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  •  Dreading September in one respect (16+ / 0-)

    Wonder if this time Obama will stand up to the Rethugs on the government shutdown and debt ceiling.  Given his past record, it doesn't appear likely.

    We voted for him twice because the alternative would have been unthinkable, but we have been disappointed.  Yes, he has an insane, intransigent House to deal with.  However, he could have defended Medicare, Social Security, and other programs far more forcefully than he has.

    Thanks for the roundup, MB! Off to read the abbreviations in depth now.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 04:53:48 AM PDT

    •  Please keep the editorial "We" to a minimum (7+ / 0-)

      I knew exactly what we were getting when Obama got elected. It's why I supported Hillary until she conceded to him. He was inexperienced, he had very little time working in Congress, and his way of doing things was always (since way back in his Senate days in Illinois) to compromise with Republicans. Of course, that's how things get done in a normal government, but some people on the right seem to have forgotten.
      He could have done things better, he should have done things better to make everyone happy, but no matter what he did, it wouldn't be enough for some people.
      He has still, with the record breaking obstruction of the right, done more for progressive causes in his 1.5 terms than Clinton and Carter put together.

      Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

      by skohayes on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:09:10 AM PDT

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      •  Sorry if I offended. I meant my husband and I (4+ / 0-)
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        tb mare, blue in NC, sayitaintso, skohayes

        voted for him.

        "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

        by Diana in NoVa on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 07:15:39 AM PDT

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        •  I'm sorry, Diana (0+ / 0-)

          I didn't mean to come off like such a jerk! You didn't offend me at all, sometimes the negativity around here (not in APR, thank goodness) gets to me.

          Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

          by skohayes on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 06:15:58 PM PDT

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      •  Obama implemented his neoliberalism (0+ / 0-)

        through Clinton's people:  Summers, Geithner, ect.  HRC would have been no better on the domestic front, and far worse with her belligerent foreign policy.

        In hindsight, the only one who might have been better on domestic issues was Edwards, but he would have self-destructed before the national election.

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 10:17:02 AM PDT

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