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  •  understood the language use, but ... (17+ / 0-)
    Thus, Obama has learned nothing from his blunders and continues to nominate the same old crooks to key economic advisory, policy, and enforcement positions.
    I think we agree that the President has not made any blunders. That whole "has learned..and..." can be left out. Just "Obama continues to nominate the same old crooks".
    •  I wish I could (1+ / 0-)
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      understand why he does it. He was all for the CPB and Warren, then puts foxes in the henhouse. Surely he is smarter than this. Is he relying on what others are telling him?
      I just don't get it.

      The only foes that threaten America are the enemies at home, and those are ignorance, superstition, and incompetence. - Elbert Hubbard -9.62/-8.15

      by GustavMahler on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 07:34:37 PM PDT

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      •  my opinion, for what it's worth... (12+ / 0-)

        his campaigns were a lie. He knows what we wanted to hear and he was glad to feed it to us. But in office he follows a different path.

      •  As smarter kossakcs than me have noted: he will (7+ / 0-)

        be a relatively young former-POTUS with 2 young(ish) daughters.   He's got many years ahead of him and is playing his cards oh-so-right to be well-loved by the Big $$ folks in his next career.

        :o(

        The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

        by JVolvo on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 08:26:23 PM PDT

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        •  which is why we have this diary (2+ / 0-)
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          Breuer is just and unelected one of this type.

        •  He's determined to do just enough good (8+ / 0-)

          to secure a legacy as someone who did genuine good, which he has, but not so much as to rock the boat he hopes to spend the rest of his life on, in first class. It's all calculated, and he's been doing it for so long he probably doesn't even realize he's doing it any longer. He doesn't want to be remembered for a failed presidency and intend to build houses for the poor the rest of his life. I.e. he's following the Clinton, not Carter model. It's a "benevolent" form of selling out, like leaving your family but leaving a nice note and $100k.

          Pity. I suspect this will haunt him for the rest of his life. In the end he's just a weak man, who talked the talk but didn't walk the walk.

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

          by kovie on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:19:25 PM PDT

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          •  Yes, he's a very intelligent man. He understands (2+ / 0-)
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            using human emotion to accomplish things other than what people believe he has said.  

            Careful parsing of his words frequently leads to a different conclusion than the emotional reaction at the time of the speech itself.

            He is highly intelligent at many levels of human existence and uses all of those to further his goals.  He has made very few mistakes at all. Flawless campaigns and gaff free presidency.  Sorta too good to be true, huh?

            "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 Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 09:56:11 PM PDT

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        •  that seems more then slander (1+ / 0-)
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          considering you have absolutely no proof and only what (to me) looks rather close to a conspiracy theory.

          And never mind the actual facts that dispute this right?

          In the time that I have been given,
          I am what I am

          by duhban on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:08:24 PM PDT

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          •  It a reasonable guess as to what goes on in (7+ / 0-)

            a person's mind. Surely you've noticed that Bill Clinton, for instance, has gone on to become worth some quarter-billion, since leaving office. Getting 20-minute speaking engagements for $100,000, and more, from Bankers after pushing deregulation, for instance.

            How many Politicians have gone on to fabulous wealth since leaving office? Many. Very many. Especially since the '90s.

            Now, if you don't want to believe that of the man, that's also plausible. In the end nobody has actual facts bearing on the matter except the precedents politicians provide us with.


            If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

            by Jim P on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:25:11 PM PDT

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            •  no it's not reasonable (0+ / 0-)

              at best and most gracious it's a wild stab in the dark and at it's worst it's slander most vile.

              And yes Clinton has gotten paid to speak and he's also undertaken humanitarian missions not that I expect people to recognize that. Not at least in Obama's case, nope it's better to wildly speculate and slander the man all while being 'reasonable'

              In the time that I have been given,
              I am what I am

              by duhban on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:25:26 AM PDT

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              •  there's a difference between "unreasonable" (8+ / 0-)

                and "I don't like it." Politicians are politicians, and if there's one who doesn't have his/her and their families long-term interests in mind, that would be an exception. Else, how does the widespread revulsion at revolving door politicians come to be?

                As to Clinton: hey, Al Capone opened Chicago's first soup kitchens, and bought clothes for the poor from his own pocket. Still doesn't mean he wasn't Al Capone.

                Unless you can post your transcripts of your conversations with the President, when he shared with you his motivations, you'll just have to put up with the fact that some people think of him as they do the rest of the parade of politicians we've seen over the past 20 years.

                PS: My daughter was involved in the Haiti rescue, coordinating flights and such. Everybody hated "fucking Clinton" (and other politicians) who bumped doctors from flights so he could do his good works for the cameras.


                If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

                by Jim P on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 12:48:16 AM PDT

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                •  asdf (0+ / 0-)

                  first mad props to your daughter for doing what she did

                  However seriously? Al Capone? Why not just go Goodwin and get it over for pete's sake. You want to wildly speculate? That's fine but unless you can post your transcripts of your conversations with the President when he shared with you his motivations you have absolutely nothing to back up your claims.

                  Thus they are as I have previously said speculation that is or borders on slander.

                  In the time that I have been given,
                  I am what I am

                  by duhban on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 04:22:44 AM PDT

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              •  You have absoluetly no idea what (0+ / 0-)

                You are talking about. All you see is Obama being attacked and you respond without even capturing the essence of the diary which has all the "evidence" needed to show that there is no CT. It is a fact that some people have trouble processing how badly Obama has performed for the common people. He has done a wonderful job for the top 1%  that for certain.

                 You are a personality led political groupie. These are transient politicians who put themselves first. Unfortunately we have to live with their droppings years after they are gone.

                Grow up

                “ Success has a great tendency to conceal and throw a veil over the evil of men. ” — Demosthenes

                by Dburn on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 07:20:23 PM PDT

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                •  you are welcome to your opinion on the matter (0+ / 0-)

                  just as I am welcome to not take said opinion seriously

                  I explained my stance and frankly your insults are just amusing

                  In the time that I have been given,
                  I am what I am

                  by duhban on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:25:16 PM PDT

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                •  I'm not sure if anyone has coined the term (1+ / 0-)
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                  But the "Obama Doctrine" seems to be dangling social issues in front of "the base" to distract from the neoconservative foreign policies and neoliberal economic policies that are being implemented across the board.

                  For example, why don't people acknowledge more actively that Obamacare is horrible legislation?

                  Dems had the House, Senate, and Presidency for two years in Obama's first term.

                  What did they do with it? Passed medical-industrial-complex-written Affordable Care Act, and passed banker-written Dodd-Frank.

                  THAT is what we get when we have only democrats in power.

                  So i don't want to focus too much on Obama, i think it's a party-wide pathology.

                  Deficits don't matter, jobs do.

                  by aguadito on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:56:48 PM PDT

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            •  I wasn't aware that Clinton's speaking engagements (1+ / 0-)
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              were for bankers - most of the time, he speaks to big audiences: college classes, etc. etc. And a huge portion of his wealth is being put into humanitarian missions constantly.

              I don't agree with what he did regarding the GLB Act - but even had he vetoed it, the 90-8 margin should indicate that his veto would have been overriden.

              "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

              by Australian2 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 04:35:04 AM PDT

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              •  Then we wouldn't be having this (0+ / 0-)

                conversation.

                Instead, he fought to get the bill passed and created what is now laughably called a "Veto Proof Majority" as if the opposition of a President would have had no impact.

                income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

                by JesseCW on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:22:25 AM PDT

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                •  Don't suppose you have any proof of that? (0+ / 0-)

                  I've looked around the internet, and while a lot of people blame Clinton for signing GLB, many people accuse him of pushing it without being able to name one thing he did to push it.

                  As far as I'm aware - and this will remain the case unless I see convincing evidence otherwise - the repeal of Glass-Steagall was primarily pushed by Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX).

                  "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

                  by Australian2 on Mon Apr 01, 2013 at 01:07:16 AM PDT

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          •  "Conspiracy Theory" doesn't just mean "Shit (4+ / 0-)
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            I don't want to hear".

            There is no conspiracy proposed here.

            Now, I find idle speculation about what politicians "really think" and "really feel" to generally be counterproductive, but that doesn't change what was said.

            income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

            by JesseCW on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:19:42 AM PDT

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            •  if you seriously believe that (0+ / 0-)

              then obviously you are using a different definition of 'conspiracy theory' then is commonly used

              there's no evidence presented, nothing not even indirect evidence and yet this 'theory' is being passed off as something that has happened

              is it as bad as say the 'moon landing was faked' CT? No but it's still a conspiracy theory

              In the time that I have been given,
              I am what I am

              by duhban on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 04:11:33 PM PDT

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              •  There is no conspiracy asserted. The only (1+ / 0-)
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                claim is that the President himself lies about his motivations and his goals.

                You think it's a claim of a one man conspiracy?

                income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

                by JesseCW on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 06:14:27 PM PDT

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                •  fair enough point on the semantics (0+ / 0-)

                  but I think we both know that this about 'conspiracy theory' as slang but sure you win on pure semantics which since all you seem to care about it 'winning' while ignoring the actual substance you have fun with that

                  In the time that I have been given,
                  I am what I am

                  by duhban on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 09:27:20 PM PDT

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      •  He shares the worldview that Business is God, (7+ / 0-)

        Business is Good. That it drives all other things; therefore, take care of business first and all other things will fall into place. It's where neoliberal and conservative overlap.

        A straight-line rationalist could plausibly believe that Business is the Key to a Good Life. But that's also the kind of person who ignores the complexities of real life, even the purposes of real life, and one who is easily mislead by symbols, instead of considered experience.

        Amoralism taken as if it were pragmatism is also a big part of the picture for such people.


        If Republicans said every 3rd person named "Smith" should hang, we'd bargain them to every 7th. Then we'll see apologia written praising this most pragmatic compromise. There's our losing formula.

        by Jim P on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 11:20:19 PM PDT

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      •  He didn't support Warren for the CFPB (5+ / 0-)
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        As established by his failure to push her forward or recess-appoint her. And he was involved in the watering-down of Dodd-Frank.

        "Violence never requires translation, but it often causes deafness." - Bareesh the Hutt.

        by Australian2 on Sun Mar 31, 2013 at 04:31:55 AM PDT

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