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  •  Without SS and Medicare (2+ / 0-)
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    wbgonne, TofG

    cuts asked about, it really does not give much direction to politicians.  The general public wants spending cuts but likely from programs such as the military more than the few programs that directly benefit them.

    "Teach Sharing to your children, to the little ones, and enable them to cultivate the Good."
    - World Teacher Maitreya

    •  fair comment (0+ / 0-)

      but 'no cuts anywhere' won't fly politically for very long.

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 08:36:53 AM PDT

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      •  So let's cut things (1+ / 0-)
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        in Red States.

        The two things Teabaggers hate most are: being called racists; and black people.

        by Punditus Maximus on Tue Jul 19, 2011 at 08:53:21 AM PDT

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      •  It's more about national priorities (0+ / 0-)

        Such as helping people overcome addictions (cost effective) versus locking them up (very expensive).
        Such as making sure everyone is able to have the basics to live versus doing everything possible to make the rich richer.
        Or implementing foreign policy which addresses the cause of terrorism (global poverty - providing basics as human right is cost effective) versus waging ever-increasingly expensive wars that do not bring resolution but transfer the wealth of the nation to defense contractors.

        There is a difference going into a debate saying the playing field is horizontal versus saying the playing field has a vertical as well as horizontal element to it.  When the vertical aspect is introduced - which means that enlightened, compassionate action is an option - then the realm of choices we have dramatically increases.

        That is the challenge with Obama.  He see things only as a horizontal playing field, absent of a greater, more illumined good that transcends the polarities.  By doing so there is no movement to something greater.  The general public does not see an inspiring figure such as Kennedy who challenged us to become better but only as someone who negotiates within a dead, outworn paradigm.

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