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Barack2theFuture Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:20 PM
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Here's where you get to name three things you'd like to see President Obama do
Edited on Wed Aug-25-10 08:23 PM by Barack2theFuture
before the end of this year.

1. Appoint Elizabeth Warren as head of protecting consumers from the fucking goddamned capitalists. Use recess appointment if necessary.

2. Fire Summers and Geithner. Replace them with demand-siders.

3. Have a series of TV and radio heart-to-heart talks with the American people. Use that old Barack charisma, and lay out an aggressively progressive vision for a "New New Deal" focused on public-infrastructure-jobs and green initiatives to boost employment. Lay this out as a yardstick for the new Congress. As part of this, explain how the end of the republican tax cuts for the wealthy is a good thing, and suggest a generous new working Americans tax cut that reduces payroll taxes and puts $10,000 or more in the hands of each American family.

If I had a #4, it would be to end DADT.


Notice I took the "feasible" approach. I did not say "bring all the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan," which in a sane country would be the obvious #1.


Edited to add "fucking goddamned"
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Xipe Totec Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:24 PM
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1. Mine
1.- Close Gitmo

2.- Bring the troops back from Afghanistan

3.- Uphold constitutional rule.

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Barack2theFuture Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:39 PM
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4. your #2 ought to be everyone's #1
the constitutional rule one is huge--many, many issues in there . . .
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:32 PM
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2. Revisit health insurance reform asap.
And do more to get separation between government
And corporate interests.

Fire financial corporate insiders and replace with
Pro- citizen economic wealth builders.

And FIRST -- be the fierce advocate for lgbtiq people
You said you were going to be.

My last note is this: more corporate
Merging with government isn't the
Answer to corporations having too much
Influence in the first place.

America knew this going in.
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Motown_Johnny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:38 PM
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3. Hmmm.... only 3?

1) Investigate and prosecute Bush era crimes

2) Renegotiate all trade deals

3) Repeal Reagan era tax cuts (at least the 2nd round)
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Barack2theFuture Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:39 PM
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5. those would be good!
Edited on Wed Aug-25-10 08:40 PM by Barack2theFuture
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HuckleB Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:42 PM
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6. I want him to start a "President's Questions" in front of Congress, now.
In a world of reality TV, it might even garner big ratings, and it would show the complete stupidity and ignorance of the Republican Party. If Obama truly cares about continuing to make changes in this country, this step would help more than any other.

If he does that, good things will follow. I don't need three wishes.
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spartan61 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:45 PM
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7. Here are my three.
1. Institute a WPA like project to help with unemployment and our crumbling infrastructure.

2. Don't just talk about the bush admin but actually do something about it like investigation and prosecution.

3. Be sure to let the bush tax cuts for the wealthy expire, but not the ones for the middle class.
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:46 PM
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8. Here's my list...
1. Charge Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, et al with war crimes.

2. Name Elizabeth Warren to head the financial commission.

3. Get Medicare for all Americans.
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Hepburn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:47 PM
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9. Here are mine:
1. Medicare for all/Socialized medicine.

2. Immediately end DADT.

3. Get us out of both wars COMPLETELY.
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dkf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:54 PM
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10. Mine:
Massive refinance of all Fannie and Freddie mortgages that are current ala Bill Gross

Medicare for all

Enforcement of food regulations, labor laws at food processors.
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femmocrat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:57 PM
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11. #1 - Fire Arne Duncan!
#2 - Give us the educational reforms we were promised during the campaign.
#3 - Back single payer or at least the Public Option during a massive overhaul of the health care bill.
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elocs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 08:57 PM
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12. My 3, done fearlessly and with no compromise or hand wringing about bipartisanship:
1. LEAD
2. LEAD
3. LEAD
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Wolf Frankula Donating Member (118 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:04 PM
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31. My 4
Dump this bipartisanship crap and be a big D Democratic president.

Prosecute Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and the rest.

Support a robust public option.

and most of all FIGHT BACK GODDAMMIT!

Wolf
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quinnox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:00 PM
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13. 3 things
Public health option offered nationwide, government funded, states can opt out if they choose to.

Cut the defence budget (preferably in half) and say the reason is to help our massive deficit be put under control, since that is what the republicans seem sooo concerned about now.

Slowly wind down the troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq, until there are no more than 25,000 troops in either place, and then continue to wind down from there.
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depakid Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:00 PM
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14. I have just one- same thing that it's been since January 09
Return accountability under the rule of law to pre-Bush norms.

Unfortunately on this the administration gets an unequivocal fail. Repeatedly.

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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:06 PM
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15. Here's mine
1) Get the hell out of Afghanistan, and let them settle their own shit.

2) Declare his support for equal marriage like he did when he was an Illinois state senator.

3) Fire Geithner and Summers. Yeah, I know Boner wanted it, but I wanted it first. They're idiots.
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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:06 PM
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16. OK
Edited on Wed Aug-25-10 09:07 PM by ruggerson
1. Leave Afghanistan and Iraq entirely.

2. Make public education the #1 priority of the second half of his term.

3. Go to a large Baptist "super church" in the South and give a nationally televised, barn burning, shout it from the rooftops speech on gay equality being the great civil rights issue of our time and make the case for marriage equality, ENDA and an immediate end to DADT.

And then follow up with concrete actions on all three.
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:06 PM
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Stop Arctic and other drilling, fix health care asap, appoint Warren.
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Canuckistanian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:06 PM
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17. Mine
1. Prosecute torturers from the top down.

2. Reinstate Habeus Corpus with full protections in perpetuity.

3. Eliminate, criminalize (and prosecute, AGAIN) warrantless wiretaps, invasions of privacy and intelligence officer outings.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:36 PM
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18. 1. Restore restrictions on media including ownership and Fairness Doctrine.
2. Fix (eliminate) paperless electronic voting/tabulation.
3. Cease warfare in the service of big corps.

Could add lots more, but those three would really help.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-25-10 09:52 PM
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19. Deleted message
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Scuba Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 03:41 PM
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20. I understand your anger...
...I keep hoping it's some kind of ruse, but my hopes are fading.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 03:44 PM
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21. I love you.
:loveya:
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 09:22 PM
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25. I love you, too, dear Bluebear.
You're a real treasure. :loveya:
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 09:54 PM
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28. Notice you got deleted?
What this site has become.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:01 PM
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29. Oh well. I suppose someone alerted. "Not sufficiently supportive" or something like that.
Fuck 'em. At least it was up long enough for who knows how many people to read it.

I meant every damn word and it won't be the last time I say it. I've had it with the bullshit.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:13 PM
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35. Oh, DAMN, Scarlet, I missed it.
I know you probably took it right out of our collective brain, but I was thinking about something else at the time. DAMN!
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:44 PM
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37. Oh, it was no big deal...
(subject line) Right now, tonight? I can only think of one thing.

Just go away. Get your rightwing asskissing self and your neolib cronies out of the White House. Leave Biden in charge, or Pelosi -- I really don't care. Just go away.

Oh, and take your damn catfood commission with you.


(done from memory, and I omitted my sign-off line which was maybe a bit over the top.)

;)
sw
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:58 PM
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39. Great memory you have there.
I share your frustration. :hug:
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donco6 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 09:23 PM
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26. I pretty much said that in my letter to the WH today. n/t
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ipaint Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 09:28 PM
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27. + 1000
Took the words right out of my mouth.

Don't touch anything, please.
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demwing Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 03:46 PM
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22. After this latest round of bullshit? Just one thing - Retire
Step down. Quit. Paliniate. Go away.
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Bluebear Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 03:47 PM
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23. And take his catfood commission with him.
Thanks to Scarletwoman for that.
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slackmaster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 03:49 PM
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24. 1. 30-hour work week for everyone.
2. Complete and unconditional adoption of the Metric System.

3. More beer.
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flvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:01 PM
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30. Actually try to walk on water. And fail.
It would be a nice "told you so" for a lot of folks.
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scarletwoman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:31 PM
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36. ...
:rofl:
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:07 PM
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32. I'd settle for one
be a DEMOCRAT
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ibegurpard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:09 PM
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33. I honestly don't give a shit anymore
He lost me at healthcare "reform" and the hits have just kept on coming.
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:10 PM
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34. Bring charges against the guilty parties
that took us into Iraq in the first place, and every single high-level person involved in the torture program.

A girl can dream, can't she?
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Brickbat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 10:50 PM
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38. Lead on ending DADT, lead on implementing EFCA, and respect public education. Not holding my breath,
though.
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dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-26-10 11:04 PM
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40. Your number 3 isn't going to work
at least the part about Obama talking - especially as he's developed a track record of saying one thing and doing another.

The you list are great, but I won't hold my breath waiting for Obama to actually go to work on a "progressive vision". That might upset the ruling class he works for.
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