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  •  And what has he done since? (6+ / 0-)

    Since then, he has made deficit reduction his prime goal.  Deficit reduction = austerity

    Unless you were hibernating during the summer of 2011, there is no way to deny that Obama is a champion of austerity.

    If Obama was not a supporter of austerity, then he would agree with John Conyers that we need to repeal the line of the Budget Control Act of 2011 that enacted sequestration.  Obama does not want to do that.  He wants to replace it with cuts to Social Security and Medicare and extract chump change from the rich (and we all know that the tax increases will be undone in the future but the benefits never restored).

    Obama rejected the Simpson-Bowles plan (of which he still spoke highly) not because it took an axe to the welfare state, but because it cut military spending too much for his liking.

    •  So he was for stimulus before he was against it? (3+ / 0-)
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      Onomastic, OIL GUY, aitchdee

      What changed between 2009 and 2011? Hmmmm......

      Step 1: Someone writes a highly misleading diary with a selective use of facts. Step 2: Someone else writes a highly misleading diary to counter the first diary with a selective use of facts. Step 3: Someone says Obama is worse than Hitler. Repeat.

      by NoFortunateSon on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 08:34:16 PM PDT

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      •  Simpson-Bowles was created BEFORE 2010 election (1+ / 0-)
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        3goldens

        National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (or Simpson-Bowles Commission) was created in April 2010, i.e. before the 2010 election.  Obama had already moved to austerity mode.  It was not a response to the 2010 election.

        •  So what changed? (0+ / 0-)

          Step 1: Someone writes a highly misleading diary with a selective use of facts. Step 2: Someone else writes a highly misleading diary to counter the first diary with a selective use of facts. Step 3: Someone says Obama is worse than Hitler. Repeat.

          by NoFortunateSon on Fri Jun 07, 2013 at 09:18:31 PM PDT

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          •  If I had to guess (0+ / 0-)

            He did the stimulus out of necessary because the economy was seriously tanking.  However, as soon as that was over, the self-described Blue Dog Democrat (http://my.firedoglake.com/...) wanted to shift the focus to deficit reduction, which was a larger priority for him.  He may have drunk his own Kool-Aid and though he would actually usher in an age of "post-partisanship" and thought that deficit reduction would be the best issue for that.  He had, however, begun to talk about cutting Social Security and Medicare even before taking office, but he couldn't move on those policies while the economy was seriously in the gutter.  

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