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View Diary: Warning: Swallowing the President's Bitter Pills May Cause Harsh Austerity (246 comments)

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  •  The left didn't cost us the House (10+ / 0-)

    Obama did, because 1) he didn't get Reid to get rid of the filibuster in January 2009, so he could pass things with 50+1 votes in the Senate; 2) he didn't take down the big banks when he had the chance in February of 2009 and remove them from the credit extension and political equations; 3) he didn't then pass the $1.8 T version of the ARRA he needed to get back to full employment; and 4) he didn't, after the first 3 moves, then get the Congress to pass Medicare for All on a deficit spending basis. Had he done these things by the end of June 2009, then no tea party at all, and no R victory in 2010. That victory happened because Obama believed his own Kool-aid about bipartisanship, and because he sold out to Wall Street and made its representatives part of his own team. A condition that exists to this day.

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