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  •  I have been struggling with this lately (7+ / 0-)

    in trying to figure out why Obama keeps pushing things like the chained CPI.  The Nixon analogy came up in another diary and my response was thus:  

    I never thought I would recommend a comment that was positive about Nixon, but in its context, this comment is right on.


    Obama makes Nixon look like FDR.

    The EPA, the proposal for a guaranteed annual income. Nixon looks better every day.

    I never thought that anyone could turn me off from the Democratic party the way that Obama has.  His arrogance and total lack of empathy toward those who needed him and supported him is mind boggling.  
    What is so disturbing to me is that this President is pushing for things that ultimately hurt large numbers of the people while continuing to enrich the FIRE sector.  It takes a person who totally lacks empathy for the public to do these things.  His agenda does nothing to forward his party, or to help a nation that is deeply locked in the throes of depression.  His pursuit to destroy Social Security is almost sociopathic because there is no real need for it.
    So, rather than dishonest, he's deeply cynical and manipulative.
    When you look at how he has ignored the suffering of the poor and jobless, and now aims to cut our already tenuous social safety net, he has betrayed his strongest constituency with his agenda.  He really does not care.  Many people do not realize it yet because of his personal appeal, something Nixon never had. In that way, Obama might be more dangerous than Nixon ever was.

    "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

    by gulfgal98 on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 04:52:51 AM PDT

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    •  Well, maybe if we (2+ / 0-)
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      think in terms of who had the better impact on the most people, there's your answer.  

      And looking at it that way, I can't conclude that BO is a better pres than Nixon.

      The banks have a stranglehold on the political process. Mike Whitney

      by dfarrah on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 08:13:34 AM PDT

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      •  Under Nixon, rivers went from being on fire (0+ / 0-)

        to being cleaned up.  Under Nixon, our air went from "so thick you can cut it with a knife" to being cleaned up.

        Can you just imagine if Obama could implement environmental changes so sweeping as those?  Perhaps to wean us off fossil fuels?  Perhaps to modernize the energy grid?  Perhaps to implement high speed rail across the nation?

        My point is that Nixon's changes had massive effects on the health and well-being of millions of people.  And pretty quickly too.

        Just think if we could make things that degree of magnitude better for that many people today!  

        In that analysis, no Obama is not a better president than Nixon, which is a sad-F'ing-deal.  At least Obama implemented Nixon's healthcare plan.

        "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 Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 01:49:33 PM PDT

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