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  •  I think Obama is getting at something different (0+ / 0-)

    I think he's trying to move Dems away from focusing all their political capital and energy towards seniors and shifting it towards protecting the interests of young adults, students, and parents with small kids.

     The Republicans are going to protect their base (which is seniors a this point). Someone has to be an advocate of the young in this country.

    Republicans have decided to treat all spending as a zero sum game and a big part of the country has brought into that, especially seniors.

    In other words if it's a zero sum game I'd rather Republican leaning seniors take a haircut over the poor and the young. I know it's not popular to say on a progressive site but I think that's the political calculus Obama has made.

    •  You may be correct on that calculus (0+ / 0-)

      and maybe he figures it worked for him, but if the Democratic Party thinks that they are going to ever have a majority in Congress without getting votes from the most reliable of all voters, seniors, particularly in mid term elections then I don't know what kind of map they're seeing across the northern Midwest.

      I'm 62 and my mother is still voting at 92.  You just cannot write off two generations of voters and expect to win elections particularly when those 42 are going to be starting their retirement plans.  

    •  His brilliant opinions are irrelevant (1+ / 0-)
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      He is fast approaching a GOP level of indifference mixed with incompetence. Once he finishes his term he won't be interested in the future of the Dem Party. He willhave used it up and discarded it.

      Dems are better off keeping him out of the strategy and planning processes for the party's future.

      Better to focus on fixing the economy and creating jobs. Its the best way to grow the Dem base.  Simple, honest, straightforward.

      "If you can't take their money, eat their food, drink their booze and then vote against them, you have no business being up there."

      by Betty Pinson on Wed May 22, 2013 at 01:22:18 PM PDT

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    •  I don't see it quite that way (1+ / 0-)
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      I see Obama as focused on the FUTURE. Preparing for it, upgrading our infrastructure to deal with it, educating for it, researching new technologies, developing promising ones.

      That means investing in green tech, space travel, basic research. And yes, the young will reap the benefits of that. I'm not young anymore, but I still want my children and grandchildren to have a better world, not a worse one.  

      The GOP wants to cling to the past, worship it, stop all progress, research, education. They don't want to have to change anything, unless it directly benefits them, and even then they have to think about it REALLY hard.

      They hate change. Obama seems to embrace it, and is trying (and it's got to be frustrating for him) to drag the rest of the party with him.

      If I had to give the parties each a slogan, I think I'd have to give the Dems 'To boldly go' (even though they don't go fast enough) and the GOP would be 'You can't make me, you're not my Mom'

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