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  •  Wow! (22+ / 0-)

    Do I agree with that!

    (1)  Yeah, I remember "the Swedish Option."  I recall that it was discussed back in 2008 and I recall thinking it seemed to make a lot of sense to me -- why give money to the banks w/out taking an equity position (like we did w/GM)?  But I also recall it was an option raised by professionals like Krugman, but never really considered by The Powers That Be.

    After all, the idea that the people who proved so monumentally bad at their job as to drive the global economy into the ground might just need someone to ride herd on them so that they wouldn't do that again . . . why that's just silly talk!

    (2)  And, yeah . . . I remember the inauguration.  I worked for Obama's campaign at the local level here in NC (big upset when the state finally went for him, Yay!) and stayed home from work to drink champagne and watch it.  It really did feel like a new day was dawning after eight years of night.

    But it seemed that once he got into office his immediate focus was on "working together," "coming together in a bipartisan way," and "making friends with" the people responsible for driving us into The Grand Canyon.  So anxious was he to play nice with the people he had just beaten -- and who he never seemed to recognize would have liked nothing more than to flay him alive for the humiliation he inflicted upon them with that beating -- that on his first major policy initiative, the Stimulus Bill, he caved and got less than even his most conservative economic advisers had told him would be necessary.

    And even if, as Ezra argues in his article, Obama got the most he could have gotten out of the Congress, he was still disserved by his failure to explain to the American people while they still hung on his words and believed him to be their Golden Boy that what the Republicans were giving him would not be enough.

    Instead he said "Mission Accomplished" and then - when it turned out that it hadn't been - he was the one who got blamed for the failure to make things better.

    We voted for a visionary, and we got a manager.

    Politics is the neverending story we tell ourselves about who we are as a people.

    by swellsman on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 05:37:18 PM PDT

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    •  if Obama had gone for the stimulus package (17+ / 0-)

      America actually needed, and the GOP and the Blue Dogs blocked it, Obama would have been able to blame the resulting disaster on them 100%.

      Imagine the impact on GOP / Blue Dog political careers of a still-popular Obama campaigning in person in their districts against a "do-nothing Congress" and a "do-nothing Congressman" concurrently with unplugging the Blue Dogs from funding via the DNC.

      Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

      by alizard on Sun Oct 09, 2011 at 09:48:01 PM PDT

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      •  Now THAT is a lovely dream ...sigh (8+ / 0-)
        Obama campaigning in person in their districts against a "do-nothing Congress" and a "do-nothing Congressman" concurrently with unplugging the Blue Dogs from funding via the DNC.

        Esp kicking the Blue Dogs OFF the team for bad behavior.  

        The harsh reality of the likes of Joe Liberman, Ben Nelson et all.  It burns.  

        Letting Republicans run the government is like putting Atheists in charge of a church. They don't believe in it, don't care if it works - and they take no responsibility for the results.

        by orangecurtainlib on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 08:58:30 AM PDT

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        •  that's the difference between (1+ / 0-)
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          Obama going down in history as "FDR II" and getting his face on Mt. Rushmore after two successful terms, and Obama flying off into retirement as an expat in 2013 in his own private jet owned by The Obama Foundation and paid for by billionaires for "a lifetime of public service" (for them) ... and at best, going down in history besides US Grant and Harding for the most corrupt Presidencies in history.

          Peak Oil is NOW! Looking for intelligent energy policy alternatives? Try here.

          by alizard on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 02:13:20 PM PDT

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          •  While I think your statement is a little harsh; (1+ / 0-)
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            time will tell.  He isn't done with his 1st term and I believe he will get a second one as well.  

            He inspired me to get involved in 2008, and I sincerely hope that he is listening to the OWS movement; right now.

            Perhaps the corruption runs too deep for him to overcome.  I can certainly visualize Barack Obama looking much like Bill Clinton does today, post presidency.

            Let's hope we are wrong.

            Letting Republicans run the government is like putting Atheists in charge of a church. They don't believe in it, don't care if it works - and they take no responsibility for the results.

            by orangecurtainlib on Mon Oct 10, 2011 at 04:51:10 PM PDT

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      •  It should be clear to everyone (1+ / 0-)
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        by now that Obama never had any intention of straying much from the center-right position he took when he began his term and from which he never wavered.

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