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  •  Oh, goody. (11+ / 0-)

    While we watch the East Coast get inundated, the President looks to his second administration agenda:

    well, there's no doubt that our first order of business is going to be to get our deficits and debt under control.
    I'll hold back from saying more.  The conformity police are working overtime around this site these days.
    •  Fantastic (10+ / 0-)

      Surely that means cutting the insane spending on Military by 90% and immediately stopping the Pointless Wars. Or Gifted Leaders have finally awoken. ;-)

      "It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." - Morpheus

      by CitizenOfEarth on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 06:11:32 AM PDT

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    •  He said "ending the Bush tax cuts" in the same (2+ / 0-)
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      vigilant "Dear Religion, this week I safely dropped a man from space while you shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school. Yours, Science."

      by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 06:41:19 AM PDT

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      •  Good to see you here GGGE ! (4+ / 0-)

        Noticed you neither tipped nor reccd the diary, but good to see you policing up the comments!

        All the best!

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        by divineorder on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 08:06:03 AM PDT

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        •  Just thought you'd like the whole story (0+ / 0-)

          Divine! You have yourself a great day too and do point out to me where you need to have rec'd/tip'd a diary to participate, and I will begin doing so in the future...not that it would be "policing" me or anything for you to do that.

          vigilant "Dear Religion, this week I safely dropped a man from space while you shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school. Yours, Science."

          by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 08:25:07 AM PDT

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          •  It's not a rule Go, it just means the commenter (3+ / 0-)

            has no interest in the diary other than making a drive-by contrarian comment. I do it too. After all it gets boring when everyone is in agreement all the time.

            ❧To thine ownself be true

            by Agathena on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 09:08:31 AM PDT

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            •  If anything my comment was to put at ease (0+ / 0-)

              worries that Obama was referencing something other than increasing revenue.

              vigilant "Dear Religion, this week I safely dropped a man from space while you shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school. Yours, Science."

              by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 09:12:08 AM PDT

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              •  Ending the Bush tax cuts (3+ / 0-)
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                do not excuse austerity measures. When Obama refers to "our" debts, a big part of this debt is the war debt. And not all of us agree that such debts can be accurately described as "ours" considering that Obama ran as an anti-war President, but once in office became a pro-military President.

                Most of us were against all of these wars. We voted accordingly, but the candidate we supported wasn't as anti-war as represented. Thus, these debts are not by any means necessarily "ours" and the ones that we agree on (social safety net) should not be cut, yet we all know when debts and deficits are mentioned, military spending isn't really on the table, which leaves open the cuts to spending that we support.

                Yes, this legitimately concerns us.

                When politicians speak of "our debts" we must all watch our wallets. A large percentage of this money isn't spent on "our" behalf, but rather to support the Industrial Military Complex, the banking industry, government contractors, and the like.

                And there is no great certainty that Obama will actually fight for the tax cuts to the wealthy class (a class that Obama is now a part of), since according to his record he hasn't fought for this in the past.

                "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act". -George Orwell

                by ZhenRen on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 12:04:52 PM PDT

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                •  I think Matt Stoller describes the situation well (2+ / 0-)
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                  In fact, during the transition itself, Bush’s Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson offered a deal to Barney Frank, to force banks to write down mortgages and stem foreclosures if Barney would speed up the release of TARP money. Paulson demanded, as a condition of the deal, that Obama sign off on it. Barney said fine, but to his surprise, the incoming president vetoed the deal. Yup, you heard that right — the Bush administration was willing to write down mortgages in response to Democratic pressure, but it was Obama who said no, we want a foreclosure crisis. And with Neil Barofsky’s book ”Bailout,” we see why. Tim Geithner said, in private meetings, that the foreclosure mitigation programs were not meant to mitigate foreclosures, but to spread out pain for the banks, the famous “foam the runway” comment. This central lie is key to the entire Obama economic strategy. It is not that Obama was stymied by Congress, or was up against a system, or faced a massive crisis, which led to the shape of the economy we see today. Rather, Obama had a handshake deal to help the middle class offered to him by Paulson, and Obama said no. He was not constrained by anything but his own policy instincts. And the reflation of corporate profits and financial assets and death of the middle class were the predictable results.
                  The rest of Obama’s policy framework looks very different when you wake up from the dream state pushed by cable news. Obama’s history of personal use of illegal narcotics, combined with his escalation of the war on medical marijuana (despite declining support for the drug war in the Democratic caucus), shows both a personal hypocrisy and destructive cynicism that we should decry in anyone, let alone an important policymaker who helps keep a half a million people in jail for participating in a legitimate economy outlawed by the drug warrior industry. But it makes sense once you realize that his policy architecture coheres with a Romney-like philosophy that there is one set of rules for the little people, and another for the important people. It’s why the administration quietly pushed Chinese investment in American infrastructure, seeks to privatize public education, removed labor protections from the FAA authorization bill, and inserted a provision into the stimulus bill ensuring AIG bonuses would be paid, and then lied about it to avoid blame. Wall Street speculator who rigged markets are simply smart and savvy businessmen, as Obama called Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon, whereas the millions who fell prey to their predatory lending schemes are irresponsible borrowers. And it’s why Obama is explicitly targeting entitlements, insurance programs for which Americans paid. Obama wants to preserve these programs for the “most vulnerable,” but that’s still a taking. Did not every American pay into Social Security and Medicare? They did, but as with the foreclosure crisis, property rights (which are essential legal rights) of the rest of us are irrelevant. While Romney is explicit about 47 percent of the country being worthless, Obama just acts as if they are charity cases. In neither case does either candidate treat the mass of the public as fellow citizens.
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                  without the ants the rainforest dies

                  by aliasalias on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 01:12:33 PM PDT

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                •  In fact, the 2007-8 recession can be directly link (1+ / 0-)
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                  ed to the Bush tax cuts and two wars, add to that deregulation of Wall Street and the fancy worthless financial products Wall Streeters created.

                  ❧To thine ownself be true

                  by Agathena on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 06:58:38 PM PDT

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    •  First order of business... (7+ / 0-)

      Great.  Love those priorities... not.

      I have the tv on today.  Had the weather channel on yesterday.  This morning MSNBC is on.  It's funny, all the other channels are reporting about the storm.  MSNObama is reporting nonstop about the effect of the storm on Obama.  I don't know how many different ways you can analyze this.  

      "Justice is a commodity"

      by joanneleon on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 07:09:51 AM PDT

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    •  Never speak to your son again if he does not (6+ / 0-)

      vote for Obama.

      I just read this comment in a diary that a Mother wrote about her Democratic son refusing to vote for Obama.......

      Tell him you demand him to vote. It is imperative. I know this sounds cynical but I would say "If you don't vote for Obama and Romney wins, I'll never speak to you again." It's harsh but this election is that important. You have to do whatever it takes for him to vote for Obama.

      "Who are these men who really run this land? And why do they run it with such a thoughtless hand? David Crosby.

      by allenjo on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 08:07:33 AM PDT

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    •  Annual military spending is approximately (7+ / 0-)

      2.2 million/minute. Just sayin'.

      That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

      by enhydra lutris on Mon Oct 29, 2012 at 08:16:42 AM PDT

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