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  •  Obama chose the people to sit on the cat food (11+ / 0-)

    committee...not the Heritage Inst.

    Look up David Cote, the president's tight hand man in "the business community."  He is a huge advocate of austerity measures, both here and in Europe.  

    I seem to recall Obama debating Hillary Clinton wayyyyyyyy back in 2008.  If memory serves, he said, as a campaigner, that he would renegotiate NAFTA.  Anyone else here remember that?  

    Those must be some lengthy negotiations.

    Face it...he is what he is.  Not that transformational, afterall.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 07:28:07 PM PST

    •  I think you mis-remember. It was "reiterate (7+ / 0-)

      NAFTA." Had to have been.

      Else, why the negotiations of the ultra-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership, aka "NAFTA on Steroids," trade agreement that is being worked on.

      Had to be "reiterate."

      Seriously, some might remember there were reports in the media, causing a big kerfuffle here, that one of Obama's top people told a Canadian leader that the talk about revisiting NAFTA was just campaign talk, it wouldn't happen.

      And it hasn't.


      Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

      by Jim P on Thu Jan 17, 2013 at 08:58:47 PM PST

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      •  Yet you seem unaware that he negotiates (0+ / 0-)

        trade agreements frequently and always with human rights and worker rights provisions.  How is it so easy to blame Obama for what Clinton et al put in place?  How do you dump the problems on him and forget that his vaunted Democratic majority for 2 years gave him a Congress that refused to close Gitmo?

        Reality based community?  Not so much.

        I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

        by I love OCD on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 06:56:02 AM PST

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        •  So you know nothing of the TPP then? (1+ / 0-)
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          And even if true (it isn't) what you say doesn't mean that he renegotiated NAFTA, nor even tried, as he said he would, does it?


          Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

          by Jim P on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 09:01:14 AM PST

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          •  Beating a dead horse my friend. He's also not (0+ / 0-)

            rewriting the Clean Air Act, he just stiffens the regulations and funds the agencies.  A public fight may make some feel better.  I prefer someone who gets shit done while the loyal opposition focuses on my uterus and repealing Obamacare.

            I'm not looking for a love that will lift me up and carry me away. A love that will stroll alongside and make a few amusing comments will suffice.

            by I love OCD on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 09:04:28 AM PST

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