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  •  Nor is his speech to the CoC helpful. (1+ / 0-)
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    Hensarling: "Let's repeal it today, replace it tomorrow." Wimpy: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"

    by gooderservice on Mon Feb 07, 2011 at 03:37:52 PM PST

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    •  Re: That really important inhouse battle (0+ / 0-)

      This isn't it.

    •  OK. Stop right there (0+ / 0-)

      It's helpful in that it's a start. It's only a start. But he has to make it.

      Mostly, I'm with Little. But guess what? Little and I are not the audience. Speaking for myself and certainly not for Little or anyone else, Obama has to make the case now -- to the entire nation -- that short-term profit-taking and playing to the quarterly statement have put us in the hole we're in, and that only long-range planning and investment will get us out of it.

      He has to bring the nation along with him. I get that. I also get that the obstacles to him doing so are formidable.

      It will mean taxing and spending. Hell, we all know that. My criticism of Obama is that he hasn't been making this argument all along. It's such a centrist argument in the first place; it's hardly radical and hardly rocket science.

      He showed them the carrot. Now he'll have to show them the stick. FDR and Truman showed business the stick. JFK did it, and so did LBJ.

      Obama can either go that route, or he can go the Carter/Clinton route. Pardon me if I continue to await the evidence.

      "Lash those traitors and conservatives with the pen of gall and wormwood. Let them feel -- no temporising!" - Andrew Jackson to Francis Preston Blair, 1835

      by Ivan on Mon Feb 07, 2011 at 04:12:20 PM PST

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      •  You don't need a "pardon" to await the evidence. (0+ / 0-)

        I see the point you're making, which you have every right to make, and you could be right.  I don't know.  But I don't agree with you.

        But for you to tell me "Stop right there," doesn't help anything.  I'm entitled to express my opinions as I see it just as much as you are.  

        Your line of "Stop right there," reminds me of Paradise on a Dashboard Light.  :)

        Hensarling: "Let's repeal it today, replace it tomorrow." Wimpy: "I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today"

        by gooderservice on Mon Feb 07, 2011 at 04:18:58 PM PST

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