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  •  It's something I've come to realize about Obama... (7+ / 0-)

    ...over the last few years. His pragmatism has a down-side: he doesn't like to waste his time on something that isn't logically beneficial.

    For example, the middle-class tax cuts in the Recovery Act were rolled out as a reduction in the withholding on people's paychecks. And eminently sensible approach since simply sending people checks would actually cost money and thus reduce the impact of the cut.

    Yet, by doing it this way, most people were never made aware that they got a tax cut. In fact, many people think their taxes went up under Obama.

    But if they had gotten a bonus check with big letters on it saying that it was because of the Recovery Act, a lot of Americans would have remembered it.

    •  That would have been "political" (4+ / 0-)

      in the minds of the Obama White House. But that is exactly the sort of thing I'm talking about when I say the president hasn't been served will by his staff. They just stopped selling him and started selling "cost curves" and "recovery summers" and it was just awful.

    •  The Rebate Checks Will Serve That Purpose (0+ / 0-)

      and the timing of those couldn't be better.

      This post is dedicated to myself, without whom, I'd be somebody else. Though I'd still be an asshole. My Music: []

      by Beetwasher on Fri Jul 13, 2012 at 07:32:47 AM PDT

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