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  •  Really? (25+ / 0-)

    Who the hell cares about the timing?  So Boehner looks like an asshole, and Obama looks like somebody who's willing to give an asshole what he wants.  What else is new?  And how does that create jobs?

    I'm much more interested in what the president is going to propose, and much more importantly how he's going to go about trying to get it.  If Obama goes small-ball, proposing nickel and dime stuff, I will fear that even Rick Perry could beat him.  If Obama demands a lot more government action to create jobs now, and goes out to the country giving Republicans hell, I'll be a lot more optimistic for his re-election chances as well as the country's economic prospects.

    Obama ought to be careful asking voters to hold Congress accountable.  They might get the idea he should be too.  

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe. --Meteor Blades

    by Dallasdoc on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 07:57:51 PM PDT

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    •  Precisely, I am just interested in the proposals (4+ / 0-)

      and the speech, not the timing and which day it is.

      I do not care about the political games that Boehner and his pack of baggers are playing with the American people.

    •  I honestly don't expect much (5+ / 0-) the way of actual job-creating proposals. Just things that he thinks can get passed in a dysfunctional congress.

      Notice that word there?


      It's not the place to start.

      When you're dealing with someone who should be wearing a helmet to prevent self-injury (teabaggers), you need to start with a sympathetic/empathetic tone to calm them down, then tell them how things work.

      "I'm in charge", not "tell me what you want".

      And I'm DEFINITELY an Obama supporter saying this.

      "Doing My Part to Piss Off the Religious Right" - A sign held by a 10-year old boy on 9-24-05

      by Timbuk3 on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 08:19:54 PM PDT

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    •  Sums up the last year pretty well (13+ / 0-)
      So Boehner looks like an asshole, and Obama looks like somebody who's willing to give an asshole what he wants.

      "My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it until now." - JFK during the 1962 Steel Crisis

      by Betty Pinson on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 08:50:36 PM PDT

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    •  The content of Obama's proposals is crucial. (5+ / 0-)

      The dedication of Obama to fight for his proposals is crucial.

      The fuss over "when" to give the speech sets the stage for the president's proposals and sets the stage as to the circumstances around which he speaks.

      One:  Whoever sets the calendar of events in the White House should be fired.  That they tried to double-book the president over a Republican debate was just stupid. No, I don't give a rat's ass about the Republican debate. But it is the perfect ... "foil" for the Republican's to use against the president.  And the White House calendar handed this "win" to the Republicans. Of course, the content is much more important, but now the content arrives on a stage set with "The Republicans pushed the President around again, already, and now, the President's bi-partisan proposals."  WTF?

      Two:  Once again, he starts with "bi-partisan" proposals. Not only that, he expects Democrats to support his pushing "bi-partisan" proposals.  WTF is up with that?  What makes the President not ask Democrats to support Democratic proposals?  Will he never promote Democratic concepts? Ever?

      Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better. -- Harry S Truman

      by YucatanMan on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 09:08:03 PM PDT

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    •  Bang (2+ / 0-)
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      blueoasis, Dallasdoc

      "Obama ought to be careful asking voters to hold Congress accountable.  They might get the idea he should be too."

      Nailed it.

    •  He's going to go nickel and dime stuff because (2+ / 0-)
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      he's boxed himself into a corner by telling the public that reducing the debt is an important component of curing the economy. There's no way he comes out with a big spending program now. I am encouraged that the some of the leaks I'm seeing include money for rebuilding schools. And dollars put toward that effort will result in more jobs than road projects. But it will be a pittance, in the 10's of billion dollars range.

      That's why the timing issue does matter. The only way we see this president reelected if he shows some fight. If he can't enforce the appearance of GOP petulance by standing firm on a purely political manuever that he started, then I question how he beats Perry. At this point tactics matter because the President has already surrendered any policy advantages he would have had.

      "I will be happy to see the Republicans test whether or not I'm itching for a fight on a whole range of issues," President Obama - Liar

      by jec on Wed Aug 31, 2011 at 10:19:04 PM PDT

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