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  •  No. The crisis in 2008 was wasted (7+ / 0-)

    It really was. Now there is crisis fatigue because of it, and the corrupt politicians creating more over what was once routine, like the debt ceiling which many of us predicted but everyone posted the "chill out. He's got this" pic to deny it. Now he is going after our safety net.

    The Presidency is a powerful position which is why there are kill lists. The deals brokered decided the ACA and people going bankrupt because of prescription drugs that are unaffordable were heavily influenced by the executive. Working to kill Brown Kaufman, as the President and Tim Giethner did, is why Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan are going to get away with what you posted.

    Harry Reid also has a lot of power wasted with filibuster reform. Wasted with giving Lieberman his Homeland Security chair back after supporting McCain.

    Forget Citizens United, The system has been corrupt since 1886. Some take the opportunity to do what they can during a crisis to help fix it a la FDR, some work to make the bond and shareholders whole and ignore main street like This administration and Congress which is why 121% of the gains in this "recovery" have gone to the 1%.

    Reagan used a lesser crisis to discredit Keynesianism so those solutions would be abandoned(Carter abandoned them before that so Reagan would have that power)  even though the stagflation problem was on the supply side with 2 oil shocks and OPEC along with the fall of Bretton Woods and the adjustments to it in 1971 when Nixon took us off. The propaganda worked though for economic evil just like it worked for economic good when FDR used it.

    This is a choice by Neoliberal politicians creating the Shock Doctrine over the debt ceiling even though there are two solutions not even being talked about anymore; a high value platinum coin and invoking section IV of the 14th amendment. the system is not making Democrats go after the new Deal; make no mistake about it, they want to.

    I don't negotiate grand bargains with deficit terrorists!

    by priceman on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 12:16:52 AM PDT

    •  And agin I say (1+ / 0-)
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      Till they feel the pain we will get no gain.

      Progress means moving forward sometimes it takes a step back to regroup for the push.

      There are no sacred cows.

      by LaEscapee on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 12:25:28 AM PDT

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      •  but they won't feel pain (1+ / 0-)
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        they'll become lobbyists, or go to work more directly for their corporate owners, while enjoying their nice government pensions. the people who will feel the pain are the people already feeling pain- only it will get much worse.

        The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

        by Laurence Lewis on Mon Mar 25, 2013 at 01:08:36 AM PDT

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