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  •  Assuming that's what Obama really wants (1+ / 0-)
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    more than anything else.  I'm not cynical enough to believe that that's all that matters to him/motivates him.  

    •  Bush felt he was fighting the good fight, too. (0+ / 0-)

      Keeping America safe. Killing terrorists over there so they couldn't kill us here.

      But his ideology made a really big fucking mess of that effort, didn't it? It blinded him to other possibilities. Even in the aftermath, he still thinks he did a heckuva job. Because he's surrounded himself with an echo chamber of sorts, that gives him nothing BUT positive feedback.

      Maybe this President isn't CONSCIOUSLY seeking the approval of the wealthy and powerful. But he, too, has surrounded himself with them. He, too, has blinded himself to other possibilities on how to handle Social Security and "the deficit issue". And he, too, will continue to believe that he did the right thing when this chapter of history is written, because of the sorts of people he engages with.

      Regards,
      Corporate Dog

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      We didn't elect Obama to be an expedient president. We elected him to be a great one. -- Eugene Robinson

      by Corporate Dog on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 12:06:08 PM PDT

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    •  The only thing I'm sure of is (0+ / 0-)

      he wants to get re-elected, and to do so, he needs money, so he has a fine line to walk, get money from the Owners, get votes from the people.

      Problem is, he can't win big enough to get the margins in Congress to do what he says he wants to do (oh no, we need 60 votes for everything) without railing against the Owners and all this shit, so he tries to split the difference and be the Great Compromiser, and thus is left with only what he can do, "negotiate" with the hostage takers of the GOP, and the Owners inevitably get what they want, in this case, not having to pay back the tax cuts they've been receiving for the last 30 years when those SS bonds become due and payable.

      I don't pretend to know what motivates President Obama, but if really wants to do all the things he says, but just can't because the Owners' stranglehold on this country is that tight, then no amount of "democracy" can cure that, and we are all well and truly @#$%^&.

      It's not Democrats v. Republicans or Liberal v. Conservative. It's People v. Money, and Money is winning.

      by superfly on Mon Mar 14, 2011 at 12:06:16 PM PDT

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    •  It's never "all" (1+ / 0-)
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      With any politician. But politicians can only play by the rules currently in place. The current rules are that we live in an oligarchy and these oligarchs want everything and don't care about the society they are living in. That's unique to this country though it's increasing in other countries. Why?

      It's not Obama's fault. It is the fault of the left. The left has given up on politics and prefers sermons. Sermons don't work if the people you are addressing don't share  your values. Power does work. If we wanted Obama to move in our directions we have to do two things: 1) completely oppose him on almost everything--as Republicans found out if you oppose him he will move in your direction and since we have nothing to lose we may as well oppose him including encouraging someone to run in the primaries against him; and 2) make life unpleasant for the worst of the oligarchs by organizing strong, merciless boycotts, strikes, organizing new unions and guilds (e.g., knowledge/IT workers), work slowdowns and periodic slow-downs and disruption (e.g. occasional jamming of highways by driving the speed limit or just under it in formation). Only by this sort of work will the left ever  have even a small voice in policy-making.

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