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  •  ..and tell me exactly how you get these bold (0+ / 0-)

    actions in todays congress?

    There are solutions to resolving this depression but it requires big, bold actions, something that is foreign to a pretty cerebral Presidency.

    "When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in a flag and carrying a cross." Sinclair Lewis, 1935 --Talk of foresight--

    by tuma on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 02:04:28 PM PDT

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    •  You make a case for bold action, and then when the (1+ / 0-)
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      Republicans block them, you paint them as obstructionists.

      Obama needs a bold, new economic plan that he can run on. It doesn't matter that Congress won't pass it.

      Obama has become the status quo. People have decided that what we're doing isn't working. So they're wondering why they should vote for him, for more of the same old same old.

      He needs to state boldly what he plans to do differently to turn things around. And make a case that you must elect him and a Congress of Democrats  in order to get this done.

    •  That's the issue, isn't it? (0+ / 0-)

      But you can't win an argument if you haven't joined it. We actually know exactly what to do to get out of this depression. It's basic economics. We have to jack up spending by a huge amount. So there is no economic quandary here. There is, however, an enormous political problem. Voters are persuaded that the deficit is a monster that is eating the country. Feeding that monster is widely accepted as a bad thing. A very bad thing. My suggestion is to sidestep this perception a bit and argue to voters that the government will gladly borrow the money they already have in their retirement savings accounts for a time. To many Americans, this would be a nice little boost to their retirement accounts and would also be a very patriotic gesture. The fact that these funds would not have to paid pack until the depression was over would be a good deal. Sure, as WillR points out, it is a bit of a shell game. But perceptions matter; in fact politics is 90% perception. This is an argument the President could make and win. All he would be saying is that he wants to borrow some of the money we already have that's not doing too much right now in order to rescue the country. Seems pretty simple to me.

      The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

      by Anne Elk on Tue Jul 24, 2012 at 03:01:09 PM PDT

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