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  •  so you think BO is a liberal? (0+ / 0-)

    More liberal than, say, Dirksen or Howard Baker?

    "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

    by nailbender on Tue Apr 23, 2013 at 07:25:18 PM PDT

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    •  Obama is (0+ / 0-)

      a mainstream left of center Democrat on most issues.

      Nancy Pelosi passed 400 bills that were obama's 2008 agenda.

      That was left of center progressivism.

      Obamacare's 80/20 rule is very key to establishing single payer in a few years. Vermont is taking the lead using its federal funds from Obamacare to set up Single Payer.

      Obama always believed in getting single payer long-term.

      Furthermore, Obamacare's medicaid expansion really tears a wall of poverty. LBJ would be proud of that.

      Obama is way underappreciated in terms of liberalism and progressivism. He is not the ideal president and there are legitimate criticisms no sugarcoating. But a lot of context is not considered when it comes to Obama.

      •  You point to his main weakness: he's operating (0+ / 0-)

        under right wing framing by leaving it to the states.  I wonder what agency will have to be instituted in order to deal with folks from MS heading up to New England to get that gall bladder surgery, just had to set up a PO box in Burlington and start having some mail sent there.

        That same underlying flaw, the tendency to work within the frame of the right by tempering it with sprinkles of liberalism and copious diversionary but liberal-sounding speechifying, is what causes him to behave as he has (or hasn't) with climate change, domestic security, terror war propagation, deportations, environmental oversight, financial oversight, Justice Administration, hell you name it.


        created the Environmental Protection Agency, created OSHA to oversee workplace safety and comfort, created the Consumer Product Safety Commission, created Title IX for women’s sports, added the cost-of-living adjustment to Social Security, and expanded food stamps and welfare assistance. He also supported the Equal Rights Amendment, though that failed out among the States.  
        I'd settle for him being just that liberal.

        "Well, yeah, the Constitution is worth it if you succeed." - Nancy Pelosi // Question: "succeed" at what?

        by nailbender on Sat Apr 27, 2013 at 12:54:09 AM PDT

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