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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:46 AM
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Source: Talking Points Memo

Obama: This Is Not Class Warfare; Its Math
Susan Crabtree | September 19, 2011, 11:19AM

President Barack Obama ignored warning from Republicans against proposing tax increases Monday and rolled out a plan to reduce the deficit consisting of a mix of spending cuts and revenue raisers in an combative speech designed to persuade the public to embrace a balanced approach to bringing down the nation's debt.

In remarks in the White House Rose Garden, Obama drew stark contrasts between Republican's penchant for backing "tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires" while requiring seniors, the middle class and the poor to tighten their belts and accept sacrifices.

"During this past decade, profligate spending in Washington, tax cuts into multi-millionaires and billionaires, and two wars have turned a record surplus into a massive deficit," Obama said. "If we don't act, the debt will eventually crowd out everything else, eventually affecting us from investing in things like education and Medicaid. We need to cut what we can't afford to pay for things we need."

Even before Obama delivered the speech, which clearly laid out the differences between both parties in the 2012 contest, Republican leaders were reacting angrily to early reports outlining the President's "go big" push, calling on Congress to cut deficits by $4 trillion over 12 years and institute automatic, across-the-board spending cuts and tax increases if a first target isn't reached by 2014.

Read more: http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/09/obama-this-i...
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:48 AM
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1. Obama is doing what he needs to do to get elected, not save the economy.
We are so screwed.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:52 AM
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2. Well
"Obama is doing what he needs to do to get elected, not save the economy."

Economists disagree with you.

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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:56 AM
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5. That isn't passable and everyone knows it.
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 10:57 AM by dkf
He couldn't get a single Dem to sponsor it in the house and let the name of his bill be taken over by the right.

It's a joke.
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ProSense Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:09 AM
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13. Um
"That isn't passable and everyone knows it. He couldn't get a single Dem to sponsor it in the house and let the name of his bill be taken over by the right."

...really?

"'We think (Obama's bill) is a wonderful first step. We'd like to strengthen it and make it bigger,' said caucus Co-Chairman Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.)."



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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:22 AM
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17. So did he sponsor it? When?
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FarLeftFist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:53 PM
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76. So because you think it's not passable he should just bow to the rethugs for something 'more passabl
?!
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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:40 PM
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165. he's been doing that
kinda killed his base support... fuck passable. it's not helping
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:26 PM
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106. dfk...you are being sarcastic, I assume. You've always been a loyal Obama supporter...
What's going on here? :shrug:
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:44 PM
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117. Can we really go through 6 years of nothing passing?
If Obama is going to go for the "no compromise" thing...I am beginning to freak out at the thought.

Maybe he didn't get exactly what he wanted in the past, but he was able to do the necessary things.

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PatrynXX Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:42 PM
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166. where have you been for the past 2-3 years. compromise hasn't helped, it
it's all republican crap out there. Republican care with a bit of obama. 98 % republican debit ceiling bill. etc etc
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:27 AM
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21. Agreed!
I finally agree with the administration again (and prosense) and someone suggests that it isn't passable and that no Dem would sponsor it?

This is the kind of bill the entire progressive caucus has been chomping at the bit for for two years! I don't think he will have that much trouble finding sponsors in the house.

As to whether it is passsable, that is a different question entirely. It the Teahaddists want to justify protecting the millionaires and especially the billionaires at the cost of the rest of us I think the American people will recognize them as the wild eyed extremists that they are and most of them will be out of office quite soon.
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sweetapogee Donating Member (449 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:46 PM
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55. even if
even if he could get this to pass, it will not get the unemployment % rate out of the shit can... correction: out of the bottom of the shit can in the next 14 months. This is running on a negative what if, not a positive achievement with positive results. It is going to be a painfull campaign season. If the puke canidate is not a member of congress and manages to keep a positive attitude, just like Obama did in 2008, well it's going to be bad for us. Sorry if this offends but I have been saying for 3 years now that the economy will be the issue in 2012 and nothing out of the administration really has worked.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 04:37 AM
Response to Reply #5
180. If enough of us act like assholes, er, Teabaggers
maybe the media will start to give us airtime. Probably not.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:15 PM
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42. ProCents, I'll have to learn the details, but for once I agree with Obama.
Raise taxes on the rich. I haven't heard what his cuts will be yet. But raising taxes on those who have increased their earnings and wealth during this recession in which so many have lost their homes is an excellent proposal.

It's up to us to let our Congressmen and women know that we won't vote for them if they don't support Obama on the tax increases.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:43 PM
Response to Reply #42
86. Medicare is still on the table for cuts.
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Fruittree Donating Member (488 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 03:56 AM
Response to Reply #86
179. I think the "cuts" from what I've read
are cuts in the way payments are made not cuts in benefits..
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Divernan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 08:19 AM
Response to Reply #86
193. Obama's math is focused on the size of his sponsors' campaign donations.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:28 PM
Response to Reply #42
107. JD...I watched the speech...got pumped up...until I started to think about
what he "really said." As everything with Obama...his rhetoric sucks you in...he sounds so good when he's "ON"...but then, (as we've learned) his "actions always speak louder than his rhetoric."

I can always be suckered by a great speech...but once you burn me a few times...I finally wake up to dig deeper.

Just saying...Just saying.....
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Pavlo Donating Member (23 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:38 PM
Response to Reply #107
135. What is the super committee supposed to do
I thought that their job was to target cuts?
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 04:39 AM
Response to Reply #107
181. I'm with koko. nt
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christx30 Donating Member (774 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 04:28 PM
Response to Reply #107
197. I wish I wasn't so jaded
I'd love to be able to find inpiration in a speech. But a politcian is a politician. Whether republican or democrat, they are all the same. Hell.. if I can't get inspired by a political speech, I'd like plain words that says "here is what we are going to do...."
Firey rhetoric does nothing.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:11 PM
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:36 PM
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75. Economists?
Recovery begins with realism and there is nothing to be gained by kidding ourselves. On the topics that I know most about, the administration is beyond being a disappointment. It's beyond inept, unprepared, weak, and ineffective. Four and again two years ago, the people demanded change. As a candidate, the President promised change. In foreign policy and the core economic policies, he delivered continuity instead. That was true on Afghanistan and it was and is true in economic policy, especially in respect to the banks. What we got was George W. Bush's policies without Bush's toughness, without his in-your-face refusal to compromise prematurely. Without what he himself calls his understanding that you do not negotiate with yourself.


Galbraith's is NOT a lone voice in our wilderness! Many DUers have been steadily, and carefully, documenting the relentless subversion of our party's fundamental ideology during Obama's administration--inevitably enduring much hateful and sarcastic vitriol from fellow DUers--particularly from the increasingly pitiable Obama sycophants.

A fellow DUer, truth2power, posted the following in the wee hours of a recent morning:


I think this country is on a suicide mission. We are governed (sic) by the worst slime to be found anywhere...guys in diapers and infantile brats who don't even care if their own district gets hurricane disaster aid until even MORE of what's left of our social safety net is looted.



Across the globe, the vast hoi polloi is witness to the sordid underbelly of our species' monstrous hedonism, made manifest in the coffers of the uber wealthy (a tiny, exclusive group comprised of greedy wankers of various political stripes). We KNOW that our politicians--almost to a ONE--are sock puppets for the uber wealthy. We RECOGNIZE that those representatives who truly represent US (Bernie Sanders, Sheila Jackson Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Al Franken, to name a few of the VERY few...) fight a sisyphean battle just to be granted a few minutes of media coverage--often to be pundited into the oblivion of ridicule.

Acknowledging we have a problem is THE key first step in recovery...

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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:18 PM
Response to Reply #75
95. Really? Cause all I see is a bunch of burnout rage-addicted jerks
who need a machine to rage against, without which their lives have no meaning.

Be honest with yourselves--you never, EVER had a desire to be inside the tent pissing out.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:29 PM
Response to Reply #95
108. Really?
We can ill afford to elevate Mr. Obama to hero status, just as we can ill afford to issue a blanket condemnation of his efforts.

Our nation is witnessing the inception of a global catastrophic re-ordering of our economic behaviors. Since our nation has led the hundred-meter-dash toward the uber hedonistic disaster capitalism du jour, We the People MUST work together to arrive at a global strategy for global recovery.

Obama's lackluster performance as POTUS is not surprising to me. I doubt there's a 'leader' on this planet who could stop the speeding bullet of corporate megalomania. Still, I am among those who have noticed that some of Obama's decisions warrant the increasingly vociferous adjurations from progressive democrats that he NOT be a sock puppet for the uber wealthy.

Dismissing our concerns as the 'rage' of 'a bunch of burnout rage-addicted jerks' is both demeaning and disingenuous, and it will not help us regain our footing in these perilous times.

(Sad that you perceive these discussions as 'pissing contests'...)


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hfojvt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:50 PM
Response to Reply #108
162. it seems odd to me to get angry about a proposal to tax the rich
This is a bad thing? Galbraith thinks so? I certainly would agree with Galbraith about past performance, but I think this current proposal IS something positive - for a change. I have my doubts that it will pass, but it is certainly worth fighting for.

Of course, I am sure that nothing short of apocasocialism now!! is gonna stave off the almost inevitable global catastrophe that you are predicting, but I still don't see the point about raging about a positive step.

Now one of the other people, well he/she has some income and has never liked progressive taxes. They hit a little too close to home or something.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 01:50 AM
Response to Reply #162
176. Well, now...
Edited on Tue Sep-20-11 01:53 AM by chervilant
I am not "angry" about a proposal to tax the rich. I am not 'raging' about a 'positive step.' I didn't quote Galbraith because he thinks taxing the rich is a 'bad thing' (quite the opposite).

I quoted Galbraith because, contrary to ProSense's rather misleading post, not every economist is sold on Obama's performance as POTUS. Moreover, it's just as likely that not every economist views Obama's 'new' jobs plan as the optimal path to economic recovery.

Still, I am hopeful that Obama's current proposal IS something positive. However, I've been hopeful many, many times before. Like so many other DUers, I remain skeptical about the 'hidden agendas' of monied interests, and the ongoing corporate malfeasance. I've yet to see the corporate criminals who've tanked our global economy held responsible for their crimes...

Blind allegiance predicated by party affiliation epitomizes the kind of 'patriotism' Samuel Johnson called 'the last refuge of a scoundrel.' We can ill afford such arrogance within our own ranks, even as we struggle to expose just such false patriotism among the rank and file Republicans (Eric Cantor comes readily to mind).

These are, indeed, perilous times. And--while I may disagree with much of what ProSense posts--I have become much more optimistic about our species having witnessed growing numbers of us becoming politically aware AND involved. We, collectively, MUST be the change we hope to see in this world.

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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 02:26 AM
Response to Reply #162
177. In re:
My observation about the 'hidden agendas' of monied interests:


The prospect of Rumsfeld in a courtroom cannot possibly be relished by the Obama administration, which has now cast itself as the last and staunchest defender of the embattled former officials, including John Yoo, Alberto Gonzalez, Judge Jay Bybee, Dick Cheney, George W. Bush, and others. The administration employed an unprecedented twisting of arms in orer to keep evidence in a lawsuit which Binyam had filed in the UK suppressed, threatening an end of cooperation between the British MI5 and the CIA.


(from a post by Ralph Lopez at Daily Kos)

Also:

The Obama Justice Department's active involvement in seeking the dismissal of the cases is by choice, as the statutory obligation of the US Attorney General to defend cases against public officials ends the day they leave office. Indeed, the real significance of the recent court decisions, one by the 7th Circuit and the other a DC federal court, may be the clarification the common misconception that high officials are forever immune for crimes committed while in office, in the name of the state. The misconception persists despite just a moment of thought telling one that if this were true, Hermann Goering, Augusto Pinochet, and Charles Taylor would never have been arrested, for they were all in office at the time they ordered atrocities, and they all invoked national security.

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:51 PM
Response to Reply #95
119. You think this is rage ... wait until the public figures out Global Warming -- !!!
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 04:42 AM
Response to Reply #75
182. ...
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howmad1 Donating Member (959 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:42 PM
Response to Reply #2
149. Sure enough he's in campaign mode.
Where the hell was he last December when he extended the bush taxcuts? Gee, that was a great way to tax the rich and probably eliminate the economic strife we now have. O'bama, what a friggin phony.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:52 AM
Response to Reply #1
3. Well he already saved the economy once.
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 10:53 AM by tridim
And do you think that maybe creating jobs and boosting the economy further is good policy AND good politics?

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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:59 AM
Response to Reply #3
7. Waving a red cape before the bull doesn't get anything passed.
It's just political gamesmanship.
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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:06 AM
Response to Reply #7
11. So you think he should do nothing?
What are you saying?
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:14 AM
Response to Reply #11
16. I guess I'm waiting for the magic bullet that can pass and will work.
All I hear is the same old stuff that is DOA. Is there really nothing out there?
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:40 AM
Response to Reply #16
25. Oh sure...
There is probably some lovely "third-way" solution that would work wonderfully for yoru sensibilities, get passed easily, and accomplish abso-friggin-lutely nothing to solve the problems.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:48 AM
Response to Reply #25
28. What we need is something people believe will work.
A lot of this is psychological. There is no faith in government.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:19 PM
Response to Reply #28
44. So, dkf, what alternative to our government would you support?
A corporate dictatorship? A medieval king?

Just what do you have in mind?

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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:03 PM
Response to Reply #44
67. I have to say I am pretty disappointed with how long the first stimulus took to implement.
We need to be impressed with the efficiency and speed at which government works. I don't think there is anything that can substitute for it, but I do think that when government doesn't seem to run as it ought to, I wonder what we are paying for.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:54 PM
Response to Reply #28
121. There's faith in a people's government -- not in corporate government -- !!!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:58 PM
Response to Reply #28
125. What will work is closing down MIC, wars -- repairing our infastructure ...
acknowledging Global Warming and the changes we have to make to survive --

like closing down 103 nuclear reactors across the US -- !!

And giving corporations the bill for environmental damage they've caused over

100 years and more!

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 04:48 AM
Response to Reply #125
183. There is enough meaningful and necessary public works
for full employment that could last a century. It's a far better alternative to perpetual war.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 09:53 PM
Response to Reply #183
200. True -- and it benefits all of us ... not just the few--!! Too many warprofiteers still around ....
and I don't know if you saw the Susan Landauer link I've been putting up --

but evidently we were close to a settlement with Iraq on lifting the SANCTIONS

just before 9/11 --

They had agreed to everything the Government/CIA wanted in way of inspections --

plus tremendous deals for our capitalists -- 1 million American cars every year --

huge profits for our businesses --

the only loser was the MIC!!

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 05:13 AM
Response to Reply #200
203. The MIC will not be permitted to lose.
No wonder Eisenhower was so concerned. They had the U.S.A. by the ass clear back then. Vietnam is a perfect example. Now we are doing another Vietnam in Afghanistan and Iraq. It is perfectly clear why they did away with the draft.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 10:15 PM
Response to Reply #203
208. Ike was a "conspiracy theorist" --- !! And he wanted to include not only MIC but CIA -- !!
Ike was after the "Military Industrial Intelligence Complex" --

they took it out of his drafts TWICE!

Did you see the article today where military are complaining about how poor they

are and if this keeps up they'll have to go back to a draft?


ROFL

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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:47 AM
Response to Reply #16
27. there is no such thing as a magic bullet
so, back to the question: do you suggest he do nothing? What do you suggest, then?
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:53 AM
Response to Reply #27
30. You know if I had to devise a plan I'd go with Cramer's recommendation...
Boost the oil and gas production in the bakken shale through government loans to build out the infrastructure.

Then I would use the money paid back from the loans to fund a move to solar.

Things like that.

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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:07 PM
Response to Reply #30
32. Things proposed my Jim friggin Cramer?
He is a crypto conservative fool running a show that caters to wall street speculative gambling and ultimately negative investment. I would not buy a damned apple from that charlatan. Even John Stewart got video of him on camera coaching a young bond trader on how to lie to break the law and not get caught.

Why should we put out government loans to build infrastructure for an extremely short term resource that would primarily enrich the oil companies and pay the government back absolutely paltry interest rates on the money lent out? It is the height of fiscal irresponsability. Too much squeeze and too little juice. It would be far better to sink the entire principle in more green energy start ups in renewable resources. Of course that wouldn't be as profitable for the wealthiest corporations in the history of the world.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:21 PM
Response to Reply #30
45. When I worked in the oil industry many years ago, removing oil from
shale was viewed as a very unprofitable affair. Probably still is. I think it is a red herring.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:13 PM
Response to Reply #45
103. Halliburton hired 11,000.
They are predicting more 70,000 jobs in North Dakota, so 100,000 total to extract 1,000,000 barrels.

Supposedly they have had advances in this area which are already creating oversupply at Cushing I believe.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:55 PM
Response to Reply #103
122. And who's going to pay the bill for destruction of the environment?
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 01:30 AM
Response to Reply #122
173. Taxpayers. Just wait. The taxpayers will pay.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:07 AM
Response to Reply #173
185. Always. Just like the superfund sites........nt
Edited on Tue Sep-20-11 05:08 AM by Enthusiast
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 09:57 PM
Response to Reply #185
202. See my response above -- but you're also right about Superfund sites --
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...


Corporations were supposed to be funding it -- and Bush took them off the hook --

think the funds just collapsed?

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 05:17 AM
Response to Reply #202
204. And these environmental
"chickens" will come home to roost in the form of cancer outbreaks and other assorted human ailments. Maybe this is behind the right wing's effort to de-industrialize the nation. Probably just greed.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 09:18 PM
Response to Reply #204
207. True -- and Pollution = Illness and Disease in America -- Cancer, Asthma, Leukemia ---
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 09:56 PM
Response to Reply #173
201. Well, the chat I'm reading is that we have been paying for it -- pensions stolen ... ???
Only a few are writing about this so far -- but Global Warming has been

creating a huge amount of damage and some are saying that's why they've

been raiding the pension funds -- !!


?????

And much more of this chaotic weather ahead of us still --

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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 10:25 AM
Response to Reply #103
195. I hope
The total production is going to be a million barrels a day but that isn't until 2020 in all likelihood. No one is certain about how long it will last and the EIA has another number at 350K barrels per day. In either event we currently use about 18 million barrels a day so at absolute best in 8 years time it might supply 5% of our total oil.

Sadly it makes use of fracking a process that all but garauntees groundwater pollution, and has even done so already in North Dakota where they are using this process at its currently low level of production of 225 K barrels per day. So either increase pollution by 50% or multiply it by almost 4.5 to arrive at the amount of damage it can do to groundwater. Groundwater is not some crazy plant or a spotted owl or a little lizard. Groundwater is what we drink, what we feed our crops, and what we use for most of the processes required for life and production.

So, once more, it is a really stupid idea brought to us by a really stupid charlatan of a financial advisor.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:44 PM
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53. Deleted message
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TBF Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:12 PM
Response to Reply #30
60. lolol nt
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cheapdate Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:16 PM
Response to Reply #30
62. Shale oil production is no panacea.
It's a difficult way to turn a profit, as many energy companies have found over the last several decades. Shale oil is no game changer. At best, it's a fall-back energy source when we reach the point where getting energy from rock is our last, best alternative.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:16 PM
Response to Reply #62
105. If you are saying it's very labor intensive...well there you go.
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cheapdate Donating Member (197 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:13 PM
Response to Reply #105
131. No, it's not labor intensive
It's very energy intensive and requires significant quantities of water. But it's not labor intensive.
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NickB79 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:33 PM
Response to Reply #30
73. Shale oil? Talk about an addict looking for crack rocks in the couch cushions
Shale oil is scraping the bottom of the barrel wrt oil production.

The amount of money required to move our energy grid to renewables is measured in TRILLIONS of dollars. The money we'd get back from Bakken oil shales isn't even close to enough to make a dent in solar installation, but the amount of CO2 added to the atmosphere WOULD be enough to make a dent in things like a stable climate, ocean acidity, ice cap coverage, etc.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:54 PM
Response to Reply #30
77. One word: Water. LOTS of it. You have to boil the rocks. nt
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 04:08 PM by patrice
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duhneece Donating Member (967 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:31 PM
Response to Reply #77
111. 2 words: water contamination
Communities too often end up with undrinkable water while profits are made for those few. We need to invest in solar, renewable options.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:56 PM
Response to Reply #111
123. Right -- just more corporate destruction of the environment -- !!
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:52 PM
Response to Reply #111
143. I don't even feel my usual sense of responsibility to be reasonable about this.
I'm not even going to grab my little security blanket of "trying to understand" the opposition.

I feel no responsibility for them whatsoever.

This one's simple.

Fuck, no!!!

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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:10 AM
Response to Reply #111
186. Then the water speculators
will have a field day. Part of the plan?
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:23 PM
Response to Reply #30
84. Cramer?
I'm still waiting on your good suggestion.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:05 AM
Response to Reply #30
184. OMG!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:00 PM
Response to Reply #27
126. NEW DEAL was a pretty damned good "magic bullet" -- we need a repeat of that one -- !!
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 08:00 PM by defendandprotect
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SemperEadem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 10:00 AM
Response to Reply #126
194. the New Deal was sound policy and that's what we need a repeat of.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 09:50 PM
Response to Reply #194
199. It was also one of the greatest stimulus programs ever -- !!
We've had too many criminal go-arounds with capitalism -- should be put in

the dumpster and we should move on to economic democracy -- you can't have

a democracy without economic democracy and capitalism ain't it!!


As Michael Moore says -- Capitalism is an evil and you can't regulate an evil!

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SnowCritter Donating Member (192 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:10 PM
Response to Reply #16
35. But that's the problem -
If it could pass the House, it won't work; if it works, it won't pass the House.

Classic Catch-22.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:22 PM
Response to Reply #35
46. It is worth a try. Average Americans would support it and loudly.
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dotymed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:15 PM
Response to Reply #46
90. Of course and this should have happened over two
years ago. Re-instating taxes on the wealthy is a no-brainer. Two continuous wars, a few other "covert wars," the largest income disparity in the world, 20% real unemployment,etc.., how can anyone even deny it?

The blatant part is the timing. It is election time let's throw some crumbs on the peasants. It is just an election gimmick, but it must be passed. So, of course if (and it can easily be passed, by using his bully-pulpit, because we actually have only ONE CORPORATE PARTY in American politics.) it is passed, we will have another "lesser of the evils" election and so it goes...a perfectly choreographed number on Americans again.

Yep, that means Obama is damned if he does or doesn't (especially if he doesn't), the majority have TALKED about the necessity to primary President Obama to death. Sadly, that is ALL WE have done. Here it is the bottom of the eighth and we have no-one as our clean-up batter. Just the same old bullshit.

That is what pisses me off. We are nothing but talk. We have bitched and complained over the injustices and have not have not gotten anyone to represent us. So here comes the shit. Obama might fight for this election time nugget instead of immediately caving.

I don't want him to cave, but I want a real peoples President to represent what we already know is the right course, in the upcoming elections. Ideally, we would let Obama (and help) do this,

yet still run an honest Progressive in the elections. No more lesser of the 2 evils....
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:01 PM
Response to Reply #35
127. Can't wait until Dems ONLY control the House -- then they can control EVERYTHING !!! ROFL
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A wise Man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:01 PM
Response to Reply #16
40. Seems that you have a problem
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 01:08 PM by A wise Man
with anything that this President does. I guess you'd prefer the rethugs to run the country like they fucked it up from 2000 to 2006 and 8???????? How do you think this country got in the mess its in, in the first place or have you been out of town off this planet???
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:41 PM
Response to Reply #40
136. Wait ... aren't you telling us that the Repugs ARE running the country .... ?
Evidently if you control simply the House you can run EVERYTHING?

Can't wait until Dems control ONLY the House!!

Yippee!!

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kimsarah Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:22 PM
Response to Reply #11
154. Last time I checked
... saying something and doing something are two different things. But heck, what does a "f-ing retard" know?
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:19 PM
Response to Reply #7
43. We don't need that kind of weak ass attitude
When we're in for the fight of our lives next year.
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Historic NY Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:47 PM
Response to Reply #7
56. Really isn't this what the people overwhelmingly what to tax the rich....
and kill the Bush tax cuts. :shrug:

nothing is going to get fixed until there is revenue to pay down the debt. I know myself I'm using my extra money to pay off loans. I've doubled or tripled my payments to get rid of the debt.
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Kolesar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:23 AM
Response to Reply #3
19. Ha!
Rapier like
Well played
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:52 PM
Response to Reply #3
120. ROFL ... !!!
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Frances Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:12 AM
Response to Reply #1
14. Does it really matter to you
why Obama is doing this if it helps you?
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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:12 AM
Response to Reply #1
15. What do you propose he does?
The GOP isn't going to pass anything he puts on the table simply because doing so gives him win.

All he can do is use the bully pulpit to state the obvious, the GOP are obstructionist and work only for the rich.

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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:24 AM
Response to Reply #15
20. And that is what we are so cheered about..no action just something to use the bully pulpit on.
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kenfrequed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:38 AM
Response to Reply #20
24. Whose side are you on?
Seriously, we need THIS President Obama more and the Bipartisan President Obama a hell of a lot less.

Precisely how well has the unending capitulation worked? How well has compromising our compromised, comprise before even taking it to the bargaining table worked? How good has it been for ourside to twist ourselves into pretzels to accomodate Republican demands? In terms of policy or strategy has this been a win for us so far?

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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:45 AM
Response to Reply #24
26. If you want nothing passed then that is easy enough to accomplish.
Doesn't do much good for anyone though.

What beats me is where you think we will be after 2012 even if Obama wins. Hell we can pass nothing for the next 6 years if that is what you want.
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adhd_what_huh Donating Member (368 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:52 AM
Response to Reply #26
29. Soooo...your mad at Obama because Republicans are bad!
I don't think you are being rational at all.
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maxsolomon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:56 AM
Response to Reply #26
31. we need to take back the house
and then something MIGHT be able to pass that doesn't turn our stomachs.

when he's re-elected in 2012 (start wanting it, the alternative would be a fucking disaster worse than *), and we DON'T take back the house (which i anticipate), then the GOP will start playing for 2016, and may be more willing to compromise. Obama didn't start the endless-campaign-at-the-expense-of-america, the GOP did when they chose obstruction and general dickery.
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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:22 PM
Response to Reply #15
47. Right. Liberal N proud.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:42 PM
Response to Reply #47
137. OBAMA can also renew a BUY AMERICAN program for government ... and agencies--!!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:03 PM
Response to Reply #15
128. Obama can extend MEDICARE to all citizens -- !! Two -- he can end the wars/bring troops home-!!
And then he can submit a bill for environmental damage over 100 years to corporations

and elites -- and shut them all down!

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pam4water Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:08 PM
Response to Reply #1
33. +1
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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:59 PM
Response to Reply #1
38. +1 Million
Unfortunately. Sigh.

Where the hell has he been for 3 years? Oh yeah, playing footsie with the Republicans. :mad:
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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:17 PM
Response to Reply #1
68. IMO if he does not get elected we have lost everything anyway.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:36 PM
Response to Reply #68
116. who else is there?
I don't think anyone can do as well
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kimsarah Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:26 PM
Response to Reply #116
156. Nice try!
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 03:56 PM
Original message
Who do you suggest?
Perry?
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 03:56 PM
Response to Reply #156
206. Who do you suggest?
Perry?
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:43 PM
Response to Reply #68
138. Obama is elected -- and we've lost almost everything -- !! What's the difference?
Let's draft Bernie Sanders -- and go with a liberal for a change!

Bernie can run on a split ticket -- and he's a better democrat than

most Democrats!

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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:01 PM
Response to Reply #138
152. I still get my SS and my daughter still has her medicare. There are
a lot of things I still have that the rethugs want to take away from all of us. We are one step away from losing the SCOTUS for the next 40 years if we let rethugs take over. But then you know these things.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 09:45 PM
Response to Reply #152
198. Did you miss that Obama put Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid "on the table" ... ????
Wasn't GOP that did that --

And it wasn't the GOP that STOPPED COLA's -- for the third year now in 2012!!

And it wasn't the GOP that STOPPED the funding of Social Security forcing it to

use government funds -- !!


Obama is moving ever more to the right -- you may think you have something at this point

but you can't be sure he won't take it away tomorrow --

LOL with that!!


Meanwhile, we need someone in the White House we can implicitly trust --

someone like Bernie Sanders -- !!!


We need two strong anti-war candidates -- to stop these wars bankrutping the Treasury --

not to mention they are immoral and illegal!

We need two candidates who will strongly support MEDICARE FOR ALL -- which would actually

create jobs -- 2.3 million of them!!


Let's stop acting out of FEAR -- that was the first lesson FDR taught during the first

Depression --

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jwirr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-21-11 09:25 AM
Response to Reply #198
205. No I did not but I am old enough to remember that it was not the gop
that helped me with anything in my entire life. Obama may be the president (which protects the SCOTUS) but he does not rule alone - I am hoping for a Democratic congress that will stop him in this kind of idiot actions.

I have one other reason to believe he will not destroy these programs like the rethugs want to: he was elected the first black president - he does not want to go down as the first black president who betrayed the people who voted for him. History would not be kind.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:10 PM
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89. Deleted message
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razorman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:35 PM
Response to Reply #1
92. Saving the economy is the only way he wil be reelected.
But the fact is, no one person(even a president) has much control over the economy. So, I am afraid there is not much he can really do, although he will certainly get the blame if it does not improve.
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:35 PM
Response to Reply #1
113. no one person can save the economy
we all have to work together
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:06 PM
Response to Reply #113
129. People are the economy -- 2/3rd or more of it -- we don't need corporations ...
in fact, it's time for Obama to hand them the bill for 100 years and more of

environmental damage -- and close them all down!

Time to put capitalism in the dumpster --

if you want democracy, then we need economic democracy -- and capitalism ain't it!!


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RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:34 PM
Response to Reply #1
133. And your reply is so DUMB ! You're either a LaDOUCHIE or a troll. Which is it?
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:54 PM
Response to Reply #1
151. If he did the same exact same thing but hoped to save the economy...
...would it make any difference?
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xxqqqzme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:55 AM
Response to Original message
4. Campaign Obama needs
to get in touch w/ President Obama. They need to merge.
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undeterred Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:57 AM
Response to Original message
6. Well, it is class warfare if you're on the short end of the stick.
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Doc Holliday Donating Member (62 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:03 AM
Response to Reply #6
8. It's only class warfare
when the people with the feet on their necks object. Otherwise, it's a welfare state.
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Demeter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:22 AM
Response to Reply #8
18. Still, I Object to Welfare for the Obscenely Wealthy
coming out of the pockets of "the little people", as they like to call anyone in the first 98%tile.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:47 PM
Response to Reply #18
57. Love your quote from Damage in your sig line. Excellent film.
And you are BOTH right about welfare!
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graywarrior Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:39 PM
Response to Reply #8
52. +1
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:09 PM
Response to Reply #6
130. No -- "Class warfare" is rich usurping wealth and natural resources of the nation --
and moving it out of the commonwealth and into the arms of the few!

It's welfare for the rich and free enterprise for the poor --


Land grants and subsidies for oil companies -- letting corporations destroy

nature and the environment, polluting oceans and air --

Time for Obama to present elites/corporations with the bill for destruction

of the environment -- for Global Warming -- and begin to shut them all down!

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rosesaylavee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:04 AM
Response to Original message
9. Thank you for the thread kpete.
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zogofzorkon Donating Member (256 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:06 AM
Response to Original message
10. The same Obama that asked for public sector Unions to sacrifice is now
a friend of the seniors whose pensions he wants sacrificed, the teacher whose belt he wants tightened and the poor whose numbers keep increasing. Some of us have memories that can't be wiped clean w/ words that hope to change our conclusions of whose where on what.

"I do say, though, to my friends in the public sector unions that it is important that you are on the side of reform where reform is needed. Because the truth of the matter is, is that at a time when everybody is belt-tightening, there is nothing wrong with a union saying to itself, you know what, we know budgets are hard right now. Let's sit down and say we're willing to negotiate so that we're making some sacrifices to maintain the number of teachers in the classroom and keep class sizes at a reasonable level. We're willing to make some modifications in terms of how our pension systems work so that they're sustainable for the next generation of teachers as long as it's a conversation, as opposed to it simply being imposed and collective"

from <http://blogs.govexec.com/fedblog/2011/08/obama_to_union... >

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JDPriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:24 PM
Response to Reply #10
48. People can't sacrifice themselves into starvation and bankruptcy.
Teachers are not overpaid. It's the wealthy who are overpaid including the Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley banking crowd.
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chervilant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:25 PM
Response to Reply #10
71. Ironic,
isn't it, that Mr. Obama expects various members of our vast Hoi Polloi (both middle class and lower) to fully embrace austerity, yet he continues to avoid holding war criminals responsible for their crimes, and the 'Wall Steet' criminals responsible for their fraud...

Compelling these vile hedonists/criminals to PAY for their crimes--and stopping our fruitless and resource-draining military presence in virtually EVERY nation on this planet--would be a faster and more effective way to put our economy on the road to recovery.

(Just waiting for my post to be slammed, and/or to get 'teh list' in response...)
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:26 AM
Response to Reply #71
187. No slam from this quarter.
They won't even acknowledge Wall Street fraud.

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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:07 PM
Response to Reply #10
79. Right on! The 1st priority should be for you to stay in control of your own position.
Gotta get out ahead of them to do that.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:46 PM
Response to Reply #10
139. No -- unions and workers have SACRIFICED for since 1970's ... !!!
We've had a 35% increase in production with wages STAGNANT over decades --

The public has SACRIFICED -- Now it's time for elites/corporations to be

brought under control -- not to mention the MIC and war machinery!!


Let's give corporatiosn the bill for the environmental destruction they caused

over 100 years -- and shut them all down!

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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:07 AM
Response to Original message
12. It's both-the corporate fascists transfer of wealth to themselves k&r
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MidwestTransplant Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:29 AM
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22. That's a great line.
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HereSince1628 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:15 PM
Response to Reply #22
61. Indeed. Where's this been hiding?
A majority of the citizenry have already decided this is what should be done. The people were at this point many months ago. It's amazing that DC has been so slow to acknowledge popular sentiment and represent the will of the people.




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BeyondGeography Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:30 AM
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23. Good line
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mvd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:09 PM
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34. The only class warfare has been done by the Repukes.
It was started in the 70s and has only escalated.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:48 PM
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140. Exactly -- it's time to give corporations the bill for environmental damage -- Global Warming -- !!!
And shut them all down --

We don't need elites -- to run an economy -- citizens are 2/3rd of the economy!

The rest is corruption -- and crime!!

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kimsarah Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:33 PM
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158. Better check your history
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 11:22 PM by kimsarah
... Plenty of Dems (how about Christopher Dodd, for an example) have aided in the destruction of the middle class and further pissing on the lower class as we once knew it
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BlueIris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:23 PM
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36. He just widens the credibility gap a little more each day.
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 12:24 PM by BlueIris
My God, I have never seen such incompetent spin. It's like he's not even trying anymore.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:29 AM
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188. When they stop trying....
"The illusion of freedom will continue as long as it's profitable to continue the illusion. At the point where the illusion becomes too expensive to maintain, they will just take down the scenery, they will pull back the curtains, they will move the tables and chairs out of the way and you will see the brick wall at the back of the theater."
Frank Zappa
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InkAddict Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:40 PM
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37. Where do I go to sign up for the double-blind clinical trial of the
new drug to cure worker-resistant the terminal disease, zombie-ism? What about informed consent? Long-term side effects? Is there a pretty blue ribbon to self-identify support? What if I get the placebo instead of the drug that either works or doesn't? A PSA or info-commercial, even slated for non-prime time hours, is gonna cost a fortune, no?
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Mr Deltoid Donating Member (694 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 12:59 PM
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39. So simple even a teabagger can understand it!
K&R
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Modern_Matthew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:03 PM
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41. I gave the reelection campaign $5 today. He got me fired up.
I wish the obstructionists would tone down the hate a bit.
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:28 PM
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49. Finally, the first hints of some fight!
It is not just what gets proposed in speeches, he must act through leadership and negotiations to stand behind a democratic agenda, including not only the bully pulpit but the veto as well.

Part of what the dems need to do on a massive prolonged basis is to fight back on the level of ideas and to start driving the ignorant, selfish and ultimately country destroying nonsense of the repukes back to the dark corners from which it came.

He needs to change the understanding, the conventional thinking of the independents away from the myths of the right.
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separationcs Donating Member (28 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:30 PM
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50. Finally
The Left is getting bumper sticker slogans that the normal 3rd grade educated American is able to use....Now, implement them!
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saras Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:31 PM
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51. When you're fighting people that reject science, math IS class warfare.
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AllyCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:46 PM
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54. Um, isn't that THREE wars? While I commend the President for saying this
I know they will water it down in the end to make him look bad, make us pay it all, and let the rich continue to laugh at protesters in New York while they quaff wine.
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EvilMonsanto Donating Member (145 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 01:59 PM
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58. I think Obama is doing what he thinks is right
And that's a good thing
But he's not ending the wars

So I don't know who to support right now
Anyone hear anything about Kuccinich running again?

If we have an economy you can't just not talk about the biggest threat to the economy

and that's unsustainable multiple never-ending wars
You just can't not talk about it, you just can't
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katty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:31 PM
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63. it's evident wall st/GOP isn't interested in 'math'-and we do have
quite a bit of class warfare going on-and it doesn't seem to be ending anytime soon.
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mistertrickster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:37 PM
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64. I knew Obama was under there somewhere . . . Starting to like this guy again. nt
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:41 PM
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65. if he and Dems in Congress stick to their guns on this, it could have one of two good effects:
1. shame enough Republicans to vote for it to pass.

2. if it doesn't pass, it will be a great stick to beat some republicans with in the election and hopefully chase them out of office.
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RickFromMN Donating Member (275 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:49 PM
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100. I don't think enough Republicans will be shamed to vote for this...and that's a good thing.

President Obama's bill won't turn the economy around before the election.

We need the Republican obstructionism. The Republicans must be scape goats.
The Republicans are, after all, responsible for the mess we are in.

People are starting to turn against the Tea Party extremists. It's about time.

The label, the Party for the Rich, needs to hang firmly around every Republican neck.

The lie, the Rich create jobs, needs to be thoroughly debunked.
We had 10 years with the Rich getting richer. Where are the jobs?

I can't think of a good slogan...one must be found.
The general population aren't patient enough to listen to professorial lectures.

We need slogans, short and snappy and to the point...things like...
The Rich got richer...where are your jobs? -or-
Sure the Rich created jobs...in India and China and ... but not here.
I'm not very good with slogans...help think of some good slogans!

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Overseas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 02:52 PM
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66. K&R. Glad to hear it.
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:21 PM
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69. I heard a clip of him on the radio on Medicare
Here's the exact quote.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/itsallpolitics/2011/09/19/1405...
OBAMA: And I will veto any bill that changes benefits for those who rely on Medicare but does not raise serious revenues by asking the wealthiest Americans or biggest corporations to pay their fair share.


He was doing fairly well till then. He sure left the door open for changing benefits on Medicare in return for tax increases - then he can say, "see, everybody has to share the sacrifice" - seemingly one of his favorite notions. As if the lower roughly - what? 85%? higher? - of us have not already "sacrificed" up the wazoo for the Banksters and our Corporate Overlords.

I sure as hell would like to be wrong, but I refuse to hope.



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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:30 PM
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109. Yes he did...and as we've learned...listen carefully to Obama's "outs"
where he "leaves the door open" and the Repugs barrel in ...and he feigns ignorance about it all. :-(
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:51 PM
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141. So ... we're going to have an Obama ... "you fooled me twice" go around??? Wow!!
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:22 PM
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70. The bashing here will simply never end. He does something people here hate, they howl
like screech monkeys (he hates liberals, he hates old people, he's a Republican!). He does something people here have suggested/demanded that he do, and they howl like screech monkeys again (it's just for getting re-elected! He doesn't mean it! Too late!). I swear to God, it's asinine. Once again, much of the criticism leveled at him is PERSONAL DISLIKE of the man, not his policies.
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:10 PM
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81. now now ...
i tend to be critical of President Obama, but when he does something good, I cheer him on. This is a good thing. So i posted a supportive message.

Not all of us are screech monkeys -- we simply react to how he treats us.

Today, he did good. :thumbsup:


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kimsarah Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:27 PM
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164. True
a good day.
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joshcryer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:21 PM
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132. Correct.
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Liberalynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:32 PM
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72. I like it alot.
Lets just hope he sticks to it, no matter what the Pukes do or say. He at least needs to make the contrast between our side and their side extremely clear. The lines have been too blurred in the recent past.

We need alternatives to the Pukes not an echo chamber!
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movingviolation Donating Member (47 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 03:33 PM
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74. I hate these god damn republicans
Everytime I see them talking on tv fills my heart with murderous rage. Fuck them, fuck them all to hell.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:12 PM
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82. Welcome!!
:hi:
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movingviolation Donating Member (47 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:21 PM
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153. Thanks Patrice!
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:49 PM
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168. I liked what you said earlier! I feel pretty strongly too, but won't allow myself to say it.
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 11:54 PM by patrice
I'm going to stick by that rule for me, but that doesn't mean I can't enjoy it when someone else nails it.

I like that you didn't get all rude and crude, just a nice clean STRONG emotional fact!
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Still Blue in PDX Donating Member (633 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:55 PM
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101. Well said, and welcome to DU. nt
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movingviolation Donating Member (47 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:24 PM
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155. Thanks Still blue in PDX!
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Force11 Donating Member (3 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:38 PM
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148. Woah Nellie!
Dude, take it easy broseph. I can't believe you didn't get censored. I remember a time when repubs and dems didn't hate each other so much. They hate you and say the same things as you do. Politicians finally figured out that the only way to get total control over everything is to have us viscously attacking each other. Its standard war practice. Sow discord among those you wish to conquer. Divide and destroy if you will. Until the anger and resentment goes away, there will never be anything like the USA of my childhood. Try and be positive with your arguments. Use facts and information to spread your message. The other way only makes Dems look foolish and causes more fighting. Be smarter than that. The fight is always won by the smarter opponent. Right now, that is not you.
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movingviolation Donating Member (47 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:38 PM
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161. I'm feeling better now since I turned the cable news off.
Those talking elephant buts just irk me to no end. I just wish they would stop playing political games with our lives. They are cruelly playing with fire, they don't care if the whole house burns down.
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patrice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:58 PM
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170. You ARE right, but that felt good anyway, probably because it was an indulgence some of us
usually refrain from.

Your suggestions are good.
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lsewpershad Donating Member (964 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:00 PM
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78. Yes it is class warfare
The filthy rich against the middle and working classes.
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:07 PM
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80. sounds like our president is borrowing tactics out of the R's playbook
good for him! :D

And I love how he's associated Warren Buffet's name with his proposal.

Keep kicking their butts, President O!!!


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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:33 PM
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112. Gotta do that "Branding." Strategists told him to use Warren Buffet as his "foil"
against the Repugs. Don't you see how he works it? Get the Think Tanks to set up his speeches and give him a "message or hook" and then send him out to swindle or hoodwink folks because he gives a GREAT SPEECH...when he's "On His Game" which hasn't been often in the last 12 months or so...but he thinks he "hit it outta' the park" with this one. Even though, it was a rehash of the rest of his speeches freshened up with the veto thread which means little if we look at his real track record. :-(
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shireen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 12:19 PM
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196. well, i've not given up on this president yet.
i believe he's fundamentally a good man, and he'll be a more forceful progressive during his second term.

I'm mad about a lot of things he's done, but i also appreciate the good he's done.

Politics is very complex.


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Bill USA Donating Member (628 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:22 PM
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83. recommended! everybody should go to the WH contact page to send Obama a message -
Edited on Mon Sep-19-11 04:24 PM by Bill USA


"FINALLY YOU ARE ACTING LIKE YOU ARE NOT AFRAID OF THE REPUBLICANS! GLAD TO SEE YOU TAKE A STAND!....AT LAST!"


http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:31 PM
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85. a big step in the right direction ....
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:48 PM
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87. Pres Obama, it is class warfare. Why do you refuse to recognize that. There is always class warfare.
Let's get it out in the open. Commit yourself Pres Obama to helping WE THE PEOPLE in this class war.
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Jim_Shorts Donating Member (355 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:14 PM
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104. When he says that, he dulls our blade to fight against it
If it is not true, then what is this? (graph would look much worse if it were up to date)


Here is what FDR said : These economic royalists complain that we seek to overthrow the institutions of America. What they really complain of is that we seek to take away their power. Our allegiance to American institutions requires the overthrow of this kind of power.
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rhett o rick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:30 PM
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110. He acts like if he acknowledges the class war, he will make our overlords mad. Shame on him.
He has to pick a side, if he hasnt already.
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kimsarah Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:30 PM
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157. Class massacre
that has already been accomplished by the elite, as Mike Papantonio so pointedly suggested this evening. Now they're going after the scraps.
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Enthusiast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:38 AM
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189. History is composed entirely
of class warfare.
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rug Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 04:54 PM
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88. Make no mistake. It is class warfare.
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WVRICK13 Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:32 PM
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91. This Is The Man I Voted For in 2008
And this is the man I will vote proudly for in 2012 if he keeps this stance. I guess he finally figured out that being Mr. nice guy only got him abused by the GOP.
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KoKo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:36 PM
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115. We have hope...but, watch how it goes down.
It's always a disappointment. Why should THIS TIME..be different? What's changed for him? We Dems have no power over him. He wants the Indie and Repugs (who aren't Tea Partiers) and the rest of us be damned...His Party...(supposedly) that is. The one he's trashed over and over. Who is left ...left to believe what comes out of his mouth ...no matter how good it sounds. It was a "Campaign Speech." His polls are down...and it's nothing more than about the campaign.

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WVRICK13 Donating Member (930 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 06:23 AM
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191. I Had The Same Thoughts
but I am hoping that a sitting President has to have campaign actions, not speeches. I'm sure you hope you are wrong. I have to hope one more time. If it is a speech and not action then I will be a voter without a candidate.
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 05:39 PM
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93. The Reagan tax cuts and Bush tax cuts weren't math. They were class warfare and they know it.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:52 PM
Original message
Exactly -- and if Obama doesn't know that and can't say it, what use is he?
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begin_within Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:29 PM
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147. Very useful to the ruling class, apparently
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blank space Donating Member (266 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:02 PM
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94. Who cares what Obama says -
he say that he is going to increase the top tax rate to 79%, he can say that he is going to bring in universal health care, he can say that he is going to end illegal detention, he cay say that he is not going to tax the poor or slash their pensions - but what he DOES is entirely different.

We have seen what Obama says and does - and they are never the same thing, in fact they are Polar opposite - if there is one time I would never, ever, ever listen to a word this guy has to say its when he is campaigning - because apparently he will say anything, whatever it takes to sucker in all those lefty, greeny, progressives to get elected so that he can then sort out his mates finances and set big business up for their final departure from america to the international stage where they will not be bothered by ridiculous, petty national regulations.


Obama is a republican - deal with it.
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Arkana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:19 PM
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96. The only people that believe this live in a rage-induced red haze all day
and claim they can taste rectangles and hear magenta.
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blank space Donating Member (266 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:27 PM
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98. That would be what is known as synethesia - it is a condition.
But no - it is not a rage induced state.

As it happens I have no affiliation with either party - I am Australian - OOPS !!

I hold a masters in political philosophy and international relations - so, as you may guess my interests are in facts, truth and reality.

Obama is a classic "Egyptian Dancer" - one hand is offering you everything, while the other is taking.

It just blows my mind how people can even consider this guy to be anything but a Republican - the only conceivalbe reasoning as that people simply do not understand what a progressive left leaning liberal is - because the ACTIONS of Obama are absolutely, unequivocally, without any doubt what so ever NOT left leaning, progressive or liberal - he is further right that Nixon, Reagan and in a lot of respects Bush.

How can he be anything but a Republican when this is the case.
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Number23 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:00 PM
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102. How's that magenta tasting?
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SadPanda Donating Member (158 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:57 PM
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124. Huh? That's just not factual...
Ah forget it, I was going to spend 10 minutes writing up a long post on all of the bills passed in the first two years. All of the laws repealed. The pulldown in Iraq. Saving the auto industry. Passing a gigantic stimulus bill. Health care reform that focuses on pushing employers to provide health care to their employees. Saving hundreds of thousands of jobs in the public sector. Gay rights. Real success in the middle east. Including a military engagement in Libya where we toppled a 40 year dictator and only spent 5 billion. We spent 3 trillion on Iraq. A clear retraction from insane Israeli settlement policy.

Ah fuck it. I am not going to do that. I'm so sick of these posts that make Obama look like he has done absolutely nothing.
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rainlillie Donating Member (654 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:27 PM
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146. SadPanda, ITA!
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RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:52 PM
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142. And your comment is hyperbolic nonsense. Deal with THAT.
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underpants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:25 PM
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97. The right is afraid of math
and they already are convinced that EVERYTHING is class warfare--even if they aren't rich
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Rosa Luxemburg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:35 PM
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114. They probably failed Math
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earcandle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 06:39 PM
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99. Go Obama! We need tax revenue .. no more debt financing to pay the peoples bills!
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:55 PM
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144. Obama just EXTENDED $120 BILLION in tax cut for the rich ... which we had to BORROW ..!!!
and we covered it with $120 BILLION in loans at 1/2% higher interest because

we lost our AAA rating!!

THAT'S THE MATH WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT -- OBAMA'S MATH MAKES NO SENSE!!


Thanks, anyway -- I'll take Bernie Sanders in 2012!!

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kimsarah Donating Member (290 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:35 PM
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159. Go Bernie!
... and tap Elizabeth Warren as your v.p. while you're at it.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 07:49 PM
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118. Obama should have asked what it was when they let us BAIL THEM OUT?
Or when we all subsidize the oil industry --

And what kind of patriotism they practice when they're not paying taxess

for decades?

And when we taxpayers had to borrow $120 BILLION to cover the extending of the

cuts for the rich -- AND at 1/2% higher interest because of the drop in our credit rating!!!


We need to put capitalism is the dumptster --

NATIONALIZE the oil industry and our other natural resources ---

If RW wants to rip up peace treaties and rob Social Security funds and destroy

Medicare, we should be speedily removing them from government teats --

ending their government welfare!!


Our Congresses have allowed corporations to exploit nature and natural resources,

animal life -- and even other human beings --


In return, they've given us Global Warming -- and increasingly chaotic weather --

A MIC and CIA warmongering all over the world --

And 103 Nuclear reactors all over the US -- all increasing threats to us --






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RBInMaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 08:37 PM
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134. Glad to see the recs, but so much typical nutty fringe Obama bashing too. Pathetic.
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on point Donating Member (613 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 10:35 PM
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160. Action, not words is what counts. And one instance does not a pattern make
Obama often talks a good game, but has failed to back his words with follow through action time after time.

I support the new direction for sure (progressives have only been screaming it for months now after all), but he will have to PROVE himself through action.

He has lost our trust and will have to earn it back.

Now lets see him tackle the other items on the classic Rachel Maddow scoreboard for which there is super majority support in the country.
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w0nderer Donating Member (430 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:03 PM
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145. k&r n/t
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 09:53 PM
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150. Damned Obama and his elitist, socialist arithmetic! nt
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BloomTownie Donating Member (38 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:03 PM
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163. Rick Perry: "Math is hard."
Wow - first he brought back real science and now math! There is hope for our world yet!
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what0now0toons Donating Member (32 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:47 PM
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167. Class warfare and the rich is winning, & the morons plead their case!
Yeah it's class warfare, and we're the ones who are being had. With Foul news to whip up the rubes and the T-Party re-in-actors to march in front of the Corporate TV cameras telling us not to tax the rich, the media circus will blur and confuse the issue, carefully hiding the truth in plain sight!
Strange days indeed.
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colsohlibgal Donating Member (670 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Sep-19-11 11:55 PM
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169. Hypocrits
What have they been doing since the B actor took office, over the past 30 years? Why has that not been class warfare? Why don't Ed Schultz and other TV talkers show where tax on rich folk was under Ike, a REPUBLICAN..as in over 90%.

BTW hurray for non greedy to the last dime rich people like Buffett and Mark Cuban. Rich guys with the human emotion called empathy and a trait that is real patriotism.

Obama should have struck this note in January 2009 so I'm hoping he doesn't revert back to his center right form once he wins again.

All progressive need to keep the heat on, to shame the wingnuts and also the MSN, who have been pretty much ignoring the Wall Street protests even though they all all over it when 45 tea baggers congregate.

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NBachers Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 12:09 AM
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171. I sent ten bucks to Obama today, and twenty to the DCCC - Game On
Edited on Tue Sep-20-11 12:12 AM by NBachers
God, the pompous clucking, squawking, and tearing-down around here just bugs the hell out of me sometimes.

It's easy to wreck shit- anyone can do it.

First donations of many this election cycle

And I ain't rich- I work the floor in a local hardware store, I'm half-blind, and I'm a senior citizen with health issues.

Who else is donating?
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 12:21 AM
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172. Posted without comment.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 01:40 AM
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 02:34 AM
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178. keep pressing mr Pres
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bread_and_roses Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 05:59 AM
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190. "Obama's deficit-reduction plan would squeeze future Medicare recipients"
Well, now, the devil is always in the details:

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/obamas-health-...

Obama did promise Medicare beneficiaries that he'd veto any legislation asking them to sacrifice without also raising taxes on upper-income earners. But he didn't issue them a complete pass.

Instead, his administration is borrowing from corporate America's playbook by proposing to raise a range of costs for future retirees, while mostly shielding Medicare's 48 million current beneficiaries. Under the president's plan, starting in 2017 ...

... All told, Obama's plan would cut Medicare by $248 billion over 10 years and squeeze another $72 billion from Medicaid. Some of Medicaid savings involve shifting costs to the states by rejiggering the federal payment formula and limiting a strategy currently used by states to draw more federal dollars.

Two leading organizations that supported Obama's health care overhaul law are expressing concerns about his latest plan. AARP says it could result in arbitrary cuts to Medicare. Families USA, a liberal advocacy group, says the Medicaid cuts could undermine coverage for the uninsured.
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vets74 Donating Member (714 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 06:50 AM
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192. COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTERS (FQHCs) solve the Medicare $$$$$ problem.
This is a big deal.

Chronic Care systems amount to 3/4 of health care costs, somewhat more for the Medicare system.

The Kennedy-Sanders CHCs avoid fraudulent referrals -- the "McAllenization" phenomenon. Costs go off a 1/3 the private scamster costs.

See the Mayo Clinic shops for private examples. Honesty is possible in the private sector. It's just not economically encouraged. The Mayo Clinic people are angels....

Between Mayo Clinic, Veterans Health clinics, and the CHCs there are means available to cut Medicare costs by 1/2. Seriously.
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