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  •  Deflecting again...please proceed, Quicklund. (3+ / 0-)
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    3goldens, Mr Robert, divineorder

    Adequate health care should be a LEGAL RIGHT in the U.S without begging or bankruptcy. Until it is, we should not dare call our society civilized.

    by Love Me Slender on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 10:28:51 AM PDT

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    •  Its that Quicklund's forte, after all. (1+ / 0-)
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      Love Me Slender
      Deflecting again....

      Move Single Payer Forward? Join 18,000 Doctors of PNHP and 185,000 member National Nurses United

      by divineorder on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:02:27 AM PDT

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    •  You want solutions? Some easy ones for Obama (7+ / 0-)

      include: Prosecute Wall Street criminals. Force the financial regulators to regulate. Appoint people who understand and are willing to take on the problem. Admit that HAMP was always intended to benefit the banks. Admit that the 50 state mortgage settlement was a give away and get of jail free card to the banks. Admit that ACA was written for the benefit of private insurance companies and that the best option in terms of health care and cost, Medicare for all, was something he lobbied against.

      It has become obvious to everyone that Obama has spent 5 years ignoring the economic plight of the vast majority in this country. When he speaks to these issues, such as the destructiveness if income inequality, he has absolutely no credibility. There is much, much that Obama controls and could have done by now or still could do. He won't.

      After watching Obama for years I would say this is just another in a long line or Obama speeches intended to convey that he "feels your pain" by acknowledging the obvious. What is also obvious is, as Chris Dodd famously said, the Banks own Washington and they own Obama. He is still chasing his grand bargain, working to fulfill Pete Peterson's dreams with more budget cuts and chained CPI. In virtually every instance as presient Obama has gone opposite what is best economically for the vast majority and chosen instead to serve the rich. In short, for Obama to offer any real solutions he will have to confront that he has been wrong on virtually every economic front.

      Taking on these economic problems requires a big man, someone who not only understand the scale of the problems and the stakes for the country, but someone who is willing to fight to correct the. Teddy Roosevelt was willing to fight to bust the trusts, FDR was willing to "welcome their hatred" to help those with the least. Not only is Obama not a fighter, Obama is not a big enough man to own up to the scale of his misjudgments and mistakes. The rich have benefited tremendously under Obama, by design. Too big to fail banks are even bigger under Obama, by design. And unless Obama starts using what he personally as president controls to confront the problems and the vested interests his words are not just meaningless, but they but another round of self-serving statements designed to temper outrage by admitting the obvious, deflect from having any personal responsibility for the problems, and at the same time continue down the same path.

      •  I Only Regret That I Have But One Rec To Give (3+ / 0-)
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          You nailed it all square.

           Obama's presidency is the largest wasted opportunity in American history.

           We needed FDR. We got Ronald Reagan-lite.


        "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

        by Buzzer on Sun Jul 28, 2013 at 11:35:25 AM PDT

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