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  •  I find your poll options lacking in nuance. (4+ / 0-)
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    JohnnySacks, artmartin, saluda, elwior

    I firmly believe that Obama governs with utilitarian interests in mind. However, in his first term he was determined to be the conciliatory negotiator, and it worked out to his own detriment and the larger public interest.

    I think he has a more realistic view now of how the interests of big finance and everyone else diverge, and his supply of magnaminity has quite run out. Unfortunately, he still has to operate in a universe where the Federal government is basically broken and where the bankers have the GOP to rely upon to oppose anything Obama does unto the utmost.

    The President of the United States is not Jesus. He is going to need a little help, and probably a little more time than he has in office, to kick the moneylenders out of the Temple.

    Visit Lacking All Conviction, your patch of grey on those too-sunny days.

    by eataTREE on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 12:49:07 PM PST

    •  And his cabinet picks, from the same (7+ / 0-)

      establishment banking circles, are just... he does these on the basis of liking their looks in a photo, or dreams, or anything at all but preference?


      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 Feb 01, 2013 at 01:19:14 PM PST

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    •  His attorney general has let the bad guys get away (4+ / 0-)
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      elwior, cpresley, No Exit, YucatanMan

      And it appears to be policy not incompetence.  He did not need the cooperation of Congress to subpoena witnesses, assign FBI investigators, make cases a priority for DoJ lawyers, prosecute obvious and blatant violations of the law.  I can't remember which bankster it was (maybe Dimon) who admitted to SarBOx violations from the stage at Davos. There has nor been one bankster held accountable.  Not one.  There have been some small fry prosecuted, but not the people who were actually responsible for widespread fraud that damages the economy.  

      Furthermore, there are billions in TARP funds that were supposed to be used to help homeowners, and only a fraction has been spent by the Treasury Department, and Geithner admitted that was policy, and indirectly that he lied to Congress to get them to vote for TARP.

      The President is complicit in that he appointed these people, he knew what he was getting, and he has done nothing but fabricate a little window-dressing to look like he was doing something before the election, i.e., the mortgage settlement.

    •  Other presidents (1+ / 0-)
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      managed to do something about corruption, like Truman.

      He wasn't Jesus.

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 08:44:02 PM PST

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