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  •  You Can't Generate Real Economic Growth (6+ / 0-)

    through a deficit reduction lens. This is his strongest statement to date:

    "After all, as we learned in the 1990s, nothing shrinks the deficit faster than a growing economy that creates good, middle-class jobs. That has to be our driving focus. That has to be our North Star. Making America a magnet for good jobs."

    If that's the case, then WTF are we talking about deficit reduction? Sure, cut loopholes, but every dollar should be reallocated towards creating jobs through infrastructure repair, tax incentives for new technologies and education to retool the labor force.

    Every dollar spent now to "reduce the deficit" delays economic growth which is the only thing that will eliminate it altogether.

    •  Yep. n/t (0+ / 0-)

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sat Feb 23, 2013 at 09:00:29 AM PST

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      •  Nope. 20th Century politics won't (1+ / 0-)
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        take us forward.  This is sophisticated anti-propaganda politicking and for those of us who pay attention it's working miraculously well.

        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 Feb 23, 2013 at 11:33:29 AM PST

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    •  we talk about it because the media (1+ / 0-)
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      talks about it.  We talk that talk because "Tax and Spend Democrats" is the most successful lie of the last 5 decades, and has been the driving force behind the shitty welfare reform of Clinton's years, Bush's argument for privatizing everyfuckingthing, and Dem's inability to get ANYONE to talk honestly about piss-on-us economics.  

      Notice who was President when that talking point got neutered.  When Keeps Us Safe shifted to Democrats.  When Strong On Defense stopped meaning the neo-cons.  When Fiscally Responsible began to be greeted by their own voters with a laugh.  

      You can natter away about the words until hell freezes over.  What counts is that long-entrenched narratives have changed in 4 short years because Obama's really really good at twisting their memes into policies and budgets that reflect progressive ideals.  

      If we spent less time thinking tough talk was the solution we could maybe see that small, frequent actions are what keep this economy afloat while the RW does everything possible to tank it.  

      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 Feb 23, 2013 at 11:29:05 AM PST

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