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  •  He needs to decide what he wants (2+ / 0-)
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    He can't have it both ways, boldly defending the social safety net and calling for putting investment in our future above short-term deficit mania in the inaugural, then saying that unnecessary, stupid and cruel entitlement cuts are on the table to Boehner doesn't haz a sad. He needs to decide who he wants to please, Boehner, Peterson and DC pundits, or the American people and actual economists. I'm sick of him trying to have it both ways because he needs to be a pleaser. Leadership means making tough AND smart decisions in order to serve the greater good. He's not doing any of this here.

    "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

    by kovie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:14:37 PM PST

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    •  He was warned again yesterday by the IMF (0+ / 0-)

      ...to cut this shit out.



      Denial is a drug.

      by Pluto on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:23:44 PM PST

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      •  I missed that--what's the gist? (0+ / 0-)

        I think he just likes making speeches, and the role of being president. Actually doing the job properly seems to be an annoyance to him.

        "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

        by kovie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:26:30 PM PST

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        •  Protect global economy gist. (0+ / 0-)

          Not the sort of thing to make news in the US.



          Denial is a drug.

          by Pluto on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 04:28:58 PM PST

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          •  How? (0+ / 0-)

            More austerity--or stimulus?

            "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

            by kovie on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 07:15:14 PM PST

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          •  His gambit is long term debt reduction (0+ / 0-)

            And assume it won't matter. Just as Clinton left with surpluses.  It is a shell game.

            His problem is Republicans wont play along and he keeps trying to get them to.  They are going for the long term stuff.  So he is playing a dangerous game of chicken by keeping the austerity noise on the table.

            "Small Businesses Don't Build Levees" - Melissa Harris Perry

            by justmy2 on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 08:04:01 PM PST

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