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  •  How about ending two wars and all the money (4+ / 0-)

    saved there will be huge?

    Oh...sorry...we now have a war president and that's not possible. Sometimes I forget that health care and education aren't as important as bombing innocent civilians. [/not quite snark.

    The only thing you get from sitting on the fence is splinters in your ass. My Granddaddy!

    by SallyCat on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 09:40:49 AM PDT

    •  Just Out of Curiosity (0+ / 0-)

      Since you specifically added the "Not Quite Snark" tag:

      Do you believe that President Obama believes Health Care and Education are not as important as "bombing innocent civilians?"

      •  I believe he is not as motivated to end the two (2+ / 0-)
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        wars as he said during the campaign. As soon as he escalated in Afghanistan he became a 'war president' in my book.

        Does he care about health care? Not particularly. He didn't use the bully pulpit for HCR and public option. Gave a sweet corporate deal to the insurance companies.

        Education - verdict is still out. The "lottery" for federal funds was ridiculous and lots of deserving schools aren't getting money that is needed.

        Ending the wars? I'll believe it when I see it.

        The only thing you get from sitting on the fence is splinters in your ass. My Granddaddy!

        by SallyCat on Mon Apr 19, 2010 at 09:46:02 AM PDT

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        •  Thank You For Your Response n/t (0+ / 0-)
        •  One thing, Sally. In his campaign he did promise (0+ / 0-)

          to end the war in Iraq.  Apparently, we are still on course to be out by 2011, which isn't too bad (and our casualties there are down).  

          The thing is, he promised to increase the focus on the Afghan war during the campaign---not end it!  In fact, he said Afghanistan was the "good war" (as opposed to Iraq's "bad war."  (He did say Bush was doing it wrong.)

          I assumed he was lying about Afghanistan to avoid the charge of being a "peacenik" or a "weak Democrat."  And I was fine with that!  Come to the Presidency, we find out he was serious about this.

          (I also think you are dismissing his health care efforts to quickly, though it would be better in my opinion not to shift to another topic here.)

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