righteous indignation.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #84)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:40 PM

163. The self-immolation can't happen soon enough

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:14 PM

89. It is a Circle

If you go far enough left or right you will meet in the middle otherwise known as Crazytown.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:19 PM

97. Actually anything anyone does.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:21 PM

100. And just voted him back into office!


Just tell me we wouldn't be saying "President-elect Romney" now if it weren't for the "extremists." No matter what our size is, we have a right to get pissed off when too much is offered for too little. Especially when the Republicans were clearly beaten in the last election, yet they get to act like they're in the majority.

Personally, I think President Obama could have gotten a better deal if he had walked and let the Repubs drive over the cliff. The Repubs were certainly going to get the blame for it, and the consequences of this cliff would be easily reversible.

No matter what you say, is that a bad POV? It looks like it's going to happen anyway, now, no fault of President Obama's. If the House kills this, and I think it will, President Obama is cleared of it.

I think we can have this discussion without tearing into each other.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:36 PM

161. +1

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:49 PM

201. "Extremeist far left" who like 70% OF AMERICANS

DON'T WANT ANY BENEFIT CUTS.

BTW, good luck gaining seats next with without our tiny minority.

Fucking DINOs and appeasers

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #201)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:18 PM

208. I know, right?

The only time they have any use for us is on election day. The rest of the time, we can just go fuck ourselves. It's the DINOs on this board who are making me want to sit out the mid-terms.

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #208)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:54 AM

248. Isn't that what happened in 2010? Go ahead, sit out for 2014....

....because you're mad and want to go pout in a corner.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #248)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:57 AM

285. Nope. That an urban legend.

The left D voter showed up at the polls. The I voters either did not show or bought the teabaggers bull.

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #208)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:00 AM

278. That's the role of those outside the center.

Resign yourself to the fact that you will never get 100% of what you want. What you can do, however, is try to pull the center in your direction at election time. That's the fringe's time to shine. Outside of that though... yes, your analysis is correct. But if you want to encourage the rise of Tea Party 2: Electric Boogaloo in order to soothe your battered ego, that's your business.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #201)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:09 PM

229. Hmm

Juror #1 voted to HIDE IT and said: No explanation given
Juror #2 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #3 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: DINO is a political not personal attack.
Juror #4 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: Juvenile spat. Meh.
Juror #5 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given
Juror #6 voted to LEAVE IT ALONE and said: No explanation given


No, I wasnt #1.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:53 PM

222. +100

But they are delusional enough to think that they're the majority. Extremists tend to believe that they are the source of all knowledge, and everyone else is wrong.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #222)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:47 PM

231. What bothers me

are claims of unique virtuosity.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:08 AM

237. So tell us what the "extremist far left" wants that you dont want? I dare you.

Or are you just trying to spit the party?

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:38 AM

256. +1!

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:09 AM

266. so what. if they are such a vocal tiny minority why be upset

The thought police want purity tests I guess

That alone requires dissent

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:12 AM

273. it is a very, very small group here....

...that opposes EVERYTHING obama does. and you and your ilk are purposely exaggerating that number to make anyone with principled to ANY obama policy seem like an "extreme far leftist." trust me, you haven't seen extreme far leftism here, but your attitude is mccarthy-esque.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #37)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:38 PM

327. Really????

You know - one could REALLY help all of us ignorant types if they'd compile a book of definitions for us to refer to. Seriously - WHEN is a proclamation or a promise just a phony (and forgiveable) enticement???
Make's me think of angler fish and the little deceptive lures they flaunt to attract prey close enough so's they can fleece them for campaign money.... oops, I got two types of predators confused there. See - THAT'S why us lesser sorts need a "playbook" to understand all this complicated lie..... er, persuasion tactics.

BTW, one example on the horizon is the secretive TPP trade agreement that's being hammered out. An agreement that looks like it might shake the very foundations of American ideals in the interests of serving the super-wealthy (yes, yet another instant replay). I'll be anxious to see how RIGHTCENTER UNDERGROUND crows about the outcome of that when it emerges from its cocoon.

Edit for typo...

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:44 PM

56. He's not bashing the majority because most of us are in agreement with him

DUers who fucking scream about how Obama caves when he's actually negotiating and getting the foot in the door are no different that the teabaggers who want to destroy the government. If you don't give a little and take a little no one ends up getting anything. This country needs to have our politicians agreeing to concede and negotiate. That's the very heart of politics.

Never giving an inch and demanding no concessions also never gets anything done.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #56)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:10 PM

82. another voice of reason. thank you! n/t

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Response to lunatica (Reply #56)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:23 PM

102. Hear hear. There's no chess match unless somebody moves.

Each move runs the risk of exposure and sacrifice, but there's no game without movement.

Politics IS a game, it's the implications that are real.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #56)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:50 PM

125. That's exactly right...

and comparing Obama to other democratic presidents who had a congress controlled by democrats isn't fair.

He may be able to do better, but to expect an agenda as liberal as presidents that controlled both houses of congress isn't a realistic expectation.

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Response to lunatica (Reply #56)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:41 PM

164. Sanity -- thank you

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Response to lunatica (Reply #56)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:45 PM

200. Exactly. nt

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Response to lunatica (Reply #56)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:52 PM

311. Well...

DUers who fucking scream about how Obama caves when he's actually negotiating and getting the foot in the door are no different that the teabaggers who want to destroy the government.


Not that I'm one of those, but if I were I'd say "bite me."

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Response to fleabiscuit (Reply #311)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:04 PM

316. No thankyou sweety

It would be a waste of my time. If you want to keep screaming go ahead. Please proceed fleabiscuit.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:10 PM

83. See the OP. I made my case there. nt

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #83)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:19 PM

96. You have no case

I'm sure you could do a fine job of supporting Obama's positions without bashing the members here

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #96)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:28 PM

105. Bashing? Criticizing.

And I believe I made a reasonable strong case for why those I'm addressing are misguided.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #105)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:32 PM

108. 'Flame away, my friends'

Your words

You can't support Obama's policies without suggesting the majority here are too stupid to understand politics and have just gone 'crazy'



How did that work out for Rahm? Isn't he a mayor somewhere, or a dogcatcher or something?

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #108)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:07 PM

189. You, and others from your side of the debate, keep using that

term "majority" when referring to yourselves. By my count, the President Obama-bashers on DU are in the distinct minority, but have a tendency to attempt to out-shout everyone else. Hence the term: vocal minority. This also applies to the pro-gun crowd on DU, who tend to use the same tactics: loud talk, and skewed statistics to prove a flawed opinion.

According to the anti-President Obama minority, anyone who disagrees with venom-laced criticism and outright disrespect of the President instantly becomes an unpatriotic, DLC-loving, "cheerleader," and an Obamatron.

Constructive criticism is fine. Hate speech based on assumptions and half-truths are not criticism, but attacks. There is a difference.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #108)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:58 AM

250. Wow, if your think that's a violation of the TOS then you're a bit too sensitive....

....to be posting on DU. My advice to you is grow thicker skin.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #105)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:56 PM

312. And those with the guilty consciences are those who now are bashing YOU....I loved that OP, thanks!

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #83)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:37 PM

111. There was a case?

Hmmmmmmmm.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:36 PM

110. Agreed

I don't think a call out was at all necessary. And I firmly believe that is what the OP was.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #27)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:30 PM

155. the third party Naderites you mean. I am Liberal and President Obama is the best in 50 years

 

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:32 PM

43. I enjoy your voice of reason. Thank you. n/t

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #23)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:17 PM

92. Exactly

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #12)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:59 PM

71. Left? Left? You keep using that word.

I don't think it means what you think it means.

Prince Humperdink will appreciate your point of view though.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:44 AM

261. except that in your reality

a shitty deal looks like a good deal

a huge concession looks like a victory

I am not sure how left you are, nor what your grasp is on reality

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:58 PM

19. As are we all, but a very vocal minority always posts the same extremist crap...

...to the point where it's hard to distinguish them from the right-wing trolls.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #19)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:43 PM

165. And to the point where one wonders mightily ...

... if they are indeed right-wing trolls in thin disguise.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #165)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:31 PM

336. Yeah, the left that isnt satisfied with 25% of Americans living in poverty and you

dare call them " right-wing trolls in thin disguise." Seems to me that you are here to disrupt. If not, show us some evidence of your allegations.

Or is this a "drive by", hoping to cause a stir?

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #19)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:17 AM

240. Do you have examples or are you just trying to start a fight? Tell us which issues the left support

that you dont. Tell us exactly why you hate the left. Why you try to split the party. Speak up please.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:44 PM

57. I'm on the left

and I agree with the OP.

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:41 PM

199. Left yes, but not leftist ideologues.

The far left is as annoying and unproductive as the far right because neither is capable of compromise. It's all 'my way or no way.'
Just like the Tea Partyers.

Being an ideologue is fine - just don't run for public office where compromise is essential to get anything done in a 2-party system.

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Response to kstewart33 (Reply #199)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:20 AM

241. Explain which issues you disagree with the left.

The left is fighting for jobs, freedom from domestic spying and the Patriot Act. The left is fighting to feed the 50 million Americans living in poverty. Tell me which of these issues you think are annoying.

Tell me what you are fighting for if you dare.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #241)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:42 AM

293. I don't disagree with any of these issues.

I do disagree with the far left's refusal to compromise when compromise is essential to moving forward on any of these issues.

It's easy to say that principles should not be compromised, but in a 2-party system, the refusal to compromise simply does not work. We must compromise to make progress on any of these issues.

If Obama had not compromised, we'd have nothing. A worse stalemate in Congress, and many millions of people stuck with higher taxes that they cannot afford in this still-struggling economy.

Obama might well have been in a stronger political position if he'd held his ground, but that advantage would have come with a considerable and unacceptable price. Just ask the millions who would have lost their unemployment benefits.

The tension between the far left and more mainstream liberals in the DU community has existed for years (I've been a member since 2000). It will always exist here. The tension's core is not a disagreement on the issues, it's about compromise - how much is each member willing to compromise in the interest of these issues? The mainstream liberals become exasperated with the far left because most believe that the far left sacrifices progress because of their refusal to compromise; the far left becomes exasperated because they believe that the mainstream liberals are compromising principles which, as principles, should never be compromised.

I'm a pragmatist - I'll gladly take 5 steps forward, not 10 or 20, when 5 steps are very achievable and 10-20 are not.



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Response to kstewart33 (Reply #293)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:43 AM

299. Ahh yes pragmatism, the reason we been getting our asses kicked for the last 30 years.

The repukes demand a mile and we compromise and only give them half a mile. Under Bush we lost 10 miles and under Pres Obama we've been gaining it back only a foot at a time. Forgive me for not being thrilled.

Pragmatism works if you are dealing with reasonable people not terrorists. And todays republicans meet the definition of terrorists.

I understand compromise but I also understand that at some point you have to draw the line and fight. Thank Dog that our founders werent pragmatist or we would still be a British colony.

Today we have millions of children living in poverty and going to bed hungry. That is not something I will compromise on.

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Response to rhett o rick (Reply #299)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:48 PM

332. The Republicans compromised away their sacred principle.

Minimizing taxes is the bedrock of the Repub party's principles and they've maintained this principle, untouched, for decades.

They compromised away this principle yesterday. They lost in a very big way.

I don't believe that Boehner is a terrorist. He's just stuck in a very bad place. His extremists remain a minority in the caucus. I don't believe they're terrorists either. They are absolutists who refuse to compromise. And really Rick, in this respect, don't you and they share a similarity?

In sum, let's agree to disagree, with mutual respect.

Enjoyed blogging with you. It's going to be a very interesting 2013!

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Response to kstewart33 (Reply #332)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:53 PM

334. Bear with me. I still have a point or two to make.

You are giving the Republicans way too much credit. "Minimizing taxes" sounds admirable. But the fact is they only want to lower taxes on the uber wealthy. They make no bones about wanting to cut services for the middle class, working class and poor.

My definition of terrorism: The use of fear against persons to intimidate them in furtherance of political or social objectives. This fiscal cliff bullcrap is a good example of them trying to scare the population into giving the wealthy bigger tax breaks and cutting social services for the lower 80%.

I thank you for the decent debate.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:48 PM

3. No flames here! Like you said - compromise is not the end of the world!

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #3)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:06 PM

79. It's all in the definition.

Extremists on both sides seem to labor under the delusion that compromise = appeasement.

It doesn't. It means, "Well, it's not everything I wanted...but I can live with it."

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Response to Doc Holliday (Reply #79)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:28 PM

148. I call l it a holdover from the 'tough guy' chickenhawk GOP presidencies.

Obama saved lives the only way he could. The lives of those that most people don't know, don't wanna know, and never will. Tough talk is false bravado and Obama has never indulged himself in that luxury. When lives are at stake, you have to bend and he's done a great job of protecting more people than any president since Carter.

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Response to freshwest (Reply #148)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:16 PM

206. +1000. nt

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:49 PM

4. It may be moot

This post is sooo 3 hours ago

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Response to annabanana (Reply #4)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:51 PM

6. Bingo n/t

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:50 PM

5. What is this negotiations you speak off?

For the record our mirror site does the same. Part of whhat ails us as a nation.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:53 PM

8. If you dont mind being lied to by the president

Good for you. But some of us are sick of it. This is a huge loss but keep spinning if it makes you feel better

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:35 PM

48. What was the lie? n/t

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #48)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:48 PM

121. He always lies! See 'The Obama Deception' on youtube! He's gonna kill us all!!!1!!11!


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Response to freshwest (Reply #121)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:10 PM

140. Phew ...

I, was about to go straight the F off.

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #140)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:19 PM

145. Well, I can't say I haven't been close to that sentiment this week:



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Response to freshwest (Reply #145)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:28 PM

150. ...

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Response to 1StrongBlackMan (Reply #150)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:13 PM

301. He speaks my mind throughout the whole film. I've always been that way inside.

No matter how many dumbass things you do or how many times you stumble, keep running. You will win in the end.



The name 'Graboids' fits the GOP most days..


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Response to freshwest (Reply #145)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:20 AM

264. Hey! I just watched that movie last week

for the first time in years. A family favorite.

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Response to Control-Z (Reply #264)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:29 AM

291. MIne, too. Ain't it a hoot!

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Response to bowens43 (Reply #8)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:33 PM

198. Be a freeper

Be a birther, I don't give a fuck, it's whiners like you that got the house it's GOP majority in 2010, by staying home and complaining.

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Response to LW1977 (Reply #198)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:24 PM

211. You aren't too presumptive and arrogant, are you?

Can you cite any statistics showing that the reason the Dems lost the house is that us liberal "whiners" stayed home?

Didn't think so.

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Response to LW1977 (Reply #198)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:42 AM

298. +1

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:53 PM

9. Agree 100%. Tired of the totally clueless dumping their bile on DU. nt.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #9)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:50 PM

123. Thanks, you got that right!

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:54 PM

11. Rec. Figure out how to stop infesting Congress with Teabaggers

if people want to see progressive legislation.

The current sequence of events may finally make clear that the House GOP is the problem - NOT the President and his negotiating skills. Too bad that isn't more obvious here.

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Response to CakeGrrl (Reply #11)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:47 PM

167. I tell them they have to GOTV in 2014 ...

... and wouldn't you know it, some of them (yes here at DU) tell me they are staying home or voting 3rd party. Way to win back the House!

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Response to CakeGrrl (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:35 PM

330. It's been 'cool' to diss Obama and supporters since the right has been doing it all along.

What does that say about the poitical leaning of some here?

Besides, they can't let us enjoy ourselves here or anywhere. Because they know that is our strength.


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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:54 PM

13. I agree. It seems like some people do not want to negotiate - Gee - what does that remind you of?


Negotiations are give and take & it seems like we took alot ore than we gave.

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Response to jillan (Reply #13)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:02 PM

22. I guess some DUers figure the GOP for terrorists, LOL.

Or they have watched "Speed" ("shoot the hostage" aka "Boehner") a few times. If Boehner didn't have Cantor on his ass, pretty much breathing down his neck, ready to pull a Tonya Harding in order to get ahead, the man might be semi-reasonable. As it stands, the GOP have f*cked themselves and that herd is ready to stampede over the cliff rather than give our President an inch. Which brings me back to the subject of terrorists...

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:56 PM

14. Not a koolaid drinker. Just old.

Sure, I was disappointed that we liberals didn't get every single thing we wanted in this deal. But I fully support this President, and am happy with what he's managed. That being said, the fuckwads in the House will likely not pass it, so I hope DU is fully prepared to take their outrage to the phones this week to back up the deal we want by letting the 'pubs know that we support Obama and we WILL make sure their asses are on the line when every single one of these pieces of shit runs for re-election. WE need to back up our President with action, not sit on our asses criticizing him when he is out there, pretty much alone, trying to negotiate for US.

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Response to liberalmuse (Reply #14)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:29 PM

153. Damn! That was well said!

Stop talking about the Outrage! Conspiracy theories are taking over here.Take it to Congress, they need to hear from us. NOW! This President can not do this alone. Some here talk the talk. Our President walks the walk! It is time for all of us to stand up and take this mans back!

Thank you so much for your post Liberalmuse!

She

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:57 PM

16. You've gone crazy

if after the mandate the President got that he should be sitting here post 11th hour playing games with a House that says they now will not accept the proposal from the Senate.

They struck out like children, and now it is time to call their bluff and put this Congress to bed because you can't reason with 3 year olds at this late hour.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #16)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:11 PM

85. Excuse me, but most of us see reality as it really is....

....not the utopian way the extreme far left would like it to be.

So tell me, what "games" are being played by the President? He's done, and the Senate is done. No "games" from them.

The only group still playing "games" are the Republicans in the House. You do understand that, don't you?

Just curious, but if the House refuses to vote on the Senate measure, what do you propose the President should do to "call their bluff"?

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #85)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:16 PM

91. Extreme left?

I'm playing poker. I don't know what game you are playing. Politics isn't kindergarten where everything is laid out for everyone to see.

This could be a boon to the next set of debt ceiling debates in that he has Republicans so far over a barrel that they are going over Niagra Falls without the ability to do anything but watch themselves plummet.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #91)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:46 PM

183. I'm playing politics, and so is the President. And yes, you read my post correctly....

....the extreme far left on DU has an agenda that is very difficult at times to distinguish from that of the right-wing trolls.

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Response to OldDem2012 (Reply #183)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:38 PM

215. What, exactly

Do you mean by "extreme far left?"

What policies does this "extreme far left" support that you do not?

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #215)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:51 AM

247. Read a few more posts and you'll get the picture. nt.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:57 PM

17. "The political fallout from the clff now falls squarely on House Republicans." - Hunh? WTF are

 

you talking about?

$400K/year is approximately $33K/month. At the exact same time, 1 in 5 children live in poverty. I really don't give a shit about the rich and near rich. That makes me "crazy"?

At least I'm not a lackey or lickspittle for the 1%.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:12 PM

31. Tell me how a $250K limit cures childhood poverty.

Thanks.

I like numbers, so tell me, in numbers, how that revenue is enough to address childhood poverty and which programs the money would go to.

In reality, if you want enough money to cure childhood poverty, let's discuss defense spending.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:29 PM

182. A perusal of my posts on the subject of the defense budget from 2003 (when I joined DU) until

 

the present will reveal that I have continually advocated for cuts to the defense budget akin to the cuts that occurred after World War II. I have also jokingly referred to the defense budget as the largest Keynsian program in the history of the known universe but not one whose results merit continuing (losing 2 wars in 10 years has to be some kind of record, I would say).

More to the point, I've been demonstrating in person and in public against our imperial state since, oh, about 1983 (when Reagan was President), as review of my posts will also indicate.

What are your progressive credentials? Or am I 'crazy' to ask?

A $250K limit does not in and of itself cure childhood poverty. But it certainly makes a fuck of a lot more revenue available to begin the process. The plain fact is that Social Security has been one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in the history of the known universe. We now need to focus on the other side of the age spectrum, i.e., those too weak to advocate for their own interests.

I frankly find all the sturm und drang over the so-called fiscal cliff obscene given the massive social dysfunctions that beset this society. But, hey, that's me. Jesus H. Christ, 1% controls 40% of the wealth. Why isn't anyone in power talking about that little fact????

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #31)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:06 PM

188. Defense spending -- you hit the nail on the head

"In reality, if you want enough money to cure childhood poverty, let's discuss defense spending."

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #31)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:01 AM

279. the difference

is about 400 Billion dollars in revenue over the course of 10 years. (according to the CBO)

That might feed a few starving kids, no? Especially if it went to WIC and EBT.




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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:13 PM

32. but didn't you hear 400K is the new working poor.

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Response to coalition_unwilling (Reply #17)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:33 PM

158. +1

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:57 PM

18. Compromise is not a problem

 

*However*

How "entitlements" are defined could become a huge issue. President Obama seems willing to define any of the big 3 as an entitlement, rather than a separate insurance program bought and paid for by the citizens using it.

That doesn't seem like compromise to me. That seems like a false definition based on political expediency that could lead to reduced benefits to people who have paid for benefits for several/many decades.

NOW that it's time to pay up, the gov. wants to go to some kind of "austerity" program...

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:58 PM

20. Agree. Sooooo many on this board have little or no understanding of how politics work.

They don't think... or research... before spewing.

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Response to lamp_shade (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:17 PM

36. No the whining DU members understand, but they are as fucked up as House republicans.

The whining DU members are the reason why President Obama has to deal with a huge deficit, wars and the Fiscal Cliff to begin with, all because the whining, vote their "principles" fucking Left elected GW Bush be being idiot enough to waste their votes on Nader in 2000. If they hadn't wasted those vote, there wouldn't have been a President GW Bush, 9/11 likely wouldn't have happened, we would not have had an Afghan and Iraq war paid for with a credit card and no tax cuts that were not paid for. The people that are whining now should shut the fuck up, they are responsible for the problems that the President, Vice President, House and Senate Democrats are working their asses off to solve.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #36)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:22 PM

39. That's a big huge incorrect leap, assuming everyone who is unhappy

with Obama voted for Nader and sat out 2010.

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Response to djean111 (Reply #39)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:35 PM

47. Yes, but it's easier to generalize than it is to listen

Calling out people who hold to their principles is a hobby for some I guess. "Shut up and get in line."

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Response to djean111 (Reply #39)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:30 PM

107. It's all they've got.

And they pride themselves on their political savvy, often taking their cues from anonymous bloggers they've glommed onto. Same parlance from thread to thread, without an original thought among them.

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Response to WorseBeforeBetter (Reply #107)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:38 PM

112. Sure seems that way. n/t

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Response to lamp_shade (Reply #20)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:28 PM

41. Or real life, for that matter.

You are spot-on about the "spewing before thinking" factor.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 04:58 PM

21. Agree

The biting vitriol against W was well deserved -- against our Pres. - no.

He is pragmatic and more of a centrist than many on the board want. But he does not deserve the knee jerk rage when he modifies a stance in order to protect other worthy parts of a package.

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Response to elfin (Reply #21)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:05 PM

25. Our president has a mandate from voters

Our Senate has a mandate from voters. If they think they won't be held accountable because they have a majority, both them, and yourself are dreaming. Republicans lost. Deal with it, and it's time to run roughshod over them like they ran roughshod over Democrats all of these years.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:08 PM

26. And the voters have installed an intransigent GOP majority in the House. How do you propose

to work with that, given how the legislative process works?

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Response to CakeGrrl (Reply #26)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:13 PM

33. Let me ask you something

What do you care more about - a) The American Middle Class b) What you think you can convince DU to think (dubiously) c) A supposed idea that you are defending President Obama ?

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Response to Aerows (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:34 PM

46. You didn't answer the question. How in the fuck is the President supposed to work past a

branch of government that the Constitution has given the power of spending and taxation to? If you think the President can use the 14th Amendment to bypass the House, then maybe you should look up the 14th and it's sections and educate yourself. We are fucked unless the republican pigs in the House relent and allow the will of the majority of americans to be realized.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #46)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:07 PM

81. Same way Clinton cleaned Gingrich's clock

Except Obaba is no Big Dog and he negotiates with himself while pugs stand back and watch.

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Response to daa (Reply #81)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:24 PM

195. Hindsight is always wonderful.

BTW, I paid attention. Clinton didn't clean Gingrich's clock. Clinton often did just what Obama is doing, put out a compromise proposal then stand back while republicans blow themselves up.

Revisionist always make history out to be what they want it to be.

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Response to bluestate10 (Reply #195)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 10:30 AM

337. Did Clinton increase the deficit 4 trillion and have to come back in

2 months and do it over again? It sounds like you are revisin th outcome of this deal.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:37 PM

50. I AM the American Middle Class.

And a baby boomer.

I need a job as badly as anyone. I have a stake in what's happening. But I also know that there are realities in the makeup of Congress and the attitudes of some of its members that are not going to disappear so that everyone will magically sign onto progressively ideal legislation.

DU will think what it thinks. I have the right to opine that some people are dead wrong in their assumptions and conclusions.

I think some here are more offended by the fact that others dare to disagree with them. Ironically. Minds are not likely to be changed about who's failing whom in these dealings.

But we all have the right to advance our opinions, even if they aren't in lockstep. Isn't that a dirty word around here?

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Response to Aerows (Reply #33)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:47 PM

60. d) something that will actually PASS in the house n/t

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Response to CakeGrrl (Reply #26)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:37 PM

51. +1000

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Response to CakeGrrl (Reply #26)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:18 PM

94. Exactly

this will take time to rectify the problems in the house and that is how democracies work. Very slowly.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:15 PM

34. You seem to liken a "mandate" to a "do whatever the fuck you want" card. It isn't.

One false step and it's gone.

It's something that has to be cultivated and renewed. That is how you use it. A fool spends it. A smart politician invests it. This is what Obama has done.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #34)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:36 PM

49. It is a do whatever the fuck you want card

until you get pulled back some. THEN you scale back. Not before.

It's called "testing the waters" or "testing the mandate". You don't assume you can't get where you want to go until you have gotten into the pool and started swimming.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #25)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:59 PM

70. yes lets become that which we (pretend) to hate most

except most of us really do. too bad you dont. you just want 'your way'.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:05 PM

24. Just a word of advice.

Never, never invite them to flame away.

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Response to Baitball Blogger (Reply #24)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:11 PM

29. I will be satisfied

When Republicans get painted into a corner, forced to compromise, and pretty much have their faces buried in the dirt like Democrats have since 1980. Not because I hate them. But because their policies are so destructive that over the last 32 years they have nearly decimated the nation. Their party has a lot to answer for, and those of us in the white, middle aged, upper middle class regions? We know who is to blame.

You're welcome, I knew you wondered what the true goal was of the younger members of the party were. It's to make certain that trickle-down, supply side economics never, ever get a hold on our nation, and that we return to a more fair and prosperous tax rate that taxes those that make the most the highest, and those that make the least the lesser.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:09 PM

28. I love you OP

 

Couldn't have said it better.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:11 PM

30. Very well said nt

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:16 PM

35. You are correct!

 

Well said

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:22 PM

38. Blah blah blah

You just made it better? .... Hardly

DU is a subset of the general population ... The general population is partly composed of neurotics and psychotics ...

Why on earth would anybody expect it to be different here? ... It's an open door at DU, and any asshole with an opinion can spew it here ... This is the reality

What is ridiculous is an assumption that some sort of perfect, wholly homogenous philosophical consistency would exist here ... Ever ...

E V E R ....

Get used to reality ...

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Response to Trajan (Reply #38)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:08 AM

288. Thank you

We are supposed to be the big tent, no?

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:34 PM

45. Expect many members of DU to stage a nude protest in your home very soon! n/t

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Response to Darkhawk32 (Reply #45)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:53 PM

67. Why not? They are good in the nude, grabbing their knees for a clueless fool like Ralph Nader. nt

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:38 PM

52. There are a few people here who think anyone who makes a dollar more than they do....

....should be taxed higher than they are. That's a fact.

Personally, I'd prefer a $200,000 starting point, but $400,000 is fine. There are some people here who are jealous of people making 35,000 a year and think they are "living it up".

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Response to ProudToBeBlueInRhody (Reply #52)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:56 PM

68. I am with you on that

if I could suddenly jump from 12000 to 35000 a year that would make my day.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:39 PM

53. KRUGMAN SAYS IT BEST

So why the bad taste in progressives’ mouths? It has less to do with where Obama ended up than with how he got there. He kept drawing lines in the sand, then erasing them and retreating to a new position. And his evident desire to have a deal before hitting the essentially innocuous fiscal cliff bodes very badly for the confrontation looming in a few weeks over the debt ceiling.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #53)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:28 PM

149. I am willing to bet $ 1 that if Obama is successful in separating taxes and spending cuts and


force the Republicans to negotiate on future cuts tied with additional revenues that Mr. Krugman is going to say that it was strategically very advantageous.

Having said that it is also interesting to note that his biggest objection isn't where the deal ends up.

Given that he is negotiating with a party acting in bad faith getting anywhere is going to be disagreeable.

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Response to Skittles (Reply #53)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:25 AM

242. Both sides moved

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:39 PM

54. Just a guess, but...

Half the whiners are trolls just here to stir shit

Half of the rest are religiously leftwing nuts-- our versions of teabaggery and we just have to live with them.

The other half of the rest just don't know shit.

This not to say that we have to like what's being shoved down our throats, but put the blame where it belongs. The bad guy in this is Cantor, who has Boner's nuts in a tight grip.

And try to remember the first two years when we got a lot of good stuff done with Speaker Pelosi. (Oh, wait-- none of that was good enough for some people here.)

Even better-- work on getting Speaker Pelosi back for Obama's last two years. Still be a lot of whining, but much easier to slap 'em down.

And through it all, remember that none of us has any more workable solutions than the best(?) brains in Washington.



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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #54)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:51 PM

64. Thank you!!

Well said, especially your last point. Lots of bitching, no solutions. Personally, I'm as happy as can be that Obama is our president. Imagine if McCain had won in 08; the board would have self destructed by now.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #54)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:16 PM

143. +1,000. And don't forget the 60 MILLION who voted for much worse things than we got last night!

They kept the Tea Party Majority in the House and elected at two more Teabaggers to the Senate.

George W. Bush trained a lot of people very well here:




So I guess some people here really do miss him!




This is what people expect from a President now.




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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:44 PM

58. Agree, mandate or not, THE HOUSE IS CONTROLLED BY CRAZY TEA PARTY IDEOLOGUES

I would have been happy with Plan B because ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THE HOUSE TO PASS ANYTHING SANE!!!

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:46 PM

59. No flame here either.

The Republicans are so glued to their ideology that it doesn't even concern them if they drive this country over a cliff. I can't even imagine what the Democrats have to deal with then they try to negotiate with a group of people that are just a bunch of whiny crybabies. I know that I could not do it because I just don't have the patience. It is obvious that for any progress to be made there has to be compromise and I figure if both sides find something to dislike about it then that will be about the best we can do.

I refuse to put any energy into the idea of complaining about the Democrats because it is the Republicans that are the problem. All I can think about is shoving responsibility for the failure of Congress to act at the feet of the Congressional Republicans. I think that the Democrats should be working on their mid-term election game plan to pound the crap out of the House Republicans. Get the people riled up and keep them that way.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:47 PM

61. That's what makes me so angry about the anti Obama people

They use their opposition of the deal to say "I campaigned my you know what off" and you didn't deliver, next we'll be seeing them say they are going to stay home in 2014.

When I see them replying in threads like this, I put them on full ignore. they are just as bad as the tea party right

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Response to loyalkydem (Reply #61)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:01 PM

73. Yeah. Damn it.

Don't they know that He is more important than any silly old principle or policy. If He does it - it's good. That's all they need to know.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:48 PM

62. I'm in full agreement with you

A well run government has differences and it has negotiations and it has concessions and all of that is done through politics. When you have a one party government you get Bush and what we have now. A disproportionate amount of the advantages go to the one party, and the other party is left to flounder because no one is able to representing them.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:48 PM

63. The President has a tea party infested House to deal with

I expected some compromise from the $250K figure. In the biggest cities of more than a couple of states, a husband and wife can have joint earnings that easily exceed that, and after paying for state and local taxes, high mortgage payments, and maybe a couple of college educations, they sure don't feel hyper-rich. Sen. Schumer knows what I'm talking about, he's made the same case for quite some time now.

Here's what I don't understand: $450K for a married couple, but $400K for a single individual? Isn't that oddly disproportionate? I can see all kinds of well-off people getting a paper divorce, then living together to have income under the cutoff, whatever it comes out to be. It would just be viewed as the kind of tax planning that they pay CPAs and tax attorneys to advise them on.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:51 PM

65. Sure beats the gun talk...

I'll take 200 cliff threads any day!

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Response to Phentex (Reply #65)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:17 PM

93. Me, too--

I'm sick of hearing about guns.

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Response to Louisiana1976 (Reply #93)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:30 PM

154. Yeah. If only people would stop getting shot by them so much, your life would be peachy.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:52 PM

66. You know,

Everyone is entitled to their opinion on this and any other issue. They are also entitled to express that opinion, just as you are doing. I believe this post to be dancing on the line of a call out of DU members who may just have a different opinion than the OP.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #66)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:18 PM

95. Actually here at DU...

Sometimes different opinions will get you canned. I have seen it time and time again. That's why I usually just read through instead of post how I really feel. I see myself as a Constitutional Democrat and feel that many views here are way extreme. So the OP isn't that far off IMO.

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Response to aptal (Reply #95)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:34 PM

109. We will have to agree

to disagree. Opinions stated in a civil manner to my knowledge have never caused anyone to be canned, but I may be wrong. I do find the sweeping generalizations of the OP to be beyond absurd. I wasn't aware that we only had to have the opinions that are approved by certain individuals.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #109)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:07 PM

175. That is changing now. Many of us are no longer welcome.

And it shows. I have always stated things in a civil manner, but it no longer matters.

I was here 10 years, and now because I differ with Obama on education and his views on safety nets....I am very very uncomfortable here.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #175)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:20 PM

192. Well,

I differ with the President on many things and I feel very comfortable. One must remember that the posts on this board are nothing more than the opinion of the poster (that and two bucks will get you a cup of coffee) . They can have their say, post as they like, but it still comes down to just an opinion. Their opinion is no more valid than yours or mine (and frankly, folks can agree with me if they like and if they don't I still sleep very well at night). Then of course there are those handy trash thread and ignore options available. Life is too short to allow rude people to get you down.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #192)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:50 PM

220. Well,

it really hurts me personally after so many years here to see people like me who do NOT attack Obama treated like those who do.

It's not a good idea.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #220)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:29 PM

319. It's not a good idea

x1000!

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Response to aptal (Reply #95)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:56 PM

129. No, it's not that

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"different" opinions will get you canned. Anti-Democratic, right-wing, neoconservative opinions which attack the Democratic Party and our elected representatives may get you banned.

There is a difference between constructive criticism, and the outright promotion of RNC, NRA, and Tea Party talking points and propaganda aimed at being disruptive and divisive.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #129)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:12 PM

177. I disagree. Seems to be no room for any criticism at all.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #177)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:50 PM

184. Actually, the post I was responding

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to dealt with being banned for "differing opinions." That is not true, as evidenced by the fact that you, and the poster, are still here.

Disagreeing with "criticism" is a different matter, and it would do us all well to remember that criticism works both ways. If it seems to you like there is "no room for any criticism at all," perhaps the arguments that you use to support your criticism are not all that convincing. It is not against the TOS to disagree with and counter-criticize, those who criticize President Obama or the Democratic Party.

I know for a fact that there are still remnants of vitriol and anger left over from the 2008 Primaries, which I suspect is a part of the "criticism" antagonism from both sides of that unfortunate episode.

What I was actually responding to, however, has to do with the influx of right-wings trolls (as identified by MIRT) which have attacked DU in recent weeks. Their RNC, NRA, and Tea Party "talking points" have been extremely transparent, and it's likely that they are appearing in so many numbers due to a concentrated effort by other right-wing web sites which monitor DU 24/7.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #184)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:03 PM

187. I supported Obama in 2008, strongly.

I don't think that has anything to do with it. In the 10 plus years I have been at DU I have never been so uncomfortable posting anything. If it is trolls people are speaking of, they need to say so clearly. We "Deaniacs" were blasted for our adoration in 2003/2004. (rightly so as I look back)....and I see the same type of thing here now.

It's going to kill this board for anything but praising Obama.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #187)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:15 PM

190. Somehow I believe that

both DU and the Democratic Party will survive, and become even stronger in the future. The Republicans have overstayed their welcome with the American people, and once again we Democrats have stepped up to the plate and cleaned up their mess.

Have we managed to undo eight long years of mismanagement and corruption? No, not even close, but we are making progress (as in Progressive).

I don't care if you don't praise President Obama (seems your side has trouble attaching his title to his name, and prefer to call him "Obama" like our opponents), but I will counter any unfair and disrespectful bashing for bashing's sake when I see it.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #190)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:21 PM

193. What is "my side"?

"I don't care if you don't praise President Obama (seems your side has trouble attaching his title to his name, and prefer to call him "Obama" like our opponents), but I will counter your unfair and disrespectful bashing for bashing's sake when I see it."

I don't bash him, never have. Not everything in this world is about him. Teachers are hurting under his policies, and that is not going away.

There needs to be some way here to separate those of us who are NOT trolls...(how can I be a troll with 76 thousand plus posts) with those who really may be?

I challenge you to find a single "Obama-bashing" post by me.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #193)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:31 PM

196. I didn't call you

a troll, and I don't believe that you are. I answered your response to a reply I posted to someone else, and explained the reasoning behind my post. You can take it anyway you want, but you seem a little too overly sensitive to any criticism of your views in my opinion.

Chill out, and have a Happy New Year...

PS I changed the wording in my previous post to read "any" instead of "your," which was what I meant to say.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #193)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:39 AM

243. How did you get 77,000 posts

if you aren't able to share your opinions?

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Response to creeksneakers2 (Reply #243)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:40 AM

257. They are from the other DU.

Oh, I can share opinions. Everyone can. But there is much use of ugly rhetoric toward those of us who seriously question his policies like education. I just came back to DU after almost a year. Trust me it's very very different.

I can share, I can post. But is it worth it to keep having to say I am "not an Obama-hater"?

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #257)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:52 AM

277. Can I pour you another cup of whine?

 

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #277)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:07 AM

287. There you go. A classic. Just call someone a whiner if they question anything Obama.

Very original.

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #287)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:24 AM

290. Do you still love Bernie Sanders the morning after?

 

yesterday it was the rage to say Bernie was not for it and he was independent

oops there goes another

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #290)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:24 PM

302. Actually I think the whole thing was a political farce.

I think this dated back to not only the fiscal commission but to Gingrich's Contract "on" America.

I am glad he spoke out, but the reality is that when it comes down to the nitty gritty they all do it.

I think no matter what any of us say, those of us labeled whiners or Obama-haters....someone will find something to mock.

Mocking seems to be an integral part of things here now.

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Response to graham4anything (Reply #277)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:00 PM

313. That must be your favorite... using the word "whine"

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #313)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:21 PM

318. no,saying Naderite is my favorite (used as a negative to 3rd party ites)

 

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Response to madfloridian (Reply #193)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:29 AM

282. If you have a side... i'm on it.

You are one of the few balanced voices left here at DU. This place has MORPHED again. I stopped coming here for awhile during the DU3 transition, but some of the old posters and their insights drew me back in. I remember when DU actually had people who researched issues, brought serious discussions into the mix, charts and data, y'know with links. This used to be the first place i went to to get News.

I usually go to the Greatest Page and for the past few months there have been so many repeat threads, meaningless callouts, outright blather, etc. What happened to the News? What happened to the Dialogue? What happened to the Insight? GD has become an echo chamber.

My Dad, Brother, Sister-in-Law and Uncle are teachers. For years i have been hearing the same frustrated concerns you have been voicing about our Education policy and the deterioration of our schools from them and reading your posts in tandem. Thank YOU Mad, for being there for teachers when TOO MANY people here at DU aren't. I appreciate you, as i know so many other here do too.

Happy New Year! Don't take this online shit too seriously... there's Life to live!



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Response to druidity33 (Reply #282)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:11 AM

289. Thank you. Some very good older posters are not here now.

It really does little good to research and post a article that is longer than a paragraph or so. It just disappears.

Someday when a charter kicks out someone's kid, and they can't find a public school for them....people will understand. But not until their ox is gored.

So appreciate the kind words.

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Response to billh58 (Reply #190)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:13 PM

205. I don't think I've EVER seen Madfloridian

do any unfair or disrespectful bashing of OBama. Yes, I call him OBama, just like I called Bush, Bush and Clinton, Clinton. I see no need to to say "President." I know he's the president, you know he's the president.

And what's this "your side" BS? Since I'm a progressive Democrat... that would make "your side" conservative Republican. If you are conservative Republican, what are you doing here?

Seems to me liberals get unfairly and disrespectfully bashed here constantly, and in the administration, too... OBama's former right-hand man called us all "fucking retarded." The ones who are always stomping around and shouting the loudest are the neo-libs who chide any who dare criticise the President.

OBama called himself a moderate Republican. There's video of him saying that...you can look it up if you'd like. If that's what you wanted, then you must be a very happy person, because we sure got us a moderate Republican.

I didn't vote for Nader, and I haven't sat out an election since I turned 18. So the person who wrote that us liberals voted for Nader and sat out 2010 is full of crap. Even though, most of the time, I have to hold my nose when I vote, I still vote Democratic. I find it amusing that liberals are now being called RW trolls.

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #205)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:24 PM

212. Uh, you seem a little upset.

I don't think that MadFloridian needs your defense or protection. And I doubt seriously that you are in a position to speak for "us liberals." Just FWIW, I voted for JFK and every Democrat since.

And if you put "Dubya" in the same sentence with President Obama, I see no need to continue this discussion. That pretty much says it all, and you have made my point for me.

Toodles...

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Response to billh58 (Reply #212)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:47 PM

216. Your reading comprehension

isn't too good.

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #216)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:56 PM

223. Personal attack?

That's all you've got?...

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Response to kurtzapril4 (Reply #205)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:48 PM

217. Thank you.

I feel overwhelmed here now, like where did this come from...this calling names like this.

Those are kind words, and I appreciate them.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 05:57 PM

69. How dare DU keep trying to be progressive.

Don't they know that it's not their father's Democratic Party anymore?

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #69)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:15 PM

90. Tell me more about Bernie Sanders being a filthy capitalist.

You are aware that he voted for this?

The only card Republicans had to play was the thousands of Americans who suddenly find themselves stripped of unemployment benefits. They played that card to the tune of raising the tax cuts to $400K. I'll accept that, as Bernie did.

If you're suggesting that these folks should go without their benefits for the sake of a line in the sand and liberal purism, then I don't have much else to say to you. We'll just have to agree to disagree.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #90)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:00 PM

131. Whew.

At least you let us all know how little you know about politics and how Washington works. Citing Bernie's vote is so clueless. Can you show me where Bernie says that this was a good idea?

So you wanna flame me because of Bernie's vote? Is the fact that you champion a bill that mitch mcconnel voted for mean that you support his ideas?

Now. As for the rest of your uninformed blather. Try reading any of the hundreds of articles and posts by progressive and even the moderately left that point out how the "cliff" was a shibboleth that meant nothing. If the idiot republicans in the house don't pass the bill, we will get a better one in the next week. There was not any chance of unemployment benefits being cut by Dems or a majority of the pubs. Try to keep up with what is going on if you want to comment.

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Response to Jakes Progress (Reply #131)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:05 PM

174. ?? Unemployment benefits for thousands of Americans are currently EXPIRED.

They were part of the cliff and they ain't coming back until the House votes to extend them.

Bernie has been very vocal about what he would and would not vote for during this process. This passed muster for him.

And yes, we will get a better bill if House Republicans don't vote for it. It's entirely likely they won't. And it's entirely likely the administration knew that when negotiating this bill. That's how badly the Republicans have fucked up with this.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #174)

Thu Jan 3, 2013, 06:34 PM

338. So you vote with boehner and ryan. And no benefits not gone.

Try reading about the deals more closely.

It may be fun to quick rant and jump up and down. But if you really follow the stuff and spend a little time trying to understand instead of just wave pom poms, you won't look as silly in hindsight.

The president is a good guy. He just isn't the be-all and end-all that all the celebrity politics newcomers would like.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:01 PM

74. I've been shaking my head at DU every day since the election

and mostly I've been replying then deleting before I send, realizing it's just not worth my time.

I've wondered often where all the peace and sense of getting good stuff accomplished went between the election and today.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:01 PM

75. Thats no cave it's a sp... ahem

No I don't see any cave in site. Not if the majority (massive majority as in all..) conservatives are bitching. At least on the left it's not quite as bad. I didn't expect the $250,000 min to pass. I'm surprised a $400,000 mark actually did. If Obama caved that would be maybe $900,000. So we care complaining about the up on limit by $150,000?? bonk , this is called a panic where people yell at other Dems etc. hey the Republicans are in a civil war not us.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:05 PM

78. K&R

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:12 PM

86. I am not going to Flame

I am okay with this deal for now, if it passes. The only thing that bothers me about it, is we have to go through all this again in March. I wish they could have given us at least a year's break from all this "drama."

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:12 PM

87. K&R, could have been much worse

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:14 PM

88. I agree. Negotiation and compromise is how it works.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:19 PM

98. We've had our silliness since the beginning of DU

Sometimes this place is like Camelot...

Monte Python's Camelot

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:20 PM

99. I just hope those that want us to call the bluff and go over are...

ready to donate more food, cloths, etc for all the new homeless it will cause.
I want then to come up with a plan. I do not want them to play chicken and end up hurting people that are already hurt.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:21 PM

101. most well-off/rich DUers agree with you

it's all about the economic reality you live in.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:24 PM

103. some of my friends are glad that it's not $250,000

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:26 PM

104. consider myself to be hard left

But do agree with op. We are trying to move a gigantic iceberg that has been built by the right for the last 40 years. This takes time and patience. Carry on good people, carry on.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:39 PM

113. Your entire premise is skewed...i.e...

Do you beleive that 16.4 trillion national debt with deficits over a trillion per year is sustainable?

Do you think that Democratic politicians are setting the bar very high if they accept revenue that now makes it appear that the rich, redefined to 450K and above are paying their fair share?

Do you think the rethugs are going to allow the President to bring up revenue (as a measure of tax rate increases on the rich) again when talking about the debt ceiling or future budgets?

Did you think it was smart that the President started the discussion on SS cuts with the chained CPI cave?

Yes this place has gone crazy because the moderate center right Politician President Obama didn't win a damn thing and was playing with the best cards and the most money at the table....

Where are the White House discussions of handling the debt with policies that would protect the most vulnerable i.e....

VAT
Transaction Taxes
Wealth Taxes
Firearms yearly taxes

Why hasn't ourside set the bar with these????????

Tell me again who is winning this debate?



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Response to humbled_opinion (Reply #113)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:44 PM

120. 1. I believe that much of the lost revenue in the 250K-400K bracket...

...will be recouped in increased spending (yes, I'll admit, a bit of trickle-down)

2. I think we all know the real battle is defense spending. Having given up a bit in revenue, Dems are better poised to make a dent here, IMO. Republicans are certainly more poorly poised to defend it given their current performance ratings.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #120)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:34 PM

159. Silly....

The President is not a true Defense cutter, he is trying to help stave off sequestration ffs...and the Democrats in congress don't ever try and force him to do things he doesn't want to....

He fiddles around the edges with some weapons systems and trvial cuts, but he is the CIC and has never given me reason to believe that he will lower the deficit with cuts to the military....

Nope he is the one bought in on SS cuts we will get chained CPI on SS and probably worse before all is said and done.

He just squandered an aboslute wonderful opportunity to really soak the rich... He could have allowed the thugs to take us over the cliff assigning all political blame to them.... then he could have had Democrats draft and push a tax cut for those making 200K and below and a tax increase for those making above (pick your defined rich man amount) and increased them to 45 percent or more... He could have then dared Repubs not to support the tax cut and the net would have gotten him a serious chunk out of the deficit and better negotiating position for the debt ceiling i.e., he could simply say that deficit reduction can be accomplished by cutting deductions in the tax code and that combined with the big tax increases would have netted him enough to have his cake and eat it too...

but you dreamers keep talking about cutting defense, won't, can't happen both sides poltiiticans are beholden to the MIC...

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:41 PM

114. Rome all over again,

but I agree on most points.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:41 PM

115. I Agree Fully With Your Sentiments About DU of Late

Yes we are the Left but sometimes we sound like the loony Left the Right talks about. Some feel that we should have not compromised one damn inch to get a deal. I for one am not sure how to accomplish that but perhaps those who complain about any compromises made by the Dems know. If not they should rethink their position that this is a "cave in".

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Response to Indykatie (Reply #115)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:18 PM

207. DU has a "loony left" rep.

Amongst the *other* progressive sites.

So I guess we've been living up the reputation lately.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:42 PM

116. This is an okay stopgap...

It could be much worse, like raising retirement age, etc. Since this only is old for a few months dems need to start using the news to inform their constituents.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:43 PM

118. Speaking of not understanding how politics work...

The deal isn't a temporary extension of the Bush tax cuts for those making under $450k, but a permanent one. Which means to undo it, you're going to have to get politicians to agree to raise taxes on people making $450k and below. This is going to cost us ~$2.8 trillion in the next ten years, and you better believe that the increases to the debt that it causes are going to have the right-wing coming with knives for any social program they can. Perhaps we can make up for some of that through closing loopholes or raising taxes on the rich. But if you don't think that the right are going to demand some social spending cuts to pay for this deal, you haven't been paying attention.

Oh, and don't forget that the Republicans may gain power again in the next few years. Bush was able to use surpluses to push massive tax cuts; the next Republican president very well may use deficits to push massive spending cuts.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:44 PM

119. totally agree.

some of the posters on DU hate Obama more than many Republicans I know. Posting their hate here is preverse and just plain dishonest.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:49 PM

122. That's a six hundred billion dollar difference and with the

 

400,000 dollar level cast in stone, there is no latitude on revenue when the February real cliff comes up and suddenly we're talking chained CPI and "means testing". That's what's going to happen. That's what the Republicans meant this morning when they said they now have greater leverage. I've been doing politics for 48 years now. The deal we got was marginal at best. When you win a presidency by as much we did with a president winning by over 51 per cent for only the second consecutive run times in history since Eisenhower, you don't have to pussyfoot around. And that's politics 101 Johnson style. Come February let's see what happens next.

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Response to plethoro (Reply #122)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:50 AM

245. There are still cuts in deductions

especially with corporate taxes to negotiate for. The deal for the future is $1 in tax increases for $1 in spending cuts, so taxes will go up more.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:51 PM

126. Until we scrape the last vestiges of these buffoons from our shoes...

...we need to accept that we can't get everything we want. The GOP is dying but its corpse will be stinking the place up for some time to come.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 06:54 PM

128. Republicans got everything they wanted

its called caving. Its called weak leadership. Its called being a chickenshit when facing republicans thugs.


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Response to 4dsc (Reply #128)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:05 PM

135. or being a fraud

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Response to 4dsc (Reply #128)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:07 PM

137. bitch bitch bitch

Bitch bitch bitch bitch bitch

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Response to 4dsc (Reply #128)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:26 PM

147. If they got everything they wanted, why are they so miserable?

Perfect deal, no. But I'm not seeing the "everything they wanted part."

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #147)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:37 AM

260. Obama never was a "liberal".

 

Obama has always been a doll that everyone painted the face they wanted on. He is a politician and thank God/ess for that! He is the man we force him to be. I find that many on the left are just either lazy or ignorant of the political process, and the squeaky wheel gets grease. Call the white house, call representatives, write write write. It works.

And join the Democratic party locally if you can, to do something. it is how the Republicans in their Southern Strategy stole the south, and how the Tea Party took over the Republicans, we should do no less.

Be well

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #147)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:43 PM

321. I guess you missed the smirks.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #147)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:28 PM

329. They're not miserable in the least.

But as long as they keep complaining, they get more.

And more.

And more...

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Response to 4dsc (Reply #128)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:00 PM

170. That explains the revolt amongst House Republicans.

FYI, Boehner's "Plan B" called for a tax hike on those making $1 MILLION or more. Republicans also want a shit-ton of spending cuts. They got neither in this deal.

So no, I don't think this deal is quite to their liking.

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Response to 4dsc (Reply #128)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:24 PM

213. Another fact- free rant on courage and leadership

from an Internet tough guy.

Our nation is in your debt.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:01 PM

132. Sorry for not drinking the kool-aid

NOT

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:03 PM

134. NO CUTS FOR BIG WAR. Bad idea.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #134)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:20 PM

146. That's the big one for me. The neglect to cut military spending is

 

tacit approval for starting endless wars. I don't know whether we are ancient Rome or the late great British Empire, but with this endless military spending we are headed for destruction. And that won't matter if we have a drone watching every crosswalk. Russia and/or China will finally say Enough and they'll be an ICBM headed for DC. And that particular cliff once breached will never be mounted again. I know there is a hidden text here, and I am fairly confident I know what it is. But this is not place to discuss it.

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Response to grahamhgreen (Reply #134)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:29 PM

152. No spending cuts on anything, but the squestor for defense is still there


By separating tax cuts from the spending he is going to put the Repubicans in a very difficult position.

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Response to grantcart (Reply #152)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:15 PM

179. I have not seen that, do you have a link?

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:07 PM

138. i usually pore over DU and read so much every day

but lately with the fiscal cliff i've just backed off. thank you for validating my decision. the whole issue is so frustrating anyway. i do believe for what it's worth that the president and the vice president have worked hard for the american people. republicans particularly those in the house drive me apeshit. they so clearly do not give a rat's ass about the country. it's so damn clear.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:15 PM

141. You are so spot on

I'm glad to see someone spell it out. It's called negotiation, not a cave. You start at one figure but are willing to give a little to get to a larger goal. I too am tired of the teabagger-like inflexibility around here.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:28 PM

151. Same Shit, Different Day

I simply must remind myself that we FDR Democrats must share the same space as the New Dems (Blue Dogs) on this board.

After reviewing the responses here, I cannot believe how the "New Dems" are treating the traditional Dems in this thread. The name calling reveals exactly what they are about. Disgusting! FDR Dems seem to be the only ones holding the banner of true Dem principles while beIng called out as the "looney left" and being on the fringe. Someone here even stated that some on the left are jealous of other Dems that have money. Sound familiar?

Yes...this place has changed. I really miss the days when I was just considered a Democrat and not someone on the looney left.

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #151)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:48 PM

168. + a million

 

There are plenty of real progressives still here, fortunately, and you are right about the nauseating tone of many responses on this thread. Lots of liberal/progressive bashing, and I don't think most of these posters even realize a lot of them are sounding like freepers/right wingers.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #168)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:03 PM

172. Exactly!

You make an excellent point. They are sounding a lot like the Right. I really don't think they hear themselves.

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #151)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:54 PM

202. And you better vote next year for the DINOs, or it's all your fault!

the president, and the rest of the "New Dems", apologists, DINOs, and hate mongers on DU will make SURE you hear about it.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #202)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:56 AM

249. I saw you complaining about the same thing yesterday

So I went through 3.5 google pages of your posts. I couldn't find anybody being rude to you, except once in response to your calling someone a "limbicile" in a post that ended up being hidden.

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Response to creeksneakers2 (Reply #249)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:37 PM

306. MUAHAHAHA

Like liberals haven't been blamed for the 2010 debacle a few hundred times on DU? It's a lie of course, but like most conservative memes it gets repeated so often that it becomes "common knowledge".

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #151)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:02 PM

204. CORRECT

you nail it

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #151)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:24 PM

210. The good ol' days of 2010?

Just curious.

I think the DU you're referencing died at least before the 2008 primaries.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #210)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:02 PM

225. I am always amused by the whining about "name calling" from those who can't

remind every one (especially themselves) fast enough that they are "REAL liberals" and "TRUE progressives."

Apparently names and labels are great as long as you are the one doing the name calling and making the labels. That always cracks me the hell up.

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Response to Number23 (Reply #225)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:35 PM

326. +1000000000000

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:30 PM

156. It's not what I would have wanted either.

However, as the Rolling Stones said so many years ago, "you can't always get what you want."

I will give Mr. Obama credit for at least trying. That's a hell of a lot more than we would have got from Romney, who would have had the Bush tax cuts enshrined in Holy Writ, not to mention doing his hardest to undo the ACA (he promised to do that, remember?).

Yes, on a lot of things Mr. Obama has tacked too far to the centre-right for me. I would have liked to have seen him go for single-payer health care (he tried to build on the existing non-system partly to try to get Republicans on board, which was never going to happen) or at least buck Max Baucus on the public option. I am disappointed that Guantanamo Bay is still open, and that the USA Patriot Act still exists.

However, I was even more disappointed in Bill Clinton when the Republicans wouldn't even let his health care reform bill be voted on...he just turned over and let them (and Rush Limbaugh) kick him. He tried as hard as he could to be "Republican-lite" for his second term, even when they tried to BBQ him over Monica Lewinsky.

Mr. Obama has not been perfect, but I never expected perfection from him.

Remember too that the GOP has let Grover Norquist grab them by their collective short-and-curlies. He, Wayne LaPierre and Rush Limbaugh are their ideological overlords.

I consider myself left-of-centre (if not socialist) on most things. However, I served in the military and am proud of it, and I am a Christian and refuse to be shamed because of that, neither of which go down well with some members of DU. Live with it.

Like my dad used to say, "opinions are like assholes...everybody's got one and they all stink, but some more than others."

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:31 PM

157. + 1 billion - no flame from me!

We have to start somewhere and there's no way perfection was going to be achieved. I'm not 100% happy with the whole thing but it's better than nothing and it's making the Rs barking mad and they're going to drown themselves in their own bath tub and that makes me happiest of all.

I'm so sick of the hystrionics and BS being spread by the nervous nellies who would rather bitch than put actual skin in the game by getting their asses out there to run for office.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:35 PM

160. I agree with you. Many DUers are naive about the political process.

I was thrilled that a deal was struck in the senate that will potentially have a big positive impact on millions of lives.

The house republicans are one of the most reviled groups of people in America.

Even mainstream republicans are sick of them.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #160)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:56 PM

169. I think this deal was Senate Republicans washing their hands of House R's.

Like rats from a sinking ship.

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Response to Barack_America (Reply #169)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:00 PM

314. Yes!! And hopefully the new congress will be

Able to attract some GOP house members over to the winning side. I think this is a strong possibility because of the dem gains and the direction the winds of history are blowing.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:37 PM

162. Agree

Thank you.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 07:45 PM

166. Yes.

Thanks.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:02 PM

171. my my, another "lefty fringe", blah blah,blah post

no doubt based on the comments from a few/small percentage of posters.

The only question that remains is whether or not it is motivated by the same desire to silence any and all criticism that has grown so prevalent around here. We can never ever tell because there is never any evidence/examples provided, making them pretty much hollow and useless claims.

What's particularly amusing is the implicit, and in some cases, explicit claim of many in that obscenely intolerant crowd that they have superior if not a monopoly on political acumen. The reality is, while this "deal", should it go through, may be tolerable and acceptable in some ways, it is objectively unreasonable in others.

As a matter of substance, the Biden-McConnell compromise is neither great nor terrible. It contains some good provisions and some bad ones. But as a matter of politics, it could wind up being a disaster. Rather than bringing the parties together in the national interest, it sets the stage for more Republican gamesmanship while the economy hangs in the balance.http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/editorial/bs-ed-fiscal-cliff-20130101,0,5837371.story


This is really nothing more than the late middle/early end game, and the outcome of "the game" is still in doubt, as is the wisdom of these moves already made. I'm surprised that those so full of themselves and political acumen either didn't know or have forgotten that.

“While some appear to think his team folded in the cliff debate, I don’t see it that way,” Mr. Bernstein said. “They saw a plausible path forward, and they took it. My point is it’s only plausible if they really don’t get derailed on the debt ceiling debate.”


Should BHO be willing to "negotiate" over the debt ceiling with wood like chained-cpi, etc, after drawing a line in the sand over that like most presumed the 250K figure to be, can we expect another "lefty fringe doesn't know how politics work" post from you should criticism follow another "change" some have come to expect and believe in?



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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:03 PM

173. Way to think more than two minutes into the future.

Wow we are fucked....

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:10 PM

176. Hell Eisenhower would have been considered ''extremist left'' these days.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:12 PM

178. We have no idea how to deal with leadership. We are great at opposition.

Fortunately, it is a vocal minority that is so loudly opposed to every move Obama makes. Unfortunately, they are tireless.

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Response to Buzz Clik (Reply #178)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:32 PM

197. It's really kind of amusing, I'm one of the harsher Obama critics here although I don't do OPs much

And yet back when 90% of DU was wailing that Obama blew the first debate, I posted this.

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=1480985

I personally like Obama in many ways but I have learned from painful experience not to trust anyone at all completely and I have no idea what he is actually trying to accomplish so it makes it difficult for me to support him when he may or may not be playing 11 dimensional chess.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:19 PM

180. COMPROMISE

Sometimes it's hard to let go of party loyalty and look at the whole picture. And sometimes drawing a line in the sand and demonstrating leadership when core values are at stake is also how politics work. We compromised with the war hawks in Afghanistan. We compromised with the Wall Street banksters. We compromised our civil liberties. We compromised with the drug companies and health insurance companies. We compromised our values ignoring the previous administration's use of torture and manufacturing war . We compromised our integrity by appointing the VP of Monsanto as a senior adviser to the FDA. We continue to compromise the planet allowing the oil and "clean" coal companies to write our energy polices. Next up, cutting the public safety net defended by two generations of Democratic leaders. And that too will be rationalized as a necessary compromise. After all, only the vast majority of democrats and the majority of the public are against the cuts to Medicare and Social Security as they were against raising the cap for the Bush tax cuts. But you see, we have these irrational extreme RW Republicans who must be continually appeased and apparently for some that's how politics work.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:27 PM

181. Not too bad a deal

considering the lot of Corporate, warmongering Imperialists doing the negotiations.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 08:57 PM

185. I agree that DU has gone over a cliff...

...and it's maddening. I hate to see everyone at each others throats. We're all Democrats, are we not?

Koch Brother Teabaggers grew from the fact that PO was elected in 2008, the country was left with GWBs big financial mess, the stupid electorate gave the Teabaggers the House in 2010, and now the "Republican Party" is supposedly entangled in a civil war (which is a good thing.)

And what are we doing??? Tearing each other limb form limb! Look it...I dream of another FDR almost every day. But for some ungodly reason, they must have broken the mold, because an old-fashioned FDR type is nowhere to be found. The year is now 2013, not the 1930s, and Barack Obama is our President. GWB's style for 8 long effing years was "my-way-or-the-highway." Do we think PO should do the same thing? I say, no. It was wrong when GWB did it and it would be wrong now if PO did it.

So, here we are and we must work with what we've got. PO is NOT a total failure because he's not a GWB or an FDR. Yes, I wish he would go further. Sometimes I feel like pulling my hair out. The world's going to hell in a hand-basket. We come to DU for some sanity and some kind of solace and meeting of the minds and what do we find? A great big war of words. Sometimes I think we even have some serious trolling going on.

I hope in the new year we can be a little more tolerant of each others differing views of what it means to be a Democrat.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #185)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:03 PM

186. +1

Well said!

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Response to ReRe (Reply #185)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:28 AM

254. "We're all Democrats, are we not?"

You can never be too sure about that. Wingnut trolls have been known to want to infiltrate left-leaning sites in attempt to start some shit on the forums, whether it's posting some RW talking points or pretending to be hardcore libs and attacking various Dems from the left.

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Response to CheapShotArtist (Reply #254)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:09 PM

317. I know...

...I think trolls are a big problem, but I am speaking to the nontrolls. I'd probably get allerted on if I said what needs to be done to them SOBs, so I won't. Just let your imagination go wild about what we need to do to those trolls...

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:17 PM

191. People are mostly going to focus on the payroll tax hike.

The payroll tax holiday (which should never have existed in the first place) will end and people will see a large decrease in their take home pay, unless taxes are cut somewhere else.

I personally will take a hit of about 50 dollars, not a lot in the scheme of things but enough to make me worried about money in the coming months. People do not understand that this was a tax cut that shouldn't have happened in the first place, but they are dependent on the money now. And it will also give the Republicans ammunition for the next election.

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Response to alarimer (Reply #191)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:53 PM

232. Payroll tax holiday ends ==> "OBAMA RAISED MY TAXES!!!1!1!!1!"

If anyone thinks the Repukes won't play this to the hilt for the next two years, their naivete is astounding.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:22 PM

194. yeah... Reich to the contrary, $400k is okay

Not so okay is the big-ass exemption on the estate tax. But there's nothing in this deal that can't be completely done over if we get a house majority one or two cycles from now.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 09:54 PM

203. I see I got banned

From the"Robert Reich : The deal emerging from the Senate is a lousy one. Let me count the ways:" thread. The nitpickers has a sad!

I don't apologize for that now-hidden post one bit! They're just as bad as the teabaggers!

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:23 PM

209. True that!

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:25 PM

214. The $400,000 cap is not a problem to me.

But I'm wondering what will happen when it's time to lift the debt ceiling. What do you think will happen then? Will the cuts come then? It's kind of open and vague in my view.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:48 PM

218. No flames here. I get how it works. We came out pretty good.

And I expect things to continue to improve for us. I'm good.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:50 PM

219. TELL IT. Appreciation threads for blatant "with a capital B" trolls

Hair on fire threads every 14 damn seconds. Constant screaming about everything, facts be damned. Folks who just absolutely HAVE to post threads "reminding" all of us (as if we are ever, EVER given the opportunity to forget) how much they dislike/distrust this president even as negotiations were still happening.

It's a sad situation but I knew 2 things would happen re: the fiscal cliff: 1) no matter WHAT the president did, GD would scream about it. 2) the main people that would be the most up in arms would be the denizens of GD and the Republicans -- oh, what strange bedfellows! And damn if I wasn't right on both counts.

It's strange that, for the amount of interest in politics on this board, how many don't seem to understand how they work.

Kicking and recing too

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Response to Number23 (Reply #219)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:06 PM

226. Wow...every 14 seconds???

If that's the case, what does that tell you? It should tell you that there are plenty of people on this board that continue to carry the Democratic banner and the principles it represents.

-P

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Response to WiffenPoof (Reply #226)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:08 PM

228. Actually, it sounds to me that there are plenty of people on this board who fit the profile

that the OP mentioned to a T -- for all of their "knowledge" of politics, they don't have the first damn clue how to actually APPLY that knowledge in any meaningful way besides screaming their heads off.

You may consider that "carrying the Democratic banner" but I and a whoooole bunch of others call it counter-productive stupidity. And damn, it's annoying.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 10:56 PM

224. Had a huge argument with Dad and brother who consider the president weak and a

coward. They're not susceptible to a basic civics lesson; it's all raw emotion.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Tue Jan 1, 2013, 11:56 PM

233. I Wish I could Buy In Like That

Obama is another "he's not as bad as the other guy" guy to so many of us. So quite a few of us are weary of it and would like to see a real liberal.

One thing he just said made me scream at my TV. It was when he said he agreed that Medicare was the biggest drain on the budget or something like that. It's just not true, it's the defense budget but nobody outside Kucinich and a few others both see that and have the spine to mouth it.

All of our infrastructure is crumbling and the longer we let it go to build more planes and tanks and let billionaires skate on taxes the more unreliable it will become.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:03 AM

235. Wow! I just joined a week ago

Maybe I just came at a bad time.

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Response to Claybrains (Reply #235)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:16 AM

239. don't leave, most of DU is really great

Sometimes people just lose it, for whatever reason. But stick around, you'll find some amazing people here. I promise.

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Response to shireen (Reply #239)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:50 AM

246. Not going anywhere

I came here to improve my knowledge of politics, so that I can fire back at all of my GOP family and friends. So it seems these arguments might just improve my arguments.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:04 AM

236. DU is doing just fine, most of the time

Budget negotiations are a complex process, true. Washington is full of rumors that get reported as news. It's no wonder that people don't always have the right facts. But when the president backs away from a campaign promise, even if you thinks it's for the greater good, DU'ers have a right to protest it.

What this place needs is more civility and empathy. And patience. People really need to try harder to be more non-judgmental.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:11 AM

238. What it amounts to

 

is negotiations on the terms of our servitude.

Some see through it, some don't.

What you classify as "most Americans" is classic argument technique where you assert a "self claimed truth" in your hypothesis.

"Most Americans" would see through this.

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Response to JReed (Reply #238)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:51 AM

270. Thank you. nt

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:42 AM

244. $1,000 less per year take home for my family yet...

...they couldn't see fit to raise the Social Security cap instead?

YEAH....LET'S CELEBRATE!!

WOO HOO!!!




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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:07 AM

251. Many here agree with you!

Unfortunately, the complainers are the noisier of the bunch.

There was a time when you could post here without receiving ugly replies from other Dems, but civility went out the window when GWB and his ilk were in power. Now, we are left with many bullies here at DU.

I used to embrace the fact that Dems did not walk in lockstep like the Right Wingers. But, it has become a badge of honor around here to complain, criticize and. Just find fault with everything President Obama does.

And, misery likes company.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:07 AM

252. I'm tired of posts like this

Everybody and their brother seems to be making posts about "how politics works" on this site, but I see precious little evidence that those who use the phrase understand politics outside of watching CNN. I see the magic words "compromise" and "negotiation" thrown about, but, honestly, I often get the feeling that they're used for their talismanic quality, as opposed to actual description. It sounds like sports fans talking about their team trying to pick up a new player as opposed to informed citizens watching their government like hawks (necessary no matter who's in office). It has the feel of the self-appointed "enlightened" deigning to lecture the poor, unwashed proles on "reality." The worst part is that I suspect it's almost always ignorant condescension, which just makes it more insulting. It's an annoying trait on this board and I'd prefer to see it gone.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:05 AM

258. After four years of total, intransigent obstruction by the GOP

We should be enjoying this moment -- when our president and
vice president deftly steered the country farther to "the left".

It may not be as ideal as I/we would have it, but it's a big gain
in the direction we desire. Finally, after four years of stonewalling,
a big chunk of legislation is passed in favor of the Blue Team (who
have held the Senate and Executive Office for four years!)

Aside from the Affordable Care Act, this is a huge accomplishment.
The GOP may be waking from their delusions a little bit. Democrats
won the last election; the GOP lost. The majority of Americans don't
buy their talking points and bullshit anymore. The greed-heads who
broke the country with their fascist policies are now being held to
account and to pay for the damage they wreaked.

Yup, it's not $250,000; it's only $400,000. BUT the rate is 39.6%
rather than some lesser rate the republicans were pushing to get.

Appreciate that the inertia has changed. Congress is no longer a
"body at rest" (i.e. doing nothing just to spite President Obama)

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:27 AM

259. That clique would express only tepid support of the President if he...

Personally dawned a black hoodie and tossed molotov cocktails into a Starbucks, Toyota dealership and Apple Store before pissing on the sidewalk at an Occupy rally and then lighting up a dutch master while officiating a wiccan same-sex wedding before admonishing the witch couple for the made in China witch figurines on their cake.

Obama never claimed he was Maxmilien Robespierre.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:46 AM

262. You nailed it. ENOUGH of the diatribes of the TeaLeftistNonReality wing.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:19 AM

263. You are correct, what I have noticed on this site is that

no matter what Obama has done it isn't enough, if you look at everything he has done without the help of Congress it is unbelievable.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:22 AM

265. Lock step

is something I thought I'd only encounter on the starboard tack.

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Response to Jim Warren (Reply #265)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:33 AM

268. what lockstep?

funny that this thread demonstrates the opposite.

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Response to Jim Warren (Reply #265)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:55 AM

271. Artist Jim Warren ?

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Response to Trajan (Reply #271)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:07 AM

272. Been called that

but yes, I try to be.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:30 AM

267. I agree with the OP completely

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 05:40 AM

269. Not many lefties left.

Maybe this will be the next great washing of DU? The next great purge and the DU march to the right to continue? Will you finally be happy when the only ones left are you right wingers?


Who will you and the other bullies have left to bully?

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Response to aandegoons (Reply #269)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:34 AM

274. We have a lot of DLC'rs and PNAC'rs who don't know the difference between

left of the Republican's and being Left politically.

Left of the Republicans by a little bit is still being a right wing extremist in my book.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:36 AM

275. FDR and the New Deal are the touch point of the Democratic party. If you cannot own that you

are not a democrat QED. The Civil Rights Act, the Great Society initiatives were all about taking care of the whole of America.

Those of us who have fought the long battle against the creep to the right were not extreme in 1964, 1968 or 1972. We did not cave over the Contra wars or the Gulf wars. We are tired of those who don't really care what that history is, who cannot see the past as reference to the future.

How the goals are reached can have as much impact as getting there does. Deal with it!

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #275)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:02 AM

280. And President Obama is about taking care of the whole of America

 

1968,1980,2000 showed what 3rd parties and fractures can do

10% forward is a helleva lot better than 100% of nothing or going backward

those Naderites and 3rd party ites and the RonPaulites should go to those sites and post there and btw, Ron Paul makes now $50,000 a speech of less than an hour. Talk about the 1%.
Wish I could make $50,000 for speaking gibberish and then flying off in a private jet and doing it 4 times a day. Hell in 5 days I could make a million off the very people he bilked being congress getting nothing accomplished

and I see Bernie Sanders voted FOR the bill.
Takes the wind out of those who said Bernie was the only one they trusted
Seems Bernie trusts Obama, so those that love Bernie should love Obama.
(same thing with Kucinich the last 4 years, when his vote was needed, he voted with Obama every single time).

people seem not to realize the Al Frankens, the Bernies, the Kucinich's are ALL team players
(which thankfully the other side doesn't adhere too, hence their civil war which is better for us in the long term)

I really think lots of people do not realize how the US works and has worked since the declaration of independence.(which was trash anyhow in that all men are created equal did not mean women or anyone that didn't look like Thomas Jefferson or act like he personally did).
Glad Jefferson is finally getting a re-look at and more and more finding he was a disgusting human being and an A#1 hypocrite.

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Response to Ford_Prefect (Reply #275)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:28 PM

303. +1

Nicely stated

Welcome to DU

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 07:21 AM

281. I've realized that Democrats need both

fiery ideologues and the negotiators. The former without the latter scares the tepid public, and the latter without the former looks toothless to our opponents. Friction between these halves is normal, but sometimes we need to get a grip and drop the pitchforks.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 08:03 AM

284. Compromise

I,too, think compromise is essential to any democracy. If we expect republicans to compromise, then Democrats should too and model acceptable was to govern instead of saying NO to everything.
If we want republicans to work with us, then we need to stand true to democratic principles.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 09:26 AM

286. I just joined this site a few days ago

But I have to agree with you.

If I didn't know that there will ALWAYS be a split between people who are politically invested in politics and people who are emotionally invested in politics, regardless of party affiliation, I would have been sorely disappointed by many of the comments that I saw regarding the fiscal cliff compromise.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:34 AM

292. Not a flame (hopefully)

I guess I would be considered "far left" in today's political climate: I would love a social-welfare democracy like Sweden, Norway, even Germany. However, I understand what is and isn't possible in America.

But I am concerned about this deal. I want Obama to be successful and I want to avoid financial pain for the most vulnerable in America. But I also know that part of the calculus is leverage and many liberal economists I trust (Krugman, Reich, etc.) felt that Obama could have used the leverage of the cliff (even if we went over it) to get more with giving less. And there are still more hostage situations coming up (i.e., the debt ceiling) where strong backbone will be needed.

I'm reserving judgment on this until I read and know more. But from those who think we should "stop whining," I'd rather hear them address in a concrete way the concerns that: (1) we've lost the leverage against a debt ceiling confrontation, (2) we may not be able to trust Obama to hold out against social program cuts when dealing with the sequester given that he uses the rhetoric of belt-tightening, etc.

By all means, let's disagree - that's what makes this site interesting and not an echo chamber. But let's not attack each other. There's enough of that going on.

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Response to EuroStyleSocialist (Reply #292)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:48 AM

295. What he said!

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 10:46 AM

294. K & R

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:16 AM

296. No flames from me. I am SICK of the whining

from people who are supposedly dems. People woked damn hard getting him re-elected, and now they turn into crybabies at the first thing. He isn't Santa Claus, people. The ones screaming are as bad as repukes frankly.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:21 AM

297. Yup

I'm not getting the whole 'Obama just has to wave his magic wand and stuff happens' perception.

Politics are a difficult process.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 11:59 AM

300. When the deal was announced and

the cap was set at $400,000, my wife—who is your average American—said, "I can live with that."

To my mind, the people who insist that anything above $250,000 is a loser for Obama (and the nation) is no different than the tea baggers with their "my way or the highway" attitude toward governance.

Politics is about compromise—it CAN'T be anything else—and to my mind, Obama and the country got the far better end of the deal. That's all we can really hope for.

There's ideology and then there's reality. Cherish your ideals, but know that reality will always trump them.

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Response to WeekendWarrior (Reply #300)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:34 PM

304. Yep.

Of course we can do better, but we have to face reality.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:37 PM

305. Okay.

Here you go:

When the Republican/right agenda is allowed at the table, and the agenda of the American left is not, you don't get honest, authentic compromise.

This deal could have been worse, to be sure. It could have been a hell of a lot better, too, and would have been if agenda items from the American left were ever allowed on the table to begin with.

One way to raise revenues is to increase taxes; that was on the table. We might have made better gains here if the other way to raise revenues was allowed.

Another way to raise revenues is to increase spending. That was not on the table.

Was strengthening SS on the table? Lowering the retirement age, increasing the benefits? SS does not add to the deficit, but it does add to the economy, since those dollars tend to be SPENT, not saved. If cutting SS can be on the table, then strengthening should damned well have been there, too.

Was stimulating the economy through domestic government spending on the table? Austerity is a terrible drag on economic growth. Or did we just accept that the only spending allowed would be military spending, and that austere domestic cuts would somehow help?

Was supporting American workers and their rights on the table? Higher earnings = more taxes paid, more spending.

These are just 3 of many items that could have been on the table, could have been considered, but weren't.

I don't think this place has gone crazy, unless you think the only reason this place exists is to be an echo chamber applauding the "Baracking" of America every time the left gets left off the table.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:38 PM

307. Don't be so hard own your DU sisters and brothers

it is in our nature to be critical, many of us aren't so easily pleased. I think skeptics and naysayers play a crucial role, it is their words and work, that don't let the powers that be, basked in self-congratulatory when there is much work to be done.

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Response to Barack_America (Original post)

Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:42 PM

308. When you read between the lines, the only criticism is "Not enough of the people we wanted taxed got

taxed."

After having Social Security and Medicare tax threatened, and a risk we wouldnt get an extension of benefits for the unemployed, THAT is what the hair on fire crowd comes up with?

"Not enough of the people we wanted taxed got taxed"


Excuse me if I find that not the remotest bit, not the slightest nor in any other way compelling.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:42 PM

309. Those Outraged Have Almost Certainly Never Negotiated Anything of Significance in Their Entire Lives

Otherwise they would realize that $250k was the opening bid. That's how negotiations work. It was positioning, Obama went in with $250, knowing he'd move on it. Just like Repubs went in with $1m. The fact that we didn't split the difference, but came EVEN LOWER than half what the GOP's opening gambit was, means Obama got the best of them on AT LEAST that point.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 12:44 PM

310. Excellent, excellent, excellent...sorry I read this after so many responses...

...you are entirely correct. If the average DUer doesn't get 110% of what THEY want (forget the others) they bitch and moan and whine.

Except for the fact that the cost cuts have to be revisited within the next two months I think this deal is GREAT, much more than any rational, practical Democrat/liberal/progressive could have hoped for. McConnell is the one who caved, and he's going to be eating a lot of crow for several months.

Glad I'm not the only one around here who is getting sick of all the bitching...........it's getting really out of hand.

Don't worry, no flame from me!

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:49 PM

322. Harry Reid Threw Obama Fiscal Cliff Proposal Into Burning Fireplace

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 01:59 PM

323. Excellent post

For me, it's the "if you don't agree with me, that makes you a; DINO, DLC, Third Way, New Democrat, Conservative, Cheerleader."

The saints of self-proclaimed leftier than thou chorus have attempted to affix labels up one side of this site and down the other, and as the response to your OP reflects, many of us have had our fill of being grossly mis characterized by a group of people who are blinded by their self-righteous cynicism and contempt for those who don't march in the lockstep of their choosing.

They have officially achieved caricature status in my book. People who use these labels in their posts as a matter of course, have systematically diminished their credibility as good faith contributors on this board.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:11 PM

324. 30 years later, Detroit is still finding reality?

I agree, no flames. Please add Chicago to your list.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 02:20 PM

325. It's puzzling; "Leftie" rhetoric reads like iisolation is more important that any degree of success.

Either isolation and/or failure appears to be more important than success of any degree on any of their issues.

It's puzzling.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 03:52 PM

331. You are a stronger person then me.

I had to take time off from DU - still donate, but can no longer tolerate the shrill, discordant voices from the 'my way or the highway' crowd. Only check back occasionally and today your post caught my eye.

You make perfect sense, but I'm sure you'll be raked over the coals by the 'purists' who think any form of negotiation is tantamount to surrender.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 04:56 PM

333. Its not a tax hike, its a massive tax cut...

A $4 trillion tax cut, to be precise. That is the amount of money that would have been raised had taxes been allowed to the Clinton-era rates. Instead, most of the Bush tax cuts are to be made permanent. That's a very significant win for the Republicans, especially when their bargaining position was so difficult. All the Democrats had to do to get their tax hikes was to sit there.

The issues relating to spending have not been resolved. Indeed they have been magnified given that the tax "hike" has been confined to those earning $450k+. The revenues from this will work out to about $70-80 billion a year. That leaves a massive budget deficit that someone with more fortitude than our current leaders is going to have to resolve.

The CBO says that under the Biden-McConnell compromise, the deficit for Fiscal Year 2013 will be $971 billion, vs $1040 billion if the Bush tax cuts were extended. It is true that 3 months of the fiscal year have gone already so the true increase will be perhaps around the $80 billion mark or so.

But in its analysis of the Senate-passed plan, the CBO said fiscal 2013 revenues would be $280 billion lower and spending $50 billion higher, resulting in a $330 billion deficit increase, for a total deficit of around $971 billion.

Under the CBO's keep-taxes-unchanged scenario, the deficit would be $1.04 trillion for fiscal 2013.


http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-01-01/news/sns-rt-us-usa-fiscalcliff-cbobre90008h-20130101_1_fiscal-cliff-deficits-senate-plan

But a $970 billion deficit vs a $1040 billion deficit is not much of a difference in the scheme of things. The problem is that there are many more people earning $250k to $450k than those earning above those levels. It might not seem like a caving but in terms of revenues raised, it pretty much is. Personally I would have allowed the tax rates to increase back to Clinton era levels. By international standards the Clinton era tax rates were not very large.

But the fact remains that no nation can sustain trillion dollar deficits for very long. Either taxes will need to rise, or the government will need to find massive spending cuts, and not just to defence.

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Wed Jan 2, 2013, 06:56 PM

335. As the recs tell you, you are wrong. Nothing wrong with DU.

Maybe you've been hanging out in META, reading the posts there or the fact that GD has been the GUngeon for a little longer then it should have been.

Either way...NO, DU looks to be back in order.

So no flames for you!

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