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lapfog_1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-28-09 02:26 AM
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6. More like the straw that broke the camel's back.
I was a huge supporter of President Obama in the primaries and in the general. No one here was more frequent or forceful in their support (with the possible exception of grantcart). I still like him and think that he is better than the alternative. I think Ms. Clinton would have been just a big of a corporatist and a war hawk.

I don't blame Obama for not going after the Bushies. It's a political calculation, an error in my view, but there it is.

I think he has surrounded himself with too many DLC types, including the aforementioned Ms. Clinton.

I knew how he felt about Afghanistan, I had simply hoped he would re-evaluate his position.

I still hope that he goes about fixing DADT and DOMA, but I had little hope for equality for GLBTers.

He was boxed in for the bailouts, and the majority of that program happened under Bush. But he hasn't taken steps since becoming President to fix the underlying problem of Wall Street greed. We need to rebuild a manufacturing base, a new one based on 21st century technologies and requirements. We can't simply turn everything over to China.

He didn't have to bring in Rahm as COS.

He could have picked others to lead his economic team, rather than a bunch of Wall Street game players.

He talked about green jobs, but failed to make any bold moves in this arena.

He talked about Health Care reform, but what we got is Health Insurance "reform" and that looks like a corporate giveaway to me.

The Dems have caved to Lieberman and the DINOs at every turn. Progressives have been shut out.

The margin of his victory, plus the margin in the House and Senate, are likely the biggest we'll see in my lifetime, if we get nothing but table scraps or less now, we aren't ever going to get a seat at the table. That realization is hard to swallow.

And yeah, the people here that are pushing the "with us or with the enemy" meme are not doing themselves or their cause any good. All they are doing is pissing off the folks that are hugely disappointed with the turd of a bill.

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