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  •  Please apply the same principle (7+ / 0-)

    to "discouraging signs" that cause progressives to set their hair on fire, i.e. the recent diary that Obama was going to gut Medicare because David Plouffe said something once.

    Thanks!!!

    You never trust a millionaire/Quoting the sermon on the mount/I used to think I was not like them/But I'm beginning to have my doubts -- The Arcade Fire

    by tomjones on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:29:17 PM PST

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    •  I do ... (2+ / 0-)
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      although in that case the pattern of past behavior is not so great.  

      “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

      by jrooth on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:38:52 PM PST

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      •  Yes...over the past four years Medicare benefits (15+ / 0-)

        have been completely GUTTED by Prez O. So we certainly can expect this pattern to continue! Oh, wait...preventive services that weren't covered at all are now covered, and others are now covered 100%--no deductible or copay? The donut hole is slowly closing? So beneficiaries are better off?

        Pesky damn facts...

        Ho'oponopono. To make things right; restore harmony; heal.

        by earicicle on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:48:51 PM PST

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        •  I was referring (3+ / 0-)
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          to giving up things the other side very much wants without having gotten real concessions from them in return.

          His concept of negotiation has to all appearances been to offer something he thinks a handful of Republicans would jump at, thus getting the much-desired "bipartisanship" and the warm fuzzy feeling of "working together to solve things."  And so far he's kept trying that despite abundant evidence that no congressional Republican deals in good faith.

          “What’s the use of having developed a science well enough to make predictions if, in the end, all we’re willing to do is stand around and wait for them to come true?” - Sherwood Rowland

          by jrooth on Fri Nov 30, 2012 at 12:55:12 PM PST

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          •  He's done well. He'd have done much better tho (1+ / 0-)
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            ...if he'd taken the advice given by his base in 2010, not 1/2 way through 2011. But seemingly on the track now it looks good if he makes the GOP compromise about 2/3's of the time. After all, the people have decreed since 2010 that the GOP only possess 1 part of the legislative branch and not the executive office since 2008. The ratio of compromise is clear.

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