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  •  To be fair to Obama (7+ / 0-)

    it's not clear that he himself has embraced this position. He is, however, responsible for the actions of his appointees, and Ron Kirk is one of those appointees. So if he doesn't support this provision that Kirk is so eager to adopt, he needs to come out pronto and let the public know that Kirk is out of bounds.

    Not that he's done that with Arne Duncan, Tim Geithner, Larry Summers, Tom Vilsack . . . :-(

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is the first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk. Every state is totalitarian at heart; there are no ends to the cruelty it will go to to protect itself." -- Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 10:29:12 AM PDT

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    •  perhaps (2+ / 0-)
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      Geenius at Wrok, greenbastard

      but shame on him if his top trade guy is doing this behind Obama's back and against Obama's wishes.

      Heck, that might be even worse.

    •  Obama knows very well what is in that (1+ / 0-)
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      chipmo

      agreement. That's why he refused to allow Congress to see the terms he has hammered out behind closed doors with the head of Halliburton. If he follows his usual practices, it won't be long before he goes after the person who leaked the documents.

      I don't know what it will take to force Progressives to finally admit he is allowing corporations to run roughshod over our nation's protections - while he's promising to do the opposite on the campaign trail. His deceit is absolutely disgusting.

      "Bush was better than Obama on this," said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of Doctors Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, referring to the medication rules. "It's pathetic, but it is what it is. The world's upside-down."
      That's a pretty astute observation.

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