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  •  There is only so much that can be (6+ / 0-)

    done by executive order.  What's more, the next Republican could undo every one of them.  People need to remember this when wondering why Obama won't change everything by going around Congress.

    "Moon landing was real. Evolution exists. Tax cuts lose revenue. The research has shown this a thousand times. Enough already." - Austan Goolsbee

    by anonevent on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 06:46:39 AM PDT

    •  And, why he's often stated his reluctance (2+ / 0-)
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      to use that method as a lead into longer-term changes that Congress eventually needs to make.

      Hopefully his Administration will have helped support growing momentum for these needs, to make the subject radioactive for even knuckle-dragging Republicans to attempt rolling back under their own Executive, but I honestly don't think they'd care about public perception: shock is a tactic they use often.

      "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

      by wader on Fri Jun 20, 2014 at 07:10:50 AM PDT

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      •  An excellent example of the knuckle-dragging (1+ / 0-)
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        Teabaghead/Republican attitude to "public perception" might be found in the article written by one of their chief spokes-persons, George Will; in which he offers the notion that, if women have a "right" to control of their own reproductive systems, men should also have a "right" to rape a woman if the man wants to.

    •  Remember when Obama hated LGBT rights? (1+ / 0-)
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      Yeah, those first two years when every sneeze by Obama was a hair-raising betrayal. He started to repeal DADT exactly the way he promised, on exactly the timetable he promised, and amazingly the way he did it avoided significant pushback from the military. It was extremely well executed. Did Aravosis ever apologize for his accusations and hysteria?

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