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  •  When Will the Neoliberal Policies Change? (6+ / 0-)

    The economic populist rhetoric is encouraging UNLESS it is being used as camouflage for neoliberalism, which would be both horribly cynical and even more infuriating than straight-out corporatism.

    That, unfortunately, is a very distinct possibility. I read the speech and the neoliberal policies are all still right there.

    People aren't falling for the BS anymore. Walk the walk.

    •  Maybe he's trying to sell (5+ / 0-)

      neoliberals on economic populism?  Get them to change their frame and their positions will follow?  Maybe he had dinner with George Lakoff recently.  Maybe he and his team of pols learned from the recent VA election results.

      As I said elsewhere, Obama's long been good at sounding progressive.  But let's face it, he's also long been good at sounding "mainstream" on economic policies, like when he hits the Repub talking points on the deficit, and lots of us (me included) squawk every time he does it.  So even if the speech is pure rhetoric, I think it  represents a real shift.  O seems to be pushing back hard against the Third Wayers who have recently been getting their knickers in a twist over all that 99%er talk, and that's got to be worth something.

      You can tell Monopoly is an old game because there's a luxury tax and rich people can go to jail.

      by Simian on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 01:27:39 PM PST

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      •  If The Polices Change It's Great News (0+ / 0-)

        If it's just rhetoric it is exceedingly cynical. Which brings me to this:

        Maybe he's trying to sell neoliberals on economic populism?
        Obama is a neoliberal, through and through. Is he attempting to convince himself? I doubt it.

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