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  •  Mornin' Happenistas. (14+ / 0-)

    In Sandy news, PBS Nova will be about Hurricane Sandy next week.
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    Obama's news conference yesterday was a Doozy. I saved the transcript,because if there is a Betrayal on SS and Medicare, there are lots of "I'm in this for the middle class quotes". We'll see.

    And um, no President Obama. I did not vote for you to Compromise with the Republican Mafia. They have one mantra "Rig the system for the Rich". And they have their beady little red eyes focused on Dissolving the New Deal.

    I’m pretty confident about is the American people understood what they were getting when they gave me this incredible privilege of being in office for another four years. They want compromise. They wanted action. But they also want to make sure that middle-class folks aren’t bearing the entire burden and sacrifice when it comes to some of these big challenges. They expect that folks at the top are doing their fair share as well, and that’s going to be my guiding principle during these negotiations but, more importantly, during the next four years of my administration.

    "It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth." - Morpheus

    by CitizenOfEarth on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:43:58 AM PST

    •  Better idea (12+ / 0-)

      "To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

      White-collar conservatives flashing down the street, pointing their plastic finger at me..

      by BOHICA on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 05:52:08 AM PST

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    •  morning coe... (7+ / 0-)

      when obama talks about "bitter pills" for progressives, it seems pretty obvious what he's talking about...

      a bitter pill was being compounded by boner and obama prior to the election, among whose properties were cuts to social security, medicare, medicaid and tricare proposed by the president.

      this document is widely considered to be the starting point for future negotiations.  a consideration that obama's formerly off-the-record interview with the des moines register did nothing to dispel:

      "I am absolutely confident that we can get what is the equivalent of the grand bargain that essentially I've been offering to the Republicans for a very long time, which is $2.50 worth of cuts for every dollar in spending, and work to reduce the costs of our health care programs," Obama said. (The White House quickly clarified that he meant $2.50 of spending cuts for every dollar in new tax revenue.)

      "We can easily meet—'easily' is the wrong word—we can credibly meet the target that the Bowles-Simpson Commission established of $4 trillion in deficit reduction, and even more in the out-years ...

      so, no, you didn't vote for that, but unless a hell of a lot of people find their voices and their comfortable shoes, the president, the republicans, many democrats and the compliant villager media are going to ram this bitter pill down our throats.

      and the people on daily kos counseling that we should chill out, keep quiet and wait for obama to act are becoming accomplices in the theft of the social safety net.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:04:09 AM PST

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      •  No, that interview (7+ / 0-)

        with the Des Moines Register did nothing to dispel any of it.

        He just told us that he also thinks he has a mandate to do it.

        Funny that.  Not funny at all.  Because all of it was wrapped up in flowery rhetoric about how he was going to help the little guy, make sure everybody plays by the same rules, and how he is a warrior president.  I'm pretty sure that if you polled the people of the U.S. today they would not say that they elected him to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.  I think they heard him pledge not to "slash" Social Security, interpreted it as him saying he wouldn't cut it at all, and extrapolated that to the entire safety net.  They did not expect their president to deceive them.

        I would put money on the fact that the vast majority of this country agrees with CoE -- that's not why they elected him (not that they had much choice in the matter about being betrayed).


        "Justice is a commodity"

        by joanneleon on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 06:38:43 AM PST

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