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Sun Jul 31, 2011 at 09:32 PM PDT

Where do we go from here?

by Sean Casey

For me this is the last straw. I just can't believe in this guy anymore. I have no idea what he stands for. What, if anything, he would fight for. If there is a principle, other than compromise, that guides his actions. Really, tell me what he stands for? He parrots Republican language and ideas, then quotes Reagan. And if it is just a ploy, where is the turn around after the point is made. He doesn't come back, he stays right.
Save the apologist BS, and the "I still have faith" BS. Save the "there's nothing he could do about it" BS as well. There was, and he didn't even try. Lofty said it well in an earlier comment from another post: "it takes a democrat to actually do damage to social security and welfare." The most successful and iconic pieces of legislation for the middle class in the last century, and this clown says it's on the bargaining table. THERE ARE NO WORDS! And he is not the only one.

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Mon Jul 25, 2011 at 08:36 PM PDT

What did I just hear?

by Sean Casey

It appears to me that President Obama may have pulled a fast one. (And I am being kind with that characterization.) I certainly liked what I heard about a "fair and balanced" approach. About raising taxes on the top bracket. About reforming the tax code to reclaim revenues lost. But then I heard support for the Harry Reid proposal and the record skipped. Not that I have seen it, but my understanding from a number of sources is that there are no new revenues in that plan. It is, more or less, a plan to raise the debt ceiling and make some cuts that were proposed by Republicans. A clever ploy to reveal the Republicans for what they are, but not a "fair and balanced" plan. (Maybe in the Fox sense.) Certainly, not the one promised tonight that makes the millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.

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Do you think there will be a new revenue stream in the final plan??

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Tue Dec 15, 2009 at 03:11 PM PST

Do you hear them laughing?

by Sean Casey

Let's face it, the Democrats in Washington are an impotent joke. The corporate interests so threatened by the coming of the Democrats and the their super majority, are now sitting back laughing. "What were we worried about again?" An inspired speaker with a great intellect, Obama is just not a leader. He is being run by his cabinet and chief of staff, and therefore the special interests that run them. He is slowly abandoning the hope and change he convinced us was just round the corner. Several of today's headlines just hit home on this issue.

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Can you hear them laughing?

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we may get fined for buying overpriced health insurance. I understand that Obama showed grit tonight and he delivered a great speech, but substantively we are still where we were. I just watched two members of the progressive caucus say he hit a home run. He chastized the progressives about the public option. Not explicitely, but you had to understand that this was what he was talking about. How is that a home run? The aesthetics were great, but substantively I did not see what I wanted.

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Are we going to get the public option?

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Understanding that I am sometime way off in my own world, I have to ask if I am the only one who doesn't view this as total bullshit. The co-ops are nonsense and Conrad is losing that attempt to provide poltical cover, so now they have invented a new entity - the trigger option!
CNN: Obama about to pull the trigger on health care.

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Has sleep deprivation made me paranoid or is this a really bad attempt at political cover?

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Thu Sep 03, 2009 at 07:59 PM PDT

Signs of life?

by Sean Casey

I was going to do another WTF post, but I have seen signs of life. I want to be optimistic and I hope the things I have seen today are signs of things to come. I received the Obama facebook post asking me to put the "No one should die because they cannot afford health care, and no one should go broke because they get sick." message in my status. I received a wall post from a friend saying something very similar. I then received a very detailed message from Senator Caseys Office describing the plan he worked on and its inclusion of a public option.

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These are good signs,

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Fri Aug 21, 2009 at 09:33 AM PDT

A vote of no confidence?

by Sean Casey

Seems to be where our fearless (or fearful) leader is right now. First the Jon Stewart mocks the ability of his administration to deliver a cogent message. Then Joe Trippi is unable to offer an explanation for how or why the administration has lost the message. Then today, Paul Krugman puts a short, but pointed, column in the NYT about how Obama is losing the trust of progressives. Obama's Trust Problem  Then Arianna goes on Charlie Rose to discuss how Obama is compromising before he even gets to the fight. Obama is no FDR
Seem to be a theme developing here?

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What do you think is Obama's biggest problem right now?

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Mon Aug 17, 2009 at 07:30 PM PDT

Thank You Rachel

by Sean Casey

Rachel Maddow is, in my estimation, the most intellectually honest pundit on television. Calling out Obama, Baucus and Waxman during the first ten minutes of her show was inspiring. Someone in the media has finally said what many of us have been thinking now for weeks. Pelosi aside, the Democratic party is being led by a group of cowards. They absolutely own the federal government right now. They will never have a better chance to pass meaningful healthcare reform, and they nevertheless cower away from the fight that they all knew was coming. My Republican friends called this last year, in their ever so tactful manner "He doesn't have the balls to be President." Man it hurts to be wrong!

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The Democratic leadership, including Obama, is failing miserably.

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Fri Aug 07, 2009 at 06:01 PM PDT

Transparency? Not here!

by Sean Casey

This is just another WTF moment for me. I remember sitting in a town hall meeting in Hempfield High School, Greensburg, PA, and listening to the man I was about to support in opposition to almost the entire Democratic County Committee. They were of course supporting Hillary. I wanted change. I remember him very clearly describing how his fight for healthcare was going to be different than hers. He was going to bring everyone to the table, have the negotiations and debates televised so that the country could see who was saying what. Usher in a new era of transparency, because that was the way a democracy should be run. Haven't seen one of those meetings, but this really tells all.

White House confirms deal with PHARMA

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Your opinion of this action?

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Watching Dogget and Specter have their town hall meetings invaded and completely disrupted by the health industry thugs, my first question is how should I respond? Anyone who doesn't think these people are planted by either Repugs or healthcare industry lobbyist, doesn't get out in the political arena very often. These things are clearly staged, not spontaneous outburst from a concerned public. I think the media will ID the agents fairly quickly. But they can be very disruptive. So what to do when confronted by them?

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How do you counter the thugs?

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I realize that the details on this are a little sketchy right now, but if this is at all true my optimism regarding Obama is officially gone. He is just another Washington politician succumbing to the pressure of big industry lobbyists.

If you have any environmental concern, why would you even consider allowing logging in a rain forest? You would not! Clearly this is not a priority for his administration. As the artticle lays out, the logging industry, with the promise of jobs to the local economy, has been pushing this hard in Alaska.
Huffington Article

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Can you see any reasonable justification for logging a rain forest?

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Sat Apr 04, 2009 at 06:41 PM PDT

Guns, Bibles and Lunatics in PA

by Sean Casey

First and foremost, let me offer my most heart felt condolences to the families of those 3 officers.. Eric Kelly, Paul Sciullo, and Stephen Mayhle..They are victims of a very dangerous manipulation that has been occuring since last summer. The signs have been there for some time, but nobody has really gone after it. Where is the investigative reporting? I knew that law enforcement was going to catch the brunt of this and this most recent incident in Pittsburgh is going to be repeated. It is a dangerous game being played by another corrupt industry that has partnered with the right-wing. And again, they have gone too far!

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I have noticed the same thing here with regard to ammunition and handguns?

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