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Obama Plays It Down the Middle

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Posted on Feb 14, 2011
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President Obama brought his budget talk to Baltimore’s Parkville Middle School and Center for Technology on Monday.

Could President Obama’s newly unveiled budget—which includes, he claims, funding cuts to programs he supports—represent an attempt to win over some conservative constituents before Nov. 4, 2012? Some analyst types are invoking the name of a certain former president and a strategy he once employed at a similar juncture in his own career.  —KA

CNN:

One difference between Clinton in 1995 and Obama in 2011 is that “Clinton sacrificed his agenda-setting powers to engage in triangulation—looking responsive more than proactive,” argued Wendy Schiller, a Brown University political science professor.

Obama “needed to present a tough budget, and depending on how it’s managed, the larger the Democratic outcry over it, the more credible he will seem to the fiscally concerned independent voters that are key to his re-election in 2012,” she said. The risk for Obama, Schiller said, is angering his party’s base voters “so much that they stay home in 2012.”

Schiller also warned of a backlash against Republicans calling for deeper cuts. There may be a large number of voters “who did not realize how much they needed federal spending until it was taken away from their communities,” she said. “Not only will that help Obama in 2012, it may do damage to the longer-term Republican goal of shrinking the size and scope of the federal government.”

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By frecklefever, February 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm Link to this comment

INSTEAD OF GEARING ALL HIS DECISIONS ON GETTING RE ELECTED…OBAMA SHOULD FOLLOW
THE INNER VOICE THAT REASONED A SELFLESS CAREER AS A COMMUNITY ORGANIZER…AND LEAD
THE BATTLE AGAINST GREED..BUT HE HAS BEEN SEDUCED BY POWER…..THE PENTAGON AND ITS
MINIONS ARE LIKE THE FAT PUP THAT GORGES FRANTICALLY..AND EMACIATES THE SIBLINGS..NOT
CUTTING THE DEFENSE BUDGET EXPOSES THESE FAKERS AS A PITIFUL COLLECTION OF
ANEMICS…POSING AS LEADERS…A TRUE PATRIARCH IS THE RAREST OF BREEDS..AND THAT IS A
POVERTY AMERICA SCREAMS…

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By question, February 15, 2011 at 6:00 pm Link to this comment
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Obama has no powers, so no problemo.  And much of his base is already planning a taco party on next election nite, so again no problemo.  But here’s what I don’t understand about an alleged Democrat Prez:  why isn’t he pointing out that the severe budget cuts wouldn’t even be necessary if certain subsidies, tax breaks etc. for BUSINESSES were eliminated or capped?  I’m not talking small businesses, I’m talking megacorps that whine about a 35% tax rate but pay less annually than I pay because of all their deductions & offshore loopholes.  They’re not creating jobs anyway.  And Obama COULD argue the conventional taking point that small businesses create most of the jobs, because they DON’T.  The GOOD jobs are created by the megacorps & governments state or fed.  Small businesses create minimum wage or subsistence jobs, and hardly benefit from the tax loopholes of Wall St. etc.  As usual, Mr. Prez starts out by bargaining away what he doesn’t have to in order to get votes he won’t get anyway from a bunch of thugs who will now gut whatever’s left.  Is Obama insane or only those of us who believed him?

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By Inherit The Wind, February 15, 2011 at 5:19 pm Link to this comment

Since to Re-thuglicans, EverythingObama is Bad, perhaps the President is on a wise strategy—let the GOPers propose their insane, selfish tax cuts, then vote ‘em down in the Senate and/or veto them.  Let the GOP come to HIM for once….and maybe, finally sucker them into doing what has to be done—cut defense spending which is INSANELY high.

Or he’s being spineless again…

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