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I don't diary often, and they usually scroll quietly off the "recent" list. But I'm moved to ask these questions.

You’re prez of the US.

You’ve accomplished great things in some areas.

You’ve finally got at least a semblance of health insurance for everyone, ‘though the opposition is trying to strangle it in its crib.

You’ve taken down the greatest mass killer of US citizens in our history.

You’ve nearly ended one awful war and are trying somehow to end the other.

You were a bit late to the party, but once here, have been happy to help rights be extended to non-hetero citizens.

You’re the first African American prez, a distinction that almost guarantees a place of greatness in history. A tremendous uphill battle to win – not once – but TWICE in our racist country, half of which seems to still be fighting the civil war.

You’ve become a millionaire after starting with nothing, an American dream self-made success story.

You have a brilliant mind, a wonderful and loving family, and you never have to run for political office again.

What could anyone on earth possibly offer you to create a budget which is now to the right of rightwing nutcase, your opponent for national office, Paul Ryan? What could it possibly be?

It can’t be to be remembered well. It will remove you from the automatically-greatest prez list in the minds of the majority of your own party. You will now be far behind FDR, JFK, and LBJ. Your own base will turn on you and rue the day they bought your campaign rhetoric about protecting our fragile safety nets.

What could anyone offer you to let massive fiscal crime go unpunished, laws unenforced?

What could anyone offer you to ignore the most tried and true economic policies so desperately needed to right the economic ship and the lives of our citizens?

While we’re at it, what could they possibly offer you to continue to attack, and have your home-town pal, Rahm attack, our public education system?

It boggles my mind that it could come to this. Anyone who has any clue as to how such attacks could be induced on the few remaining decent parts of our national structures, please jump in. I cannot fathom how this particular prez, at this crucial time in history, could be so willing, time and again, to turn his back on those who have placed such trust and hope in him.

Is it money? How much money would be enough?

Is it that you simply believe you are right, despite all that you have said so many times when electrifying your enthusiastic base with dazzling flights of oratory?

Perhaps the greatness of his rhetoric far outstrips the greatness of him who expresses it? I’m at a loss.

What could anyone offer him to bring us to this?

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  •  Tip Jar (2+ / 0-)
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    hubcap, Blazehawkins

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 07:52:58 AM PDT

  •  I think the reality is simply this: (2+ / 0-)

    He never stood with us. The second he brought on Emmanuel and Geithner, our fates were sealed. He didn't care at all about the social issues, "evolving" on the issue of gay marriage. But when it comes to money? Wall Street's best friend shows up again.

    This is a bitter pill to swallow

  •  The President will do just fine (0+ / 0-)

    He has passed a healthcare law, which will give the uninsured access to healthcare, who else has done that?

    He has increased fuel efficiency standards and has done more for the environment than any other President in history.

    He has expanded Pell Grants giving millions of people access to a college education. We have all heard the great accomplishments, so much it makes the heads dizzy.

    But as it relates to this chained CPI deal.... True, there are many individuals who disagree with this proposal, and I understand that. Still, I don't see it as enough to strip this President of all he has accomplished since he took office.

    Especially, if this plan has within it measures to protect the elderly and the poor, and also, and I think this is big, if he is able to achieve Universal Pre-K through this deal.

    Yes, many disagree with the President's proposal, but this President's legacy has already been cemented, and will be remembered, especially each time an individual gains access to healthcare due the Affordable Care Act, or women being able to gain access to contraceptive care, or gays being able to serve openly in the military.

    And up ahead, we have three more years for him to pass other important legislation.... Yes, if I detect a note of worry about this President's legacy...don't....

    It will be just fine.

    •  I appreciate your perspective, but a large part (2+ / 0-)
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      of what lies ahead has to do with being able to pass any legislation at all, and if repub's can run against dems next year for having cut SS, then it's only going to get more and more difficult to push that rock up the hill.

      Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

      by p gorden lippy on Tue Apr 09, 2013 at 09:59:00 AM PDT

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      •  I understand, and you raise a valid point. But (1+ / 0-)
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        p gorden lippy

        as I have been saying on a number of posts today. The proposal the President has on the table is in response to Republicans, something that they want (we all know they would like to get into our long standing social programs) for something we want, which is more revenue. It will be difficult for Republicans to claim that we didn't want to touch Social Security when they accept that side of the bargain as their demand fulfilled. fact, many are on the Record saying that the President needs to go a lot further.

        They tried running on Democrats wanting to kill Medicare in the last election and they failed.

    •  Ned, where can we find stats on the real world (1+ / 0-)
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      p gorden lippy

      effects of this 25 year old repug insurance reform? It hasn't positively affected anyone I know, or my wife and I. We have gotten smacked with raising premiums every year since heritagecare passage, just like always, and have had to opt for higher co-pays. We are still afraid to use our insurance for fear of even more premium raises. In our town we are contributing to a teacher and her daughter, who has a rare cancer, because even with government employer provided healthcare they need $150,000 in cash to manage the bills.

      The stark fact is that the two parties just fight over which one of them will deliver the 1%'s neo-liberal loot. And that loot comes from the rest of us.

      Any repug president would have to end the wars. And all the Civil Rights victories are really won by the people, Presidents only assist and sign the bill the people pass. But no Civil Rights, gun control, extension of Pell Grants, etc, will mean anything if the working and middle class can't win an economic fight.  

      Cutting SS against the will of over 80% of citizens to slake the bottomless greed of the financial elite is a stake in the heart of our civil and economic democracy.

      •  Here is a diary from Kossack War on Error: (1+ / 0-)
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        •  Thanks Ned. It is good to know that people are (1+ / 0-)
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          beginning to get some relief from the insurance companies thru heritagecare. It just hasn't happened to anyone we know or to us yet. We also have a nephew who was denied care by his insurance provider because he was off work recovering from cancer treatments and neither he nor his school were paying into his insurance anymore as his sick leave ran out. We got him coverage thru his states high risk pool and it was only affordable because enough of us in the family could pick up several months for him each. The horror stories I've related are happening in Ohio and Oregon. Both families have a loved one dealing with an illness that can kill them, neither has the money to pay the bills for life saving treatment, both are on their own. So I'll get on the band wagon for heritagecare when people I know aren't still getting kicked to the curb by the insurance companies when they are facing death by denial of care. Again, I am glad some people are getting relief.

          I still don't think this 25 year old repug insurance reform will work no matter what tweaks Obama added. We are still not free to take care of each other thru collective effort because for profit insurance companies ceo'd by investment bankers won't let us.

          And I can't be sold on this Rube Goldberg chained cpi scam. If Alice Revlin is selling it, Pete Peterson is pocketing the profits. It is step one in privatizing SS for Wall St. and Obama knows it.

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