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  •  Oh, I don't think he played (5+ / 0-)

    "11d chess" either. I think that pushing for the things he did WAS about political survival. This isn't some plan. The administration took what they got, bargained where they could (imagine if he had pissed off big pharma or big health care more than he did) and managed to pass a par-level bill.

    Completely agree about the big money though. Until we do something about these huge corporate machines that unite in opposition against changes to their respective industry, we will never get single payer, a cohesive climate change bill, a bigger stimulus etc etc etc. We will continue to see pawns protest against their own self interest, funded with money funneled by big industry. We will continue to see the state of the MSM disintegrate further and further. It really is the most important issue of our time because every single piece of progressive legislation hangs in the balance. Every progressive, from the most centery of center left, to the left of the left has to be aware of the effect of big money on federal governance. Every progressive politician has to fight HARD to stave off the influence so casually tossed around in washington.

    You're watching Fox News. OH MY GOD--LOOK OUT BEHIND YOU

    by rexymeteorite on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 03:48:47 PM PDT

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    •  I think the President was going for the possible, (8+ / 0-)

      not looking for his own survival. President Obama has said several times that he might be a one term president because some of his actions would not be popular.

      And he knows as well as anyone that a bad economy doesn't bode well for a president's second term.

      If President Obama was looking for his own survival, he would have taken the advice of his advisors and not pushed for health insurance reform.

      Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person. -Jan Edwards

      by SoCalSal on Mon Aug 30, 2010 at 04:29:56 PM PDT

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