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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:17 PM
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Krugman on Obama's speech: "what he mostly needs to do now is to change the conversation"
Op-Ed Columnist
The Fatal Distraction

By PAUL KRUGMAN

Published: September 4, 2011

<SNIP>

Which brings me to President Obamas planned speech on the economy.

I find it useful to think in terms of three questions: What should we be doing to create jobs? What will Republicans in Congress agree to? And given that political reality, what should the president propose?

The answer to the first question is that we should have a lot of job-creating spending on the part of the federal government, largely in the form of much-needed spending to repair and upgrade the nations infrastructure. Oh, and we need more aid to state and local governments, so that they can stop laying off schoolteachers.

But what will Republicans agree to? Thats easy: nothing. They will oppose anything Mr. Obama proposes, even if it would clearly help the economy or maybe I should say, especially if it would help the economy, since high unemployment helps them politically.

This reality makes the third question what the president should propose hard to answer, since nothing he proposes will actually happen anytime soon. So Im personally prepared to cut Mr. Obama a lot of slack on the specifics of his proposal, as long as its big and bold. For what he mostly needs to do now is to change the conversation to get Washington talking again about jobs and how the government can help create them.

For the sake of the nation, and especially for millions of unemployed Americans who see little prospect of finding another job, I hope he pulls it off.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/05/opinion/the-fatal-dis...
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:20 PM
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1. In the past Obama has never failed to deliver when he had to give a big speech
But this is one time I am genuinely worried.
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nevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:33 PM
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3. Me too,
and I am not sure as to why. Maybe it is because most everyone, especially the media, will pounce on it regardless of what he says.
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1StrongBlackMan Donating Member (171 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:35 PM
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5. The only concern that I have is ...
That PRESIDENT OBAMA will do his regular ... clearly lay out his plan.

And then, the media and PRESIDENT OBAMA detractors (including those here at DU) will do their regular ... talk about all the things that PRESIDENT OBAMA said, but didn't actually say; and talk about all the things PRESIDENT OBAMA didn't say, but actually said.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 08:09 PM
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16. what's your story, 1SBM?
Edited on Mon Sep-05-11 08:09 PM by Skittles
reserving judgment
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dennis4868 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:35 PM
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6. right...
that's what I was thinking as well...
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soryang Donating Member (642 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:44 PM
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8. Obama works for the Chicago School ideologues
The republicans should embrace his proposals because they have been a diastrous failure for thirty years. Why would Chicago School policies begin working now? It's all supply sider bs. Free trade. Flat taxes. Broaden the tax base. Deregulate. This shit will kill the economy.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:41 PM
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7. Obama's Always Changing the Conversation
It's a one-way conversation, one to which we have been able to make no contribution since day 1. In fact, it is a wall of meaningless words, which reality cannot scale. It's a self-generated bubble, a defensive mechanism, which will be the source of his ultimate defeat.
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Skink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 08:51 PM
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9. He needs to take executive action.
whatever he can do. He can say in his speech he is not even consulting congress, then start balckmailing the republicans with whatever projects they need done.
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theaocp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:00 PM
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10. As Stinky was saying earlier,
just fucking TRY. Big and bold, even in the face of Republican obstructionism, is better than the image of caving AGAIN. That would be a half-loaf. Or be fucking tone-deaf for the umpteenth time. Make your choice.
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mitchtv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:10 PM
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11. +1
just fucking try
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bluestateguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 11:26 PM
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12. We will respect Try and Fail a lot more than Half-Ass and Capitulate
nt
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boppers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 12:10 AM
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13. Don't worry, whatever is tried will be painted as failure.
It'll be "caving", or "DINO", or "throwing under the bus", or whatever. The critics always delight in finding a new way of repeating their same boring message.
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bigdarryl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 04:14 AM
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14. Paul Krugman should be the Administrations Chief Economic Adviser
OH I FORGOT he's to liberal for this White House plus he's not a Wall Street shill.
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Telly Savalas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-05-11 07:41 PM
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15. Just use reverse psychology
Edited on Mon Sep-05-11 07:42 PM by Telly Savalas
"I may be the President, but I don't have the answers to all the questions. But I can assure you of one thing: I've been hearing rumors a George Bush style WPA public works program being proposed by conservative Republicans in the House and I will not tolerate this nonsense. Ideologues like Karl Rove may advocate inverse tax cuts to be used for right-wing pet projects like throwing money at infrastructure projects, and dangerous and untested energy sources like solar and wind. But regular Americans understand that such outlandish policies won't help this country. They understand that eight years of George Bush was enough."

A good chunk of the GOP caucus is so stupid, they'd reflectively oppose this statement and inadvertently support a new New Deal out of spite.

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Bake Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-06-11 10:50 AM
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17. I'd love to see him go BIG and COMBATIVE.
Really draw the contrast. But I'm not holding my breath.

Bake
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