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  •  Yes because the government knows that we are (8+ / 0-)

    coming after them.  However, wasn't it cute that Obama borrowed Occupy's rhetoric and we all fell for it.

    •  He uses the rights words to campaign, and quickly (4+ / 0-)

      abandons those concepts to govern.

      While he is a powerful campaigner and speech-giver, the carry-through to action is simply absent.

      He gave powerful speech when Gabby Giffords was shot. Another after Aurora, CO.  Another after Newtown.  And a fantastic State of the Union. But action...?

      But, look carefully.  Did he call for new gun control in the State of the Union?  No, he called for a vote.

      "They deserve a vote."  
      No, they - we - deserve actual change, but that was too politically risky to call for.

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:24:44 PM PDT

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      •  This is called "lying" (7+ / 0-)

        The contrast between Obama's populist campaign and his timid, corporatist governing style is pretty obvious, and we're far enough into his second term already to see that nothing's changed.

        Until rank-and-file Democrats come after their officeholders, from the Oval Office on down, for lying to them in campaign rhetoric, then those officeholders will remain comfortable in the knowledge that lying works.

        Lies and betrayals will continue until elected officials realize they can't get away with it anymore.

        Citizens United defeated by citizens, united.

        by Dallasdoc on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 08:35:42 PM PDT

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        •  I was watching the Treasury appointment to see (8+ / 0-)

          if there would even be an attempt to make it look like the White House was sensitive to criticisms of revolving doors and the Occupy protests.

          Nope.  Not a chance.  Not only an industry insider, but one who received a $10 million bonus from Citigroup for being appointed Treasury Sec. Amazing how he had the foresight to get that written into his contract wasn't it?  Almost like it was decided long ago....

          History will record this presidency as (another) one which passed up the chance at meaningful reform in favor of maintaining a dysfunctional status quo.  That is, if an objective history is ever possible.  Only the winners write history.

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:13:20 PM PDT

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      •  A vote of Congress is actually a good thing, YM (1+ / 0-)
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        That's why they don't want to do it. A vote leaves a permanent mark. As long as they don't have to vote, they can claim to be on whichever side of whatever issue they find most expedient at the moment.

        •  Yes, I agree that it puts people on the record (1+ / 0-)
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          as having taken a position (if they don't 'abstain' or 'absent' themselves).

          But can you imagine any of the big leaders of history demanding a vote?  No, they came out and advocated for what they believed in.

          MLK didn't say, "I have a dream that Congress will vote!"   :-)

          Patrick Henry didn't say, "Give me Liberty or give me a vote!"   ;-)

          It is just silly on its face:  "They deserve a vote."   No, they and all of us deserve to know what the hell he believes in and is willing to fight for.  And, apparently, that means, "a vote."

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:38:32 PM PDT

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