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    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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