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inauguration? What are your thoughts on an Obama second term? How will Elizabeth Warren impact the Senate and the administration?

I am so ecstatic that Elizabeth Warren is in the Senate. I know she will push Democrats to hold the line at their Democratic values. I am confident she will be a key player in MAKING filibuster reform happen. Harry Reid's honoring of Elizabeth Warren to the Senate Banking Committee gives me optimism and hope for the future.

Elizabeth Warren and President Obama are very good friends. Elizabeth Warren has NEVER said she felt betrayed by Obama. She has always praised him and respected him. Richard Cordray is doing a fantastic job at the Consumer financial protection agency. We have made strides towards regulating Wall Street.

However, there is much more to do. There is sugarcoating that. We are not at the end point. The White House has to do some things much better regarding Wall Street reform, finance, and accountability. There is more and better work to do for housing still. We still need to work on other chronic problems and push the overton window back left (which I feel is starting to buckle back left).

I know President Obama wants to have a productive second term. President Obama is responsive to people like Elizabeth Warren and others from the left as long as we really organize and MAKE him be better and do it. I feel the grassroots and left are really starting to become a force now in holding people accountable and pushing people. We need to build that long term starting on the ground. That is how the right got so powerful.

What do you think?

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  •  The Left doesn't just need to push and hold... (3+ / 0-)
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    FG, sreeizzle2012, jan4insight

    people accountable; it needs to SUPPORT!

    That word again:  SUPPORT!

    Support is like water for a politician.  It is not enough to be liked, you have to get votes.

    If the Left stays home again in 2014 as it did in 2010, then all the pushing and accountability in the world won't equal a tinker's damn.

    It is a lesson the Left would do well to learn from the Right.

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 09:12:29 AM PST

  •  i think Obama will continue (1+ / 0-)
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    Mr Robert

    his move towards corporatization of America.  He's just not that in to progressive ideas.  Progressives don't have as much money, and Obama's preferred policy positions are responsive to those with lots of money.
    Obama is essentially an 80s era Republican when it comes to business-government relations, and essentially a pragmatist when it comes to social issues.  I don't see Obama doing anything that goes against the prevailing winds of social issues, or against the winds of business interests.

    •  obama is more progressive than reagan (1+ / 0-)
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      Reagan deregulated the epa and everything. Obama has done more for the environment than any republican ever has.

      Lgbt activists pushed obama successfully. Dream deporation activists pushed obama successfully.

      Occupy wall streeters did push obama for some time but occupy largely disintegrated. If they would have kept going, they would have held democrats and obama to higher democratic standards we need badly.

      •  Obama's EPA has done some good things (0+ / 0-)

        which certainly go against the prevailing winds of business interests.  I'll give you that.  The EPA has also played along with big business on some issues, especially BP being allowed to use a known carcinogen to disperse oil etc.
        LGBT activists pushed Obama for a long time and he did nothing except talk about how he was waiting for Congressional action, and then when public polling showed that a slight majority of Americans approved of ending DADT, Obama read the winds of social change and ended DADT.  Obama campaigned on Immigration Reform in 2008, and did absolutely nothing on it until 2012 (right before the election) and signed an executive order allowing for many people who would have qualified for the DREAM Act had it been passed to not be deported, amidst record deportations.  Not exactly a powerful political act.  Again, he read the prevailing mood correctly and it helped get him elected.
        Both of those actions were the right thing to do, and both of them came absent any legislation coming from the R controlled House.  But neither of them came when public sentiment was marginally opposed to them.  That's what i meant when i said that Obama is a pragmatist on social issues.

  •  You really don't understand (0+ / 0-)

    how the Senate works...

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 10:13:42 AM PST

  •  Unless something is done (2+ / 0-)
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    sreeizzle2012, RoIn

    about that Republican House, no substantially progressive legislation will be passed anytime soon, I'm afraid.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 11:06:00 AM PST

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