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  •  "i think he has neoliberal leanings . . . (6+ / 0-)

    . . . on economic issues."

    This might be one of the most damaging legacies of late-20th century-US policy (not only on Obama's part) - perhaps even more so than neocon foreign policy. Because it seems so benign. "Let's make the world safe for capitalism" - a capitalism that has all but ripped apart the reality of a safe, prosperous life possibility for most people.

    I don't see any US president or major politician breaking out of that thought pattern for years to come.

    And my baby's my common sense, so don't feed me planned obsolescence.

    by vadasz on Mon May 23, 2011 at 12:31:01 AM PDT

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    •  I agree, Obama is not weak (0+ / 0-)

      I think he is actually pretty strong.  When he sets his mind to doing something, he generally gets it done.  The problem is that what he wants to get done is not what Left/Liberals want.  Lets face it, he is just not liberal.  He's a moderate, who, through his unique characteristics:  black, intellectual, from a left-leaning state, considerate, thoughtful, and articulate, managed to convince everybody from the center to the far left that he was what they wanted him to be.  

      When he cares about it, he fights for it:  HCR Legacy (anything, as long as it passes);  Saving GM and Chrysler; Getting beyond the 2010 elections (even if it means cutting deals on taxes, which he may even support); getting Osama (looking strong on foreign policy); and, above all, winning re-election.  

      Anything else he "accomplished" for the Left can be viewed as a residual or side deal of the above.  DADT and UE Insurance?:  the beads he got for Manhattan (tax cuts), which boosted his approval rating and shifted the ground after the 2010 disaster;  Stimulus?:  How else to bail out the banks and save the auto industry?

      You can tell what he's "into" by what he fights for, and chooses to let drown:  EFCA, Cap/Trade, Public Option....

      If that isn't a portrait of a "strong" moderate, I don't know what is.  

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