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  •  Just completed..Fantastic writing! (10+ / 0-)

    So much in there..with lots of links and information!!

    Tipped, reccd hot listed, tweeted....must read piece.

    I agree with your suggestions..so what should we do about it. I just want to make another observation  and area for discussion based upon the current Dem Leadership and this adminstration. I think you have nibbled around the edges of it without directly saying it.

    I personally believe that they (the current Dem Leadership and this administration) are not acting in our best interests in this whole deficit and grand bargain issue...NOT because they are attempting to negotiate with SDO republicans...but because they have  similar if  not the same economic and business beliefs as them.

    So they are not negotiating per se as they both have similar beliefs on the issue...so they won't stop this discussion until republicans give them what they both want but the GOP are too stupid and too stubbornly authoritarian to take them up on it in one fell swoop. You mentioned why and I agree with it way up in the beginning of your piece as it is part of their cult of personality and that the Dems will always be perceived as the enemy and always wrong so they will never outright outwardly agree with such a Big and Bold idea publicly...maybe behind closed doors but not in public,

    Obama and his team (look at who he has surrounded himself with) has been quite vocal about his aims in terms of the the budget/bargain/austerity/new deal programs....they are very close to if not the same as the GOP in this one area ...

    He has said when he didn't get his Grand Bargain the first time that he will do it in small increments and that is where we are now. He has said he was not going to change the status quo either. And by status quo...mainly the stronghold of the MOTU and PTB. So this doesn't end well...and I think he won't stop "negotiating" because I believe he knows that both parties want the same thing in this area.

    I am just talking about this one area..which is a big one IMHO.

    The one and only hope I have is the Growth of the Progressive Caucus within the Democratic Party.   It should be supported but I fear they are still too coopted and willing to fall in line behind by the Dem leadership.

    Anyway those are my initial thoughts

    Government of, for, and by the wealthy corporate political ruling class elites. We are the 99%-OWS.

    by emal on Sat Mar 09, 2013 at 07:24:32 AM PST

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