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  •  We were told in 2008 NAFTA would be renegotiated (8+ / 0-)

    Meanwhile, Austan Goolsbee was telling Canadians:

    On Monday, a memorandum surfaced, obtained by The Associated Press, showing that Austan D. Goolsbee, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago who is Mr. Obama’s senior economic policy adviser, met officials last month at the Canadian consulate in Chicago.

    According to the writer of the memorandum, Joseph De Mora, a political and economic affairs consular officer, Professor Goolsbee assured them that Mr. Obama’s protectionist stand on the trail was “more reflective of political maneuvering than policy.”

    It also said the professor had assured the Canadians that Mr. Obama’s language “should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.”

    I believed the campaign's denials of the memo back then.  Subequent events led me to reconsider that belief.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 05:48:54 PM PST

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    •  Goolsbee made a mistake. (5+ / 0-)

      He was inadvertently honest.

      I don't like being cynical but every time I start getting delusional bursts of optimism reality slaps me in the face, just like this.

      look for my eSci diary series Thursday evening.

      by FishOutofWater on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 06:56:40 PM PST

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      •  I rode that roller coaster RE this administration. (2+ / 0-)
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        For a year.

        income gains to the top 1% from 2009 to 2011 were 121% of all income increases. How did that happen? Incomes to the bottom 99% fell by 0.4%

        by JesseCW on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:18:18 PM PST

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        •  I first thought about getting off the ride re FISA (1+ / 0-)
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          then with his interview prior to being sworn in where his number one concern was 'entitlement reform', combined with the people selected Obama selected once he was sworn in like...Summers, Rahm Emanuel, Geithner, Bernanke, Gates, etc., that's when I left the amusement park.

          without the ants the rainforest dies

          by aliasalias on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 02:57:58 PM PST

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    •  this part of the quote goes for most issues (0+ / 0-)
      It also said the professor had assured the Canadians that Mr. Obama’s language “should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans.
      It's like 3 card Monty, watch the hands not the face, or watch what's being done not what's being said.

      without the ants the rainforest dies

      by aliasalias on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 02:51:26 PM PST

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