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Okay, I broke my promise not put President Obama in the title. It was a silly promise that needed to be broken. Right now the Tea Party has set the direction for Republicans. And that direction (drum roll please) is cut taxes for the rich, fuck women, and screw everyone who is not rich with "austerity." The austerity meme goes had in hand with the "shared sacrifice" meme, which means everyone but the rich sacrifice.

If the nation were a sailing ship and President Obama was the captain, then we would say the captain has let go of the tiller and the ship was blowing in the wind. The wind is a strong frigid blast blowing to the right. The President's job is to set direction for the ship of state. President Obama has allowed the right wing blowhards set the direction. They define what is important, not the President.

There are many things that are obvious. First is that the rate of job growth is completely insufficient. Second is that the states, counties, cities and local governments are have insufficient funds to pay for necessary services. Third is that the deficit can be reduced through raising taxes, cutting defense spending, going to single payer health care, . . . Fourth is that cutting social spending such as social security, Medicare, or Medicaid only aggravates the problem. Fifth is that green energy is no longer an option, it is a necessity. Sixth is that education is no longer an option, continuing education is a necessity. Seventh is that repairing our infrastructure and building new infrastructure is no longer an option, it is a necessity.

The president needs to adopt these positions, explain them, and set the direction for the discourse. Unless he does, we are all fucked. I mean rich, poor, old, young, . . . we are all fucked.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

    by LWelsch on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 07:03:16 AM PST

  •  Might I suggest OFA? (2+ / 0-)
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    OIL GUY, IL JimP

    Here:

    A way to tell the President what you're thinking, collaborate with others, identify other voters who are like-minded, and organize to bring change to your Congressional district.

    Stop clapping. Stop screaming. Open your mind. Listen.

    by Benintn on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 07:08:56 AM PST

  •  Perhaps you should spend more time (4+ / 0-)

    watching what the President does and says.

    By the way, do you really think that reducing taxes will reduce the deficit?  Sounds kinda 'supply side' to me.

    Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. - Albert Einstein

    by OIL GUY on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 07:29:30 AM PST

    •  I listen to the president all the time (4+ / 0-)

      The president did not raise taxes, is talking about cutting spending, has no idea where he is going.

      Practice tolerance, kindness and charity.

      by LWelsch on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 07:38:48 AM PST

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      •  I Disagree. His Actions Are 100% Consistent (4+ / 0-)
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        Cory Bantic, LWelsch, wblynch, Sunspots

        with a philosophy of compassionate conservatism, which in most other countries where conservatives for example support national health care would be very solid conservatism anywhere else. He definitely pushes policies that help the people, so he's no contemporary Republican or right winger, but economically he and the Democratic Party leadership help the rich and business more.

        The Democratic Party has let the conservative world set the agenda and frame the issues and educate voters for decades now. They almost never try to mobilize the half of voters who are inactive and whose needs are for strong progressive policy; they instead chase active persuadable moderates who are informed by the conservatives, offering better governance to serve the conservative worldview.

        To my eye Obama only looks adrift or disoriented if I project a liberal policy philosophy onto him.

        We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

        by Gooserock on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 08:21:07 AM PST

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      •  You have no idea where (0+ / 0-)

        he's going. I think you need to consider the possibility that this doesn't mean that he doesn't know where he's going or that there aren't others who can see where he's headed.

        http://www.amazon.com/...

  •  I Don't See the Democratic Party As Agreeing (4+ / 0-)
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    LWelsch, wblynch, Betty Pinson, Sunspots

    --as a whole. Obviously we have some great Democrats around the country and in DC but they don't define the leadership of the party.

    I think this is what we need an independent progressive movement to begin pushing, starting with messaging, and following the rightwing's 20th century example, begin creating issues and candidates on our own to insert into the Democratic Party.

    We have many issue and demographic advocacy organizations --obviously labor unions are in the spotlight right now-- but we need an overall progressive philosophy movement because the party has dropped that umbrella it was providing, many years ago.

    The party's been behaving this way for decades. They're adults, they're professionals, it's clear that this is their present preference. Of course we should keep the pressure on with issues of the moment, but medium and long term we're foolish to imagine that the Democrats we presently have are going to come around to a progressive philosophy just because people or hard scientific facts need them to.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 08:26:25 AM PST

  •  Your list is what we should be doing. (3+ / 0-)
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    LWelsch, wblynch, Sunspots

    We aren't doing any of them.  Notice the pols never talk about jobs, unless it's in reference to more tax cuts.  I used to think Obama blew with the wind, but you're correct, the wind seems to always blow to the right. I now think that the course is set and fixed and always was.  The boat just does a little zigzagging here and there to keep the fish confused.  

  •  you're correct (2+ / 0-)
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    LWelsch, wblynch

    "hey barack, GO LEFT!"

    i think i'll paint my ass purple and run with the baboons

    by memofromturner on Tue Mar 01, 2011 at 09:09:18 AM PST

  •  Obama is going where he planned (3+ / 0-)
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    LWelsch, Betty Pinson, Sunspots

    He is going into the record books and into his second term on his way to a fat retirement.

    Not bad work, if you can get it.

    He is getting just what he wanted.  As for the rest of us... meh

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