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  •  I do not believe Obama is "spineless". (0+ / 0-)

    I understand that his core belief is bipartisanship. But he is not going to get it. To paraphrase Groucho Marx "Whatever he is for I'm against it!". We need to balance the budget. If only for the sake of being able to more effectively battle the next economic downturn. I saw this coming during the debate on the first Bush tax cut. I never bought the argument that the economy of 2001 was fundamentally different from other economies. I knew that with every boom there would be a bust. And going into a bust with little or no debt is better than going into a bust with large debt.

    We as Democrats have been too pro Wall Street since 1992. Too pro deregulation since 1977. We have responsibility to take for this collapse. And we must learn the lesson. The DLC types have not learned the lesson. Ben Nelson did not learn the lesson. And that stymied the recovery. Extended unemployment. Caused great anxiety among the poor and elderly. And we did a lousy job of confronting those fears. It is up to politicians to convince me to vote and support them. Not the other way around. They are public servants. They are not entitled to their jobs.

    We progressives must take the long view. We used to be the majority view point. We used to have the solutions that most Americans agreed with. More importantly we have the right solutions. The right policy. And we get to fight for these policy ideas within our party. And if we are not allowed to fight for our policy ideas then we are entitled to leave. What angered many progressives in the health care debate was not that we did not get single payer. it was that we were denied a hearing on single payer.

    So if you do not want to hear our ideas fine. But do not expect to win the next election without us. We progressives made the difference. We did the volunteering. We overcame the money gap through our efforts. But if you do not want us around, well we can take a hint.

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