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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:56 PM
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Obama urges Dems help him "finish the job", GOP plan for poor: "tough luck, they're on their own"
Obama urges Democrats help him "finish the job"
Posted Thursday April 14, 2011 29 minutes ago
By Steve Holland

CHICAGO (Reuters) - President Barack Obama urged Democrats on Thursday to help him "finish the job" at the first events of his 2012 re-election bid, appealing for higher taxes on the wealthy and a rejection of Republican budget policies.

Obama, seeking to reignite the energy of supporters that propelled his candidacy in 2008, said "extraordinary progress" has been made during his two years in the White House but "we've still got work to do."

"If you're just as fired up now despite the fact that your candidate is a little older and a lot grayer, then I have every confidence that we're going to be able to finish the job," he said.

<SNIP>

The Republican approach, he said, is that "we can't afford to do big things anymore" and says to the underprivileged, "tough luck, they're on their own."

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http://www.whbl.com/news/articles/2011/apr/14/obama-urg... /
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:59 PM
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1. I really hope progressives in Congress are up for the fight!
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Bodhi BloodWave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 03:43 PM
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11. personally i'm more hoping the progressive 'public' is up for the fight
rather then sitting back and just watching while posting criticism on forums and blogs about everything he does
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 04:11 PM
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14. Considering the vote on the Progressive Caucus' "Peoples Budget" ...
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 04:18 PM by polichick
I'm not sure either the progressive public or the progressive caucus should waste any more time on this party.
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CaliforniaPeggy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 07:59 PM
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2. I'm glad to see him take this stand.
THIS is the man I voted for!

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Sherman A1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:03 PM
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3. The proof is in the pudding
we will see...
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:04 PM
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4. No more talk talk.
Walk walk.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:05 PM
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5. He's a'walkin...
Are you with him/us?
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 05:12 AM
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9. That was a speech
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:07 PM
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6. I'm more than willing to help him finish the job
As soon as he comes out with a consistent definition of what the job is.

His speech yesterday was a great step in the right direction and I hope the enthusiasm it has inspired among real Democrats isn't wasted in some compromise "deal" with Boner and his idiotic minions.

Hopefully he has realized he has the American people on his side, regardless of what he hears from the liberal media.
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CakeGrrl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 04:06 PM
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13. You're setting conditions on your support?
If you're waiting for a Primary challenger, don't hold your breath.
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tularetom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 06:21 PM
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15. Yeah, I am, but they are pretty wimpy conditions
Just do what he implied he would do in his speech.

This means no watering down of Medicare, no arbitrary tweaking of SS, end of the destructive tax cuts for the wealthy, and spending cuts across the board (no program is exempt including defense).

I'm really not asking a lot and you know what? Even if he caves again I will still support him.

I don't know where in my post you read anything about a primary challenger because I read it again and it ain't there.
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:08 PM
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7. "Theres so much I want to do for these folks...heartbreaking" letters asking for help.
More bites POTUS here - http://twitter.com/#!/markknoller
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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-14-11 08:20 PM
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8. Yes, he is foul-mouthed, yes that finger thing is a little creepy but I love him anyway."
POTUS on Rahm.
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 03:38 PM
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10. I'll help him finish the job as soon as he starts the job . . . nt
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great white snark Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 04:04 PM
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12. Whatever the opposite of an activist is, you are it. nt
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MasonJar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-15-11 07:25 PM
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16. I'll go for a return to Clinton era tax revenues. Clinton brought us
Edited on Fri Apr-15-11 07:25 PM by MasonJar
prosperity despite being hounded non stop by the GOPers. We don't need to cut anything, just get rid of waste and stop all these wars and tax corporations like GE, who pay zero taxes. Fair taxes for everyone.
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