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  •  Pressident Obama made a similar point (23+ / 0-)

    last night:

    But -- and I mentioned this to Tom and Kat and a few folks right before I came out here -- the politics of this are tough. Because if you haven’t seen a raise in a decade; if your house is still $25,000, $30,000 underwater; if you’re just happy that you’ve still got that factor job that is powered by cheap energy; if every time you go to fill up your old car because you can’t afford to buy a new one, and you certainly can’t afford to buy a Prius, you’re spending 40 bucks that you don’t have, which means that you may not be able to save for retirement -- you may be concerned about the temperature of the planet, but it’s probably not rising to your number-one concern.  And if people think, well, that’s shortsighted, that’s what happens when you’re struggling to get by.  You’re thinking about what’s right in front of you, which is how do I fill up my gas tank and how do I feed my family.

    And so part of what we’re going to have to do is to marry a genuine, passionate concern about middle-class families and everybody who is trying to get into the middle class to show them that we’re working just as hard for them as we are for our environmental agenda, and that we can bridge these things in a way that advances the causes of both.  And that’s going to take some work.

         But the most important thing that it’s going to take is people in Washington who are willing to speak truth to power, are willing to take some risks politically, are willing to get a little bit out ahead of the curve -- not two miles ahead of the curve, but just a little bit ahead of it.  And that’s why your presence here is so important.

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    by TomP on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 10:09:13 AM PDT

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    •  Am I missing something here? (6+ / 0-)
      And so part of what we’re going to have to do is to marry a genuine, passionate concern about middle-class families and everybody who is trying to get into the middle class to show them that we’re working just as hard for them as we are for our environmental agenda,
      I mean I'm just some dumfuck here making occasional comments on Dkos but even I can see the stupid framing in this statement.

      Why oh why is, supposedly one of the most astute politicians of our time, framing climate change concern and the concerns of the lower and middle classes as oppositional.

      The correct and accurate frame is of coarse that efforts for investment in climate change mitigation and all environmental issues are naturally allied with economic benefits for us 99%.

      To miss that framing is gross political malpractice.

      "When I see I am nothing, that is wisdom. When I see I am everything, that is love. My life is a movement between these two." - Nisargadatta Maharaj.

      by mkor7 on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:16:41 PM PDT

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