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  •  Obama is a profoundly ignorant man. (4+ / 0-)
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    He, and the current crop of CEOs are unable to even comprehend what productive competitiveness is.  Schooled in nothing more than bean counting and employee manipulation these people have no interest in industrial and mercantile policy.  We can't expect much from their warped perspective.

    Obama has no experience in using the power of the government to aid citizens.  It shows.  And neither does he chose as economic advisers those who have actually had to create solutions for value-added work in America or productive investment.

    We can't expect an economic resurgence for main street from these people.  Obama has no clue.  The millionaires congress has no clue.  The Democratic elite, wedded to wall street, has no clue.  Yet they will, like a myna-bird, repeat words like competitiveness without understanding its meaning is some haze of truthiness.  

    Distrust of authority should be the first civic duty. - Norman Douglas

    by Fossil on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 04:33:33 AM PST

    •  You're giving him far too much credit. He is a (1+ / 0-)
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      profoundly corrupt man. He knows exactly what he is doing.

      You're assuming Obama wants what 95% of America wants: a country that works. We need to get our minds around the fact that this man does not work for the people who voted for him. He shills for his heroes: the 5% who rolled him out as their new spokesmodel at the Democratic convention in 2004 - the suits, the savvy guys - the Wall Street team who provided the real money behind his presidential campaign.

      Obama works for the 5% that have our economy, the media monopoly, and all three branches of government working only for them - an all-powerful Wall Street/corporate establishment that will go to any lengths, including holding the American economy hostage, to keep it that way.

      We don't need a third party. We need a second party.

      by obiterdictum on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 08:16:11 AM PST

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      •  Never assume malice (0+ / 0-)

        when incompetence will suffice.

        I think Obama's simply a deluded, sad little incompetent.  In denial about the problems he is facing, and unwilling to face up to them.

        Read pp. 1-7 of Krugman's _The Great Unraveling_ (available from Google Books). NOW.

        by neroden on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 10:15:46 AM PST

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      •  Certainly works for the media monopoly (0+ / 0-)

        Comcast GE  monopolky merger sailed thru, and now Immelt takes a job to make his buddy look good after their sale of media unit was allowed!

        No connection of course, GE is just being a global player and helping its friends...

        We have ClearChannels, what 5? 4 ? supergiants that control nearly all the distribution channels and they want more control and thjey are fgetting it.

        What happened to  widespread national free broadband, the competitiveness in access and information?   Schools helped to produce informed citizens regardless of rich or poor district? Ooops, there are big players that need to monetarize it.

        Forget it.

        cast away illusions, prepare for struggle

        by Pete Rock on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 11:10:58 AM PST

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    •  It's inexperience and lack of good advice (0+ / 0-)

      Obama doesn't research or develop his own policy issues. He relies on others to bring ideas to him, then he gets his inside group to patch something together that helps him politically.  

      He does occasionally come up with good ideas.  The problem is that his access is so restricted he never hears new ideas. Its just the same old DLC/cororate pap.  

      I do believe if he had a more diverse group of ideas and opinions available to him, he would come up with better policies. His major blind spot is banking and finance.  He was raised by a banker (his grandmother) for many years and the pro-banking mentality is ingrained in him.

      Proud member of the Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

      by Betty Pinson on Mon Jan 24, 2011 at 09:17:53 AM PST

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