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  •  In other words (4+ / 0-)
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    Catte Nappe, FG, sebastianguy99, elmo

    Obama should act like a flaming lefty, rather than the center-left Dem he ran as and has governed as.

    Quite apart from the merits of your suggestions, which are iffy as hell, Obama is just not the person who's going to upend the entire economy like you're prescribing.

    I'm not sure who that person is. Noam Chomsky? Or Roseanne Bar, if you prefer to support a candidate other than Obama in the 2012 election?

    You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

    by tomjones on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:13:50 PM PDT

    •  All His Proposals Will Continue Transferring Wealt (2+ / 0-)
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      from the 99% to the top, and continue accelerating climate change. Reality is a flaming lefty.

      That said, there is nothing to be done about Obama and the centrist Dems before November 7th. We need to have this debate but mostly after then.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:17:02 PM PDT

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    •  He's not going to do anything (1+ / 0-)
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      True Story.

      And if you think what he is doing now is even popular check the polls.

    •  No, but he could at least (4+ / 0-)

      be running on big stimulus (jobs) package. Also should be running on increasing the minimum wage, which though not strictly a Jobs program, is desperately needed.

      •  He did propose the jobs act (4+ / 0-)
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        Catte Nappe, FG, Wee Mama, sebastianguy99

        Which was fairly well received by economists at the time, but went nowhere in Congress of course.

        You're right, he should pick it up and run on it.

        You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

        by tomjones on Fri May 25, 2012 at 12:25:09 PM PDT

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      •  The key is to present a short-, mid- and... (1+ / 0-)
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        DSWright

        ...long-term vision, with appropriate pieces of legislation for the short term and fuzzier proposals for further out. (e.g. We don't know how 50% renewable energy by 2035 would affect many parts of the economy, so nothing very specific can be proposed for the long term.) The advantage of introducing far-sighted legislation now even if it can't possibly pass is that it gives voters a reason to say, "that makes good sense," and cast ballots for the team with vision. Of course, it gives the opposition ammo to say, "this guy's a socialist." But they're calling Obama and plenty of Democrats socialists already (would that it were so), therefore, there is no downside.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Fri May 25, 2012 at 04:14:33 PM PDT

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