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  •  People criticized the President for saying what he (1+ / 0-)
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    did on Monday, not saying enough. I think his comment that "America always was and is still now a triple A country", said alot more that some think. I think it poo pooed the S&P downgrade, and it was intended to ralley Americans. If you have the stomach to tune into Fox news for a little while and wade through all the bullshit, you will see the downgrade of America by S&P, pissed off the conservatives as well. When everyone is done pointing fingers, and placing blame, they will possibly come together over this issue. It was putting in place an us against them mentality, seperating the patriots from the wannabees.

    •  as long as you're trying to gain the approval (1+ / 0-)
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      of the markets and bond rating agencies, you're an easy mark. i wish obama channeled a bit more RFK when it comes to the best metrics for the national economy:

      Too much and too long, we seem to have surrendered community excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. Our gross national product ... if we should judge America by that - counts air pollution and cigarette advertising, and ambulances to clear our highways of carnage. It counts special locks for our doors and the jails for those who break them. It counts the destruction of our redwoods and the loss of our natural wonder in chaotic sprawl. It counts napalm and the cost of a nuclear warhead, and armored cars for police who fight riots in our streets. It counts Whitman's rifle and Speck's knife, and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to our children.

      Yet the gross national product does not allow for the health of our children, the quality of their education, or the joy of their play. It does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages; the intelligence of our public debate or the integrity of our public officials. It measures neither our wit nor our courage; neither our wisdom nor our learning; neither our compassion nor our devotion to our country; it measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile. And it tells us everything about America except why we are proud that we are Americans.

      •  That would be wonderful, perhaps he can adopt (0+ / 0-)

        the last paragraph into some sort of National speech. That part of what RFK said is more timely now than ever, and it would be great for him to use it, criticize him all you want, but the man can deliver a speech, and he can bring  Bobby's words to life once again.

        Perhaps it would be worth a try to send it to either the W.H. or to Organizing for America an suggest it be used, especially now when the "supercommitte" has been selected and America needs a pep talk more than ever. These words are too beautiful to be only rolled out in a blog, they should be heard again by all Americans. It might just be the shot in the arm that we need.

        You have got to love Bobby and the way he said thngs.

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