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  •  But if Obama (7+ / 0-)

    just keeps cutting government spending, then Americans will celebrate his "fiscal responsibility" and reward him, and he will effectively take government spending off the table as an issue, allowing him to--

    Oh. Never mind:

    48 percent said they had more trust in Republicans to cut federal spending compared to 39 who backed Obama.
    Not only has he entered a dangerous contest that he should've never entered, he's losing.
    •  Yes, one of his bigger errors (1+ / 0-)
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      was feeding the deficit scares in his vain quest for a Grand Bargain.  Even before with the Simpson Bowles commission.  It came back to hurt him.

      I can see long term deficit reduction, but the austerity undercut the second stimulus (the 2010 deal) and then 2011 hurt also.    

      The original stimulus was too small, but at least it was stimulative and did stop the free fall.  

      I'm glad for the various stimuluses, and understtand we could have been like the UK has the Rs been in charge, or worse, but it also could have been much better.  UE has been a human tragedy.

      Obama (and Dems) have been much better this year, alhough I'm not fan of chained cpi, but I'd like to believe it could have been different.

      Now, with the R House, the best we will get is some austerity.

      No doubt, it could be much worse, but it might have been better.

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      by TomP on Tue Feb 12, 2013 at 12:00:11 PM PST

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