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President Obama is releasing a budget that is too conservative for senate democrats to vote for? I'm shocked, shocked that...

...he released a budget just as un-passable as his last two. The senate has twice voted unanimously against Barack Obama's budget proposals.

This isn't all new. What is new is the chained CPI and Medicare cuts.

President Obama is a neo-liberal democrat. His policies seem to reflect centrist ideas about instituting only the minimum possible welfare state necessary to avoid all out revolt. Those policies might work really really well when the economy is running well and jobs are available. They worked pretty well under Clinton, though plenty of people got left behind during the Clinton years. When things are booming, Democrats can get away with triangulation.

But the economy is not booming right now, it's barely avoiding being bust. We need a progressive Democrat to clean up the Bush mess, and while the President took some important steps in that direction during his first two years in office, we're not there yet. Yeah, we have to deal with the house, and that means realizing that there will be gridlock as long as Boehner has the gavel.

But compromise isn't on the table for this President the way it was for Bill Clinton. Boehner is bad at his job, he doesn't have control of his troops the way Gingrich did. The rank and file Republicans in the house hate President Obama. Everything is about him, and not about the nation or the policies. The president could suggest cutting medicare and social security by 50% and the republicans would still find some reason to cry socialist and vote against him. The president could personally slay Satan with a sword carved by God's own hand while the heavenly chorus sang the Star-Spangled Banner and the majority of Republicans would still think he was a Kenyan socialist secret-Muslim puppy-eater.

There's absolutely nothing that the President, or anyone in any branch of government, can do or say to get the extremist Republicans on board with any compromise or bargain. It's not going to happen. They will keep moving the goal posts.

So we're going to have another budget voted down on bi-partisan lines because it's too conservative for the Democrats, and the only thing that Obama could possibly do to please the Republicans is to resign or drop dead.

I'm shocked, shocked that we're playing this game yet again. We've memorized the moves already:

The president releases a budget. The left and right both criticize it, and vote it down in the Senate, together. The house passes an absurdly conservative budget, which dies in the senate, and the senate passes a sensible budget that contains some cuts, and that budget dies in the house. We pass continuing resolutions, and kick the can down the road, while the republicans blame their inability to compromise on the President and the Democratic party, and the house manufactures crises that embarrass our nation in the eyes of the world.

20 goto 10

I'm getting really fucking tired of the same old chess game every single year. The moves are always the same, and will be the same again now.

It's time to flip the table, and hit the republicans where they live. Chained CPI is the opposite of that tactic. If we fight for social security we can start integrating parts of the aging, white base of the Republican party into the Democratic party. Talking about the facts of social security and Medicare proving to the marginal voters on the edge of the republican party that social security is fine means we can grab some house seats.

That's how we win.

Instead, the Republicans are still whistling Dixie, and we're still trading them pawn for pawn.

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  •  Tip Jar (6+ / 0-)

    An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

    by OllieGarkey on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:45:14 AM PDT

  •  How can you tell where Obama is... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...on the political spectrum?

    I think what he "is" depends on:

    1) Who's asking

    2) What is their agenda

    3) Is he going to run again or is he a lame duck?

    4) If you're media, what he would like most people to see him as that week

    5) What his aides tell him he should "be" for the time being

    6) Does he have a feel for what the questioner thinks he is?

    7) What does Michelle think?

    8) His review of his campaign speeches so he can figure out in advance as to why almost everything now could be the opposite

    9) What does Biden think?

    10) If that doesn't work, what does Biden think after a few beers?

    11) If he can slyly change the subject after the question

    12) If he can suddenly "remember" an appointment after the question and then leave the room without attracting suspicion

    13) If he can just leave the questioner speechless after he "explains" it in vague abstractions

    14) If he can get the questioner to buy "What does it matter? In the end the entire human race is all alike."

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 08:53:49 AM PDT

  •  This is not a fight about "facts", though. (2+ / 0-)
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    OllieGarkey, blueyedace2

    At least not as facts are commonly understood. Just another mass nervous breakdown, with all the players on the left and right neatly lined up where they're supposed to be.

    And yes, it does get tiresome in its predictability.

    Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

    by MBNYC on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:10:08 AM PDT

    •  You're right. (1+ / 0-)
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      It would be wonderful to have a national conversation about social security, and the facts behind it.

      I wonder why we can't have that conversation, and I wonder why The President doesn't try to have it with the American people.

      The Bully Pulpit of the Presidency is the best place for that conversation to begin.

      An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

      by OllieGarkey on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:45:05 AM PDT

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      •  That would be great, wouldn't it? (2+ / 0-)
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        OllieGarkey, blueyedace2

        Me, I'd like to have a conversation about updating the entire New Deal model into one that works in the global economy. That's in part what OWS was about, but is it going to happen?

        Not while we're too busy figuring out who the real Progressives are on this site, as based on the degree and volume of our rote denunciations of the current President.

        Fuck me, it's a leprechaun.

        by MBNYC on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 09:59:44 AM PDT

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        •  That's an excellent point. (1+ / 0-)
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          I think many of us are trying to vent, and that leads to a lot of gnashing of teeth.

          I'm in contact with the some of the folks in OWS right now. It's a skeleton of what it used to be. For every committed person  who wants to take action, there's someone who wants to take action about chemtrails and should probably be committed. It's kind of a mess here  in New York right now, but there are some very smart people working very hard on getting things going again.

          An Fhirinn an aghaidh an t'Saoghail. (The truth against the world.) Is treasa tuath na tighearna. (The common people are mightier than the lords.)

          by OllieGarkey on Thu Apr 11, 2013 at 10:44:46 AM PDT

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