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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:25 AM
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Obama's new strategy: Blaming Bush for 'mess'
Source: MSNBC

In his inaugural address, President Obama proclaimed "an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics."

It hasn't taken long for the recriminations to return or for the Obama administration to begin talking about the unwelcome "inheritance" of its predecessor.

Over the past month, Obama has reminded the public at every turn that he is facing problems "inherited" from the Bush administration, using increasingly bracing language to describe the challenges his administration is up against. The "deepening economic crisis" that the president described six days after taking office became "a big mess" in remarks this month to graduating police cadets in Columbus, Ohio.

"By any measure," he said during a March 4 event calling for government-contracting reform, "my administration has inherited a fiscal disaster."

Read more: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29689284 /
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Itchinjim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:28 AM
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1. About time he did. And no more Mr Nice Guy to the GOP.
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:42 AM
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2. "It was all Bill Clinton's fault - Smirk" - Commander AWOL (R)
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 05:46 AM by SpiralHawk
"We Republicons don't do truth or responsibility. Smirk."

= Commander AWOL & xVP Dickie 'Five Military Deferments' Cheney
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creeksneakers2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:48 AM
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3. Doesn't sound like a "strategy"
What is the alternative? Taking the blame for problems which started under Bush?

Its the GOP who has the "strategy." They keep trying to blame Obama for problems the GOP created.
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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:34 PM
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57. It's corporatemedia's freaking
Orwellian language.
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:54 AM
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4. The GOP
started some of the problems we are currently having...so did the Dems...to deny this will result in no reform and more of the same.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:58 AM
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6. Like when Barney Frank, in 2004, said Fannie & Freddie were 'structurally sound for the long term'?
(or something to the effect)
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:38 AM
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11. Actually I was thinking about
GOP demands for bank deregulation and Dems demands for reduction of lending restrictions resulting in a compromise instituting aspects of both.

I don't recall the context which Frank made this statement but suspect it was an attempt to cover up the failure of his (and other Dems) previous push and ultimate implementation of lowering of lending requirements.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:03 AM
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15. Dummya played quite a role with Freddie and Fannie, too, remember?
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:49 AM
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14. Sorry, but proportionality counts. for one thing, eight years of Reagan, four of Bush I,
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 07:00 AM by No Elephants
8 of Clinton, 8 of Bush II, 50 days of Obama. And compare and contrast the Republican control of Congress with Democratic control of Congress during those years.

As far as spending, deficits, earmarks, being in bed with lobbyists, etc., compare the Republican record with the Democratic record. It's not the Democrats who come out looking worse. Sure, every Democrat is not perfect. But, as a group, they were better during this period than the Republicans.

I don't mind people pointing out specifics, like Clinton's failure to veto repeal of Glass Steagall, or saying that some Democrats contributed some. Heck, I do those kinds of things myself. But putting Dems on a par with Pubs as causes of this mess is just false.

Reaganomics, the lobbying that increased astronomically from 1982 forward, deregulation, tax cuts, deficit spending, culture of greed, etc.

Lastly, put a lot of the blame on the apathy of Americans. Look how proportionally few vote, let alone band together and activate.
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:07 AM
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17. Nobody said anything about school lunches for poor kids..
the major component of the financial crisis we find ourselves in is the "housing bubble", caused by bank deregulation (pugs) and lowering of mortgage restrictions (dems). Also a strong factor are implementation of NAFTA and GATT and other trade agreements which placed US worker and farmers in direct competition with 3rd world workers and farmers...these trade agreements were supported equally by our own party and pugs. I put more blame on Dems for the unfair trade agreements because it has always been our charge to act in the interest of US workers who our party abandoned with these deals.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:16 AM
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21. Democrats were concerned about discriminatory mortgage restrictions, one set of rules
for white neighborhoods and one set for the 'hood. However, banks actually lent to unsuitable mortgagors because banks made their money in application and closing fees and by re-selling the mortgages.

And it was Bush who decided that, instead of a chicken in every pot or a car in every driveway, there should be a mortgaged driveway for every car.

Support when you are a minority party is one thing, but the majority party has to take responsiblity.

Again, the responsibility is not proportionate. Though I do not exonerate the Democrats, including for their spinelessness, eDe-regulatin' Ronnie and his progeny can take the lion's share of the blame, along with those who voted them in (or stayed home) or bought into their culture of greed.
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pipoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:39 AM
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34. Not quite the way I remember it
though I would agree that the Dem position was that loosening of restrictions would help minorities buy homes, it also was to allow poorer people to buy homes. The result of lowering of mortgage requirements resulted in many people getting over extended and regardless their financial status. Traditional debt to income ratio standards were abandoned, traditional down payment requirements were abandoned both based on the Dems push for lowering of mortgage requirements. The bank deregulation pushed by the pugs in concert with Dems lowering of restrictions caused this mess, combined with bipartisan lovefest when it came to free trade agreements which certainly can't be blamed solely on either party. The sooner we, as a party, acknowledge the failures of our own previous policies along with fixing the failures of the Pugs. Anyone who claims the problems we are having are not bipartisan problems are part of the problem, the solution will only come with acknowledgment of all of the causes, not just those implemented by the pugs or the Dems.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-15-09 06:54 PM
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65. I would never claim that only one party caused this,. However, I include
de-regulation of mergers and acquisitions, which allowed, among MANY other things, concerns to get "too big too fail," SEC deregulation, which allowed funny securities based on funny mortgages, etc. And then, there was the collective federal regulatory agency coma under Bush that gave us things like Madoff and melamine.

Lowering of restrictions on mortgages I thought, had to do with the practice of redlining. I am very capable of being wrong. If you know that name of the bill or anything that would help me google it, please pass that on by post or pm. I would be grateful. Among other things, I would be interested to read if lowering of restrictions meant that banks COULD lower their standards for granting mortgages, if they chose, or if banks HAD to grant mortgages if the lower standards were met. If the bill is too long and convoluted, I probably won't end up reading bc of my vision, but if I can get through it, I will.

As far as the reason for lowering the standards, though, I am cynical. Poor people don't lobby. I am going to say the banks lobbied for it, and not because of their concern for poor people.


The trade stuff I confess to being shaky on, but I know it cost thousands upon thousands of jobs.

And I blame Clinton for signing the repeal of Glass Steagall, even though it was Gramm's baby. (Well, let's be honest. It was some lobbyist's baby. Sadly, there is too much of that on both sides of the aisle, too, but it started in a big way in 1982--Reagan again.)
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ryanmuegge Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 10:24 AM
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42. And both are looking for every opportunity to lower wages in this country.
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 10:26 AM by ryanmuegge
In fact, along with deregulating banks and waging endless wars, that's the only thing these pussy politicians are effective at. Obama included. They can't do anything whatsoever about anything, but they can sure send high-paying jobs overseas, even slash high-skill wages with H1-B visas, and I'm sure they're doing a million other things that I can't think of at the moment.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 05:55 AM
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5. He has also said that we need to be 'looking forward'.
Will he continue to be a ping pong ball, going back and forth between "Bush created it" (somewhat true) and "let's move forward" (wholly true).

Continually referencing of the past can only work so far.

And if we, as a country, are a community, what can we do to turn this mess around? How do we move forward? President Obama can't do everything alone; he has said that and he is incontrovertible correct on that too.

Mind you, I haven't watched too much television so if I missed out on anything tangible, please let me know.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:17 AM
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24. And he has looked forward. His D of J is defending the war criminals, for feck's sake, when they
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 07:19 AM by No Elephants
should be prosecuting or extraditing them. And, so far, he has stayed away from investigating them.

Lord, but Pub talking points and echoes are tiresome.
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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:03 AM
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7. That headline alone is BS
the rest of the article is just downright snarky.

And I'm not really sure as it even qualifies as news, since it is editorial at the core.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:20 AM
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27. T H A N K Y O U!!!
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:15 AM
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8. Bush spent 8 years saying History will be his Judge.
Now the GOP is trying to prevent even History from judging him. Personally I think Obama should shut up about Bush and let a prosecutor remind us of how Bush destroyed this country. That way a Jury can Judge him.
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Optical.Catalyst Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:40 AM
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13. The Bush Administration spent eight years in theft and conspiring against American freedoms
He started an illegal war to line the pockets of his buddies in the defense industry and to benefit big oil companies.

And when our President points out facts, facts that are verifiable in history, about the wrongs heaped upon us by Bush, the M$M turns it into a back handed swipe against President Obama by calling it a 'strategy'.

We know who really controls the media. We have two enemies to fight and the second one is the Republican Party.
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Thor_MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:05 AM
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16. History may eventually decide he wasn't THE worst president ever
but there is no chance of that happening until everyone you know, their grandchildren and their granchildren's grandchildren are dead and buried. Anyone who knows someone who knew of first hand knowledge of George W Bush's utter failure of a life knows that he is the worst. Until the words George W Bush have no personal meaning, he will be the worst and even then he has strong arguements for the title of worst President. Who knows, maybe Sargon 7 will be impeached in 2347 and steal away Bush's title, but until that happens Bush = WPE.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:22 AM
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29. Republicans have a great history revision machine. They call it think tanks, writing history
books that tell the "real" story (usually after everyone actually involved dies), blogging, etc., but those are just aliases.
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cutlassmama Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 02:44 PM
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58. Speaking of books. Has anyone else heard about the "Bush Library"?
The repukes, along with Laura Bush are going to open a library with books to revise history on Bush. :mad:
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:07 AM
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18. Time after time, the so-called "Party of Personal Responsiblity" absolutely refuses
to take any responsibility whatsoever for its acts and omissions. It's the Party of "Blame Anyone and Anything But Us," (hereinafer BAABU}
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Wizard777 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:16 AM
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23. They're bitching because Obama won't take responsibility for Bush's actions.
"Personal responsibility" Involves Bush taking responsibility for hs actions and Obama taking responsibility for his actions. No part of "personal responsibility" involves Obama taking responsibility for Bush's actions.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:20 AM
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26. People should be personally responsible; not vote in clods or criminals in the future.
:D

November 2008, by and large, proved that.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:29 AM
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30. Voters AND politicians should be personally responsible, but politicians much more so, especially
Republican politicians.

Why? Politicians hold themselves out as fit to lead voters (and nonvoters).

Why especially Republican politicians? Because those PAABUers continually babble about personal responsiblity.
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Irishonly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 10:24 AM
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43. When I read the headline I thought the same
Republicans are weird creatures. No matter how badly they screw up the country, no matter what crimes they commit or no matter what hate spews from their mouths, they are blameless. The dems did it. If they can't dazzle the public with BS, they will tell the same lie over and over again.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:19 AM
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25. It's not destroyed yet.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:18 AM
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9. Nate Silver calculated that he probably has 18 months
to show improvement on the economy before he starts to take heat.

He was elected over John McCain because people believed he would do better with the economy.

He really did risk everything on that stimulus package. If it is inefficient he is the one who will bear the brunt of the blame. Nancy Pelosi and David Obey wrote his future with that bill. I hope it works, but I think they messed up.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:35 AM
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31. If it FAILS, he will take the brunt of the blame. I guarantee it will be inefficient. And
Bush, who pushed the economy into a black hole, is the one who forces Obama to cure it or be a one term President.

BTW, polls showed that people did believe that Obama would be better with the economy once that became such a huge issue, but Obama was leading McCain in the polls all along, except for the Palin blip. So, there were reasons besides the economy that Obama appealed to people. McCain's conduct once the economy hit the fan, however, gave people the Willies, including George Will.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 12:35 PM
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49. The pundits will blame Obama but Bush created the mess and
if Obama can't fix it, it is not his fault - maybe it cannot be fixed.

The media was the one with the meme about the economy. Obama went up in the polls because of the economy. We take that as fact, but we don't really know - the polls asked who the person would vote for, not why. Maybe they just realized Obama was more intelligent and up to date.

We should blame ourselves as a country rather than just single out the President. I've even thought that about some of *s actions. We elected the guy and let 911 get to us and elected him again. We don't get to just step aside and let the Decider ruin the country.

With Obama's election, we wised up enough to know we are a democracy, not a bunch of sheep completely dependent on a leader. Obama has said repeatedly we are all in this together, and he is not like Bush you basically said, I'll be the Decider who protects you. If we've finally grown up, we're not going to just sit around expecting the President to fix it for us.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 12:59 PM
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50. In normal situations, the President alone can't do it.
But in this situation, that is not the case.

Government is the only one who can keep faith in our economic systems. They are the only ones who can borrow at low low rates, benefiting the banks that are in need of capital. They are the only ones who can create regulation that will give people confidence that inappropriate risk taking will not be there.

Lax regulation and an anything goes attitude of financial cowboys are what caused this mess. By bailing out firms in order to keep our economy from blowing up, we have created no downside for risking other people's money.

It is President Obama's duty to fix these problems so that this really will never happen again.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:06 PM
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51. Congress has to agree with him
And ultimately the judicial branch. Your last sentence does not describe the duties of the President, but rather the duties of a CEO in relation to a company. The President is not a king.

So we voters have to vote in a congress that cooperates. We have a duty to put in congressmen who even agree. We let too many Republicans into this Congress - so we can take some responsibility. If we believe government should do all this, we have a duty to elect enough Democrats to make it happen.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:14 PM
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53. He has to convince Congress to go along with him.
This has to happen. Its not really optional. And we have enough Democrats in office to do all this. Maybe we wait for Al Franken, but we have the numbers and if we can't pick off one Republican it is sad. We should ask Arlen Specter to join the party.
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treestar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:24 PM
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55. Ultimately convincing others in not in one's control
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 01:25 PM by treestar
One cannot lay the blame on someone for not convincing another of a thing. Argue with freeper types and you will soon learn that no amount of talent in persuasion is enough to lay a duty on the persuader.

Then we must not be hard on Obama for "caving" where Spector, Snowe and Collins or whoever else are concerned. If he has to get a bill through, he has to get one through the Congress we gave him.
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ejpoeta Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:35 AM
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10. what's wrong with the truth?? it wasn't his mess. he's here cleaning up someone else's mess.
It's a very important point, because all the republicans whining about Obama's plans to fix this mess... their way of 'fixing' the mess is to do the same things that got us into the mess. Or to have a spending freeze. one of those two things. and it is important to remember that there was a reason that obama was elected.... because he promised to do something different. and he is DOING just what he promised he would be doing. I don't blame him for making sure people remember he inherited the mess. The republicans and their media counterparts have been trying to make it sound like this IS obama's mess. and it isn't.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:40 AM
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12. Yeah. It's not like the Bush and other Pubs ever blamed anything on Clinton or
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 06:43 AM by No Elephants
other Democrats or anything. :sarcasm:

And please, Bush not only crippled this country and a lot of the globe, but he also cooked the books. Wasn't Obama supposed to mention that, once he and his peeps discovered it? Of course, Republicans would have been too delicate to do anything like that, right? :sarcasm:

If the Republicans own that and stop trying to hang everything on Obama's 50 days, maybe Obama won't have to keep reminding people of the actual causes.

REALLLLY slow news day at MSNBC, I guess
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IDemo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:10 AM
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19. GOPedia same ol' strategy: conflate
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PaulRevere08 Donating Member (41 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:12 AM
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20. I guess hearing a President speak the truth must be confusing
to the folks at MSNBC. I can hear it now:

MSNBC Staffer: "Hey, listen to Obama, what are those words he's using?" "They sound like the TRUTH!"

MSNBC Editor: "What's he up to?" "What's his angle with all this truth stuff?"

MSNBC Staffer: "He must be employing some new strategy, something to confuse the opposition."

MSNBC Editor: "Crap! Does that mean we are going to have to listen to what he says now when we report on his comments?" "It was bad enough that he speaks intelligently and you can actually understand what he says." Sigh, "Things were so much easier when we could just pretend."
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AndyA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:16 AM
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22. The economy has continued to deteriorate during this time frame.
President Obama understands a lot more now about what led up to this mess than he did earlier. I'm sure the change in wording reflects his increased knowledge of who is responsible for this mess. And the GOP continues to try tagging it on Obama, like he somehow created the recession a year before he was even the President. Before, in fact, he was even the Democratic nominee!

As the Republicans continue to point fingers at Obama, I'm glad to see he's correcting their lies. It's about time, if you ask me.
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Deja Q Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:22 AM
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28. Well said.
And he has information we don't; and he does have to keep mentioning he inherited the mess - and convince those who don't believe it. Facts really are not useless things.
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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:38 AM
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33. Facts are not useless, but, to politicians, especially Republicans, facts are often inconvenient.
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 07:38 AM by No Elephants
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razorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:36 AM
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32. To be fair, I have to cut President Bush some slack on this.
NO president has much, if any, real control over the economy. It is too big and too complicated. There might be too much government involvement in this area, or too little in that area. No one has a complete picture. That being said, I am sure that President Obama will unfairly receive much blame if things do not improve rapidly, just as he will get credit if it does. It is traditional that presidents get blame or credit for whatever the economic situation is at a given time.
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 11:14 AM
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46. So record profits
for Halliburton and Big Oil during Bush's time in office were just a coincidence?

IMO the POTUS has a big effect on the economy. That's why 18 months ago I started to pay off my debts because I knew Bush would f*** up the economy based on his policies and past failures.

If you have any spare cash I suggest you look at Obama's policies and see where would be good to invest.
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denverbill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 07:56 AM
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35. What clueless retard wrote this crap? I seem to recall a break in the election.
When both Obama and McCain went back to Washington to deal with the crisis. When the Dow dropped 1000 points. When Shrub's Treasury secretary demanded $1 trillion no questions asked to give to the banks.

But now, if Obama has the temerity to claim that he inherited a crisis, he is playing the blame game?

Jesus, the Dow went dropped 6500 points from Oct 2007-Nov 2008 (14100-7552), and the day Obama was inaugurated stood at 8100, but the fact that it dropped another 1500 before recovering a bit makes this whole shit mess Obama's fault?

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 08:12 AM
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36. The Bush people blamed Clinton for 9/11
That was in September. It is nw March.
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Tyler Generation Donating Member (344 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 08:13 AM
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37. How is this new?
When the hell was he not talking about inheriting Bush's problems? Isn't that what McCain/Palin were whining about in the primaries?
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ohio2007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 09:17 AM
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38. and this strategy will get him re elected how ?
finger pointing to the past instead of focusing on the hopes in the future is a recipe for -
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SlingBlade Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 09:33 AM
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39. GOOD, The GOP has been blaming Obama

Since day 1 of his administration. Every talking head out there
seems to forget that the Bush Administration ever existed.

Its like they go From Clinton straight to Obama when talking
about this mess and President Obamas attempts to solve it.

Fighting back is not a strategy, It is the truth and the Truth is the
only thing that can snuff out these Republican Lies

He should be even MORE forceful in stating how and when
this mess was started, Even if it means taking on some of these
so called Conservative Democrats.

Go get em, And don't let off
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OneBlueSky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 10:01 AM
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40. "Tell It Like It Is" . . . Aaron Nevillle, 1966 . . .
it's called dealing with "the reality-based world" . . . something BushCo claimed they avoided, preferring instead to create their own reality -- a reality based on fiction, wishful thinking, and amorality . . .

tell it like it is, Mr. President . . . the country knows, but we have a short attention span, are easily distracted (Americal Idol, etc.), and need to be reminded regularly about just whose pile of shit you're trying to dig us out from under . . .
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Dappleganger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 10:08 AM
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41. The #1 Rule in the Dappleganger house...
OWN YOUR SHIT!

Everyone needs to do this so we can come together and dig ourselves out of this mess--Republicans, Democrats, Independents, pundits, Wall Street as well as Main Street. Yes, there are differing degrees of culpability, but the longer people take to own their own shit the longer it will take to get out of this mess.
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BlancheSplanchnik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 10:27 AM
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44. What's this? MSNBC headlining RWcon strategy, only putting Obama's name to it?
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 10:28 AM by BlancheSplanchnik
Wow, what a surprise. :eyes:
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 10:51 AM
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45. WTF is he meant to do?
He's blamed Bush all long because that's exactly where the fault lies.

Every time the MSM squeals you know it's because the truth hurts.
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TankLV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 11:24 AM
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47. It's not "new", it just the "truth" and IT'S ABOUT FUCKING TIME!!!
AND NEVER EVER LET UP!!!

I LOVE how the media whores are all squeeling when confronted by the TRUTH - from that fuckwad Cramer to beck and the rest...

It's a pleasure to behold...
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Life Long Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 12:11 PM
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48. Who knows what this is focused on?
What about the actual focus of Congress and who's standing in the way of the recovery?

This subject is just a subject with no content. :nuke:
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Alcibiades Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:13 PM
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52. Obama: responsible for global economy on day 1
Bush: off the hook for 9-11 in September of the 1st year of his first term.

Where was Scotty's outrage then? Fuck you, Scotty. You are a shill.

:puke: :puke: :puke: :puke: :puke:
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zulchzulu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:15 PM
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54. Obama mentioned Bush's eight years of failure in speeches in 2007
I have them on tape. So I guess it's a "new strategy"?

:crazy:

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Cha Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 01:34 PM
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56. I saw that shit on the front of my msn exlorer.
I'm going to write/call them.

MSNBC
- Phone: 1-212-664-4444 EMAIL: letters@msnbc.com

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ErinBerin84 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 03:09 PM
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59. lol
What a stupid headline.
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regnaD kciN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 03:36 PM
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60. Obama's new strategy: saying sun rises in east and sets in west...
...there's a difference between "recriminations," and simply stating facts that are as clear as day.

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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 04:41 PM
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61. It worked for Governor Granholm in Michigan in 2006
She became governor in 2002, amid a deteriorating economy in Michigan. John Engler (R-Obese) had been governor for 12 years. By 2006, the situation was no better, but she was able to claim that she was still in the process of cleaning up Engler's mess. In 2006, she had an opponent, Dick DeVos, with tons more money than she had, but Granholm won a double digit victory.
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amandabeech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:07 PM
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62. DeVos was, of course, one of the worst candidates put out there in recent memory.
I'm from West Michigan, and even my most Republican friend couldn't stand him.

I was back visiting Mom for a few weeks. I could not believe how idiotic the commercials were, and they were on constantly. That Senate candidate was a disaster, too. Taxes, taxes, taxes. You had to give him credit for staying on message.
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cooolandrew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-14-09 06:25 PM
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63. The economy is the economy that doesn't directly blame anyone and culpbility was on lots of levels.
Edited on Sat Mar-14-09 06:26 PM by cooolandrew
levels but if those see as an attack on Bush then they are only saying they know he had his share in the blame.
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and-justice-for-all Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-15-09 05:15 AM
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64. well YEAH!!!
"my administration has inherited a fiscal disaster." and then some.
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