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  •  It should not have been the priority in the midst (2+ / 0-)
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    of a real-economy depression.

    Wasting the opportunity to do what Voters elected Democrats to do (and health insurance reform was way down the list) cost us the House for a generation.

    The Voters were screaming "we need jobs dumbasses" for two years straight and all anyone in DC heard was "What?  Please mandate that you buy health insurance you can't afford? Ok!!".

    Wash. Judge Tells Cops To Return Man’s Marijuana Or Be Found In Contempt

    by JesseCW on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:10:53 PM PDT

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    •  The ACA thing has been a debacle- and (1+ / 0-)
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      I realize that has nothing to do with the law itself. It could have been a good law and it may still be in the loooooonnnnggg run, but it's cost: benefit is absolutely immense and sickening...

      From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

      by satrap on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:14:38 PM PDT

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    •  C'mon, right out of the chute in Feb 09 Obama (4+ / 0-)

      passed a large jobs/stimulus bill.  THEN he went to healthcare.

      Spain has 25% UE and most of Europe is way worse off than us.

      "The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason." - Thomas Paine

      by shrike on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:15:20 PM PDT

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      •  The euroidiots have acted (2+ / 0-)
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        like Repubs on steroids.  That shouldn't be a defense of our own bad decisions.  

        From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

        by satrap on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:19:30 PM PDT

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      •  It was a tiny bill, far smaller than any credibile (1+ / 0-)
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        mainstream economist advocated given the scale of the problem, and all it did was mitigate damage.

        It did not create net job, it only served to slow the bleeding.

        It was in no way responsive to a public demanding massive jobs programs.  

        People voted for Democrats in a Depression because they expected them to govern like Democrats in a Depression.   What they got were policies one would expect from a Rockefeller Republican in response to a modest recession.

        Wash. Judge Tells Cops To Return Man’s Marijuana Or Be Found In Contempt

        by JesseCW on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:21:30 PM PDT

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    •  I laugh, so I don't cry. (2+ / 0-)
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      And, since, followed that up with

      "oh, gosh, this deficit is just the most horrible thing! Why, we might lose the confidence of the people who have proven to be multi-level criminals who we refuse to prosecute. Only one thing to do: kills jobs and cut services!"

      How much more divorced from reality can our politicians be? Isn't doing the healthy things the vast majority of voters want THE way to win elections?

      Unless, of course, it's that our politicians are working by the rules of a reality that they prefer we don't see. But that's crazy talk.


      Actual Democrats is the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats

      by Jim P on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:31:33 PM PDT

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    •  Every campaign cycle, it's 'JOBS JOBS JOBS' (1+ / 0-)
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      from every candidate.  Then they get into office, and we get austerity driven job cuts and abortion legislation over and over.

      •  the problem is that the idiot party (1+ / 0-)
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        thinks jobs are generated by pipelines and low taxes.  Full stop.   It's  a religious belief, not an economic one.

        From Neocon to sane- thanks to Obama- and Kos.

        by satrap on Sat May 04, 2013 at 07:34:39 PM PDT

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