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  •  Learning from Obama (0+ / 0-)

    There is a fine line to be walked here between holding Obama accountable and learning from him.  There is much advice and 'expertise' here on policy proposals, but I think we also need to consider that Obama is president of the United States, not just the netroots.  
    Some of Obama's initiatives, and there are many, need to be understood as tactics and steps along the way to a bigger goal.  Take for example, health care reform.  Obama admitted early in the campaign that a single payer system would be the most rational solution on an ideal basis, but...in current circumstances not politically attainable, especially in the urgent time frame that many require.  But the broad outlines of the proposals currently under discussion do set a path toward that goal.  Ezra Klein has an interesting post on this subject: http://www.prospect.org/...

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