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  •  I got a call today (19+ / 0-)

    from a volunteer for Organizing for America. Her goal was to let them use my name as a supporter of the President's health plan. There were three elements to the plan, and none of them addressed the central issues, so I said, "no."

    I told her that the President has to start to keep his policy promises, that I didn't work for two years and give a lot of money I don't have to his campaign to have all of the policy areas I care about, and which he advocated strongly for during the campaign drop by the wayside.

    I don't even see anyone in Congressional leadership really pushing the agenda Obama laid out in the campaign. When famous Demosaurs like Dianne Feinstein wander off on their own on key legislation, nothing will get done.

    The case of Mohammed Jawad is terrible symbol. It lets the Republicans perceive weakness. It drains enthusiasm from the base - us.

    I never thought I'd ever say this, but, where's Lyndon Johnson when we need him? We can organize until we're blue in the face, but until there is hardline leadership coming out of the White House, this administration is going nowhere.

    (Yes, I remember stem cell research, and a lot of other good things Obama has done, and yes, I believe he wants to do what he said he'd do, so don't start.....) It's time to push forward for what you believe in Mr. President.

    Educate yourself. Think for yourself. Be yourself. Act for others.

    by DHinIA on Mon Jun 29, 2009 at 11:08:10 PM PDT

    •  Presidential campaigns are a con job (2+ / 0-)
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      Heart of the Rockies, DHinIA

      when they promote an agenda that the chief executive is promising to implement.  It's easy to promise something over which you have no control.  
      The reality is that the Congress sets policy and provides money to carry it out.
      Which is why I made the point repeatedly during the campaign that the health care proposals from the candidates didn't matter.  What did matter to me was that Clinton framed her attitude towards health care as something which all Americans "deserve" rather than as an obligation society is to carry out.  
      There's a significant difference between government rewarding the deserving, the poor, the indigent, the wealthy or whatever, and government carrying out the obligation to provide for the health, safety and welfare of the people, regardless of whether they've "earned" the benefit of public service.

      The latter, btw, is the conservative approach to governing and Clinton going on about people deserving stuff showed her conservative leanings--i.e. she's a bit of an authoritarian.

      How do you tell a predator from a protector? The predator will eat you sooner rather than later.

      by hannah on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 02:34:26 AM PDT

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    •  LBJ for the USA (2+ / 0-)
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      DHinIA, CKendall

      I'm not old enough to be properly mad at LBJ for Vietnam, but I'm old enough to be thankful for what he did on civil rights and on Medicare.

      The next Obama zealot that says that Obama can't push Congress on health care or similar?  That person's going to get a lesson in Defenestration.

      It won't be pretty.

      If Obama were president back then, it's very possible that we wouldn't have Medicare today.

      "If another country builds a better car, we buy it. If they make a better wine, we drink it. If they have better healthcare . . . what's our problem? "

      by mbayrob on Tue Jun 30, 2009 at 04:52:25 AM PDT

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