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  •  None of our leaders want to talk about it (1+ / 0-)
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    Eric Nelson

    I just heard James Patterson talking on Rev. Al Sharpton's show.  He was talking about all the "progressive" issues that liberal Dems should help Obama advance now that Obama has taken an interest in them.

    His talking points included gun law reform, education spending, environmental reform and a few other things, but made no mention of the most important issue of all: economic recovery and jobs.

    Are they just being obtuse?

    According to the latest polls, Americans still consider the economy to be the #1 problem in the US

    From the latest CNN poll:

    "Which of the following is the most important issue facing the country today? The economy. The federal budget deficit. Health care. Gun policy. Foreign policy. Immigration. The environment."

     The economy     46%                  

    The federal budget deficit  23%                  

    Health care   14%                 

    Gun policy 6%                  

    Foreign policy     4%                  

    Immigration  3%                  

    The environment   2%                  

    Other (vol.)     1%

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    That's not to say policy priorities should always be governed by popular opinion, but when nearly half of Americans think the economy/jobs should be the number one priority, someone in DC should pay attention.

    I continue to get the feeling that our own Dem leaders in DC don't want to talk about the crappy economy.  They seem to be avoiding the problem like the plague.

    Democratic Leaders must be very clear they stand with the working class of our country. Democrats must hold the line in demanding that deficit reduction is done fairly -- not on the backs of the elderly, the sick, children and the poor.

    by Betty Pinson on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:01:22 PM PST

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    •  As you know, I think the economy... (2+ / 0-)
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      quill, Calgacus

      ...and jobs are extremely important, too. But it is beyond sad where the majority places environmental matters, which, of course, includes the issues of global warming, which, I personally believe, is the most important issue of our time.

      Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

      by Meteor Blades on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 05:11:40 PM PST

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