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  •  What's hard for many of us to understand (10+ / 0-)

    is why someone as supposedly smart as Obama would surround himself with people who are to a large extent responsible for the crash of 2008, due to the deregulation and neoliberal policies of the Clinton administration. Only a fool still believes that that shit works. Even Summers has come around to admit that he was wrong on many counts. So why would Obama believe it? At this point to support such policies you have to either be an idiot or a crook. Which am I supposed to believe Obama is?

    I think that a much simpler explanation is that he's a weak and foolish man way out of his league who doesn't have what it takes to negotiate from a position of strength and fundamentally misunderstands what's at stake here. He's negotiating to gain what he believes to be a political advantage even at the cost of some bad policy, namely the respect of those illusory centrists who supposedly like compromise. Who DO NOT EXIST and never have.

    Voters across the political and ideological spectrum respect strength, not weakness posing as "niceness". But he wants to be liked more than respected. Ironically, he's going to end up not being liked or respected.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:20:18 AM PST

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    •  I'm inclined to believe (8+ / 0-)

      that he thinks that the Simpson-Bowles, centrist, DLC style economics is in fact superior to all other economic approaches on offer.  That's why he's appointed that team:  he thinks they're the best people out there. They "understand" the markets and business, etc. and aren't "fucking retarded" people who want unrealistic ponies.

      I think that the stuff he and his team have been saying all these years is actually what he thinks

      Hay hombres que luchan un dia, y son buenos Hay otros que luchan un año, y son mejores Hay quienes luchan muchos años, y son muy buenos. Pero hay los que luchan toda la vida. Esos son los imprescendibles.

      by Mindful Nature on Wed Dec 19, 2012 at 10:55:58 AM PST

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