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  •  Broadly Frustrated (6+ / 0-)

    But I'm broadly frustrated by the inability of our government to set forth a vision for the future of this country -- in terms of economy, in terms of jobs and in terms of quality of life -- and then create policy that helps us get there.

    It often seems like government has lost faith in the ability of government to do its own job.

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:33:10 PM PST

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    •  I was thinking about this (0+ / 0-)

      Imagine if, tomorrow, President Obama decided it was important that we return to the moon. Nothing new, just a mission to send 2 or 3 human beings to land on the moon.

      Given the current political climate, the boondoggle that aerospace contracting has become, and the general lack of leadership that permeates all aspects of our society, I see absolutely no way that we could pull it off in less than 10 years.

      Small varmints, if you will.

      by aztecraingod on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 03:33:32 PM PST

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    •  None of our leaders want to talk about it (1+ / 0-)
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      I just heard James Patterson talking on Rev. Al Sharpton's show.  He was talking about all the "progressive" issues that liberal Dems should help Obama advance now that Obama has taken an interest in them.

      His talking points included gun law reform, education spending, environmental reform and a few other things, but made no mention of the most important issue of all: economic recovery and jobs.

      Are they just being obtuse?

      According to the latest polls, Americans still consider the economy to be the #1 problem in the US

      From the latest CNN poll:

      "Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today? The economy. The federal budget deficit. Health care. Gun policy. Foreign policy. Immigration. The environment."

       The economy     46%                  

      The federal budget deficit  23%                  

      Health care   14%                 

      Gun policy 6%                  

      Foreign policy     4%                  

      Immigration  3%                  

      The environment   2%                  

      Other (vol.)     1%


      That's not to say policy priorities should always be governed by popular opinion, but when nearly half of Americans think the economy/jobs should be the number one priority, someone in DC should pay attention.

      I continue to get the feeling that our own Dem leaders in DC don't want to talk about the crappy economy.  They seem to be avoiding the problem like the plague.

      Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

      by Betty Pinson on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:01:22 PM PST

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      •  As you know, I think the economy... (2+ / 0-)
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        quill, Calgacus

        ...and jobs are extremely important, too. But it is beyond sad where the majority places environmental matters, which, of course, includes the issues of global warming, which, I personally believe, is the most important issue of our time.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:11:40 PM PST

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    •  What inaugural address? (2+ / 0-)
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      quill, Calgacus

      It appears that emptier words were never spoken. It's as if it never happened. By offering to cut entitlement spending for no good reason to achieve an unnecessary compromise, he's directly going against what he said on 1/21/13.

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

      by kovie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:05:58 PM PST

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