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Posted on Mar 3, 2009
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President Obama reflects during a budget meeting.

By Eugene Robinson

    Sometimes, it turns out, politicians can be taken at their word. More than a year ago, while campaigning for the Democratic nomination, Barack Obama told the Reno Gazette-Journal that “Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not, and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.” Reagan, he said, “put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it.” The implication was that Obama, if elected, would be no less ambitious.

    Just six weeks into his term, Obama has opened his bid to redraw the boundaries of our politics and expand the realm of the possible. Reagan shifted our whole political spectrum to the right, and now Obama intends to shift it to the left. Like Reagan, Obama senses that the nation is already moving in his direction, well ahead of its political leadership.

    You’d think that Republicans who claim to idolize Reagan would recognize what’s happening, but they seem oblivious. After Obama gave his prime-time speech to Congress last week, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal began his response with a patronizing, cringe-worthy riff in which he congratulated the president on being the first African-American to hold the office—as if we hadn’t noticed. The governor went on to lay out a program that would have sounded bold and innovative if the year were 1978: lower taxes, smaller government, wave the flag, etc.

    Obama’s speech was merely to set the stage. The week’s main event—and the most important act thus far of his already eventful presidency—was the $3.6 trillion budget he proposed two days later. The sums of money involved are so huge that commentators used up a year’s worth of adjectives: unprecedented, staggering, breathtaking. Ultimately, though, the numbers will mean less to history than the way Obama’s budget reorders the nation’s priorities and changes the relationship between Americans and their government.

    In halting some of the largesse that the Reagan, Bush and Bush administrations gave to the wealthiest Americans, Obama reintroduces the principle of progressive taxation—the idea that the rich, who can afford it, should pay a greater percentage of their income in taxes so that the government can do more to improve the lives of those who are not rich. This is what John McCain was warning against, I think, when he attacked Obama during the campaign as a “redistributionist.” The Rush Limbaugh wing of the Republican Party has begun sputtering about rampant socialism.

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    Of course, one early supporter of this radical idea was Teddy Roosevelt, McCain’s supposed hero. I wonder if the Rough Rider’s assessment of today’s Republicans—staunch defenders of those who make more than $250,000 a year and who tell everyone else to buzz off—would be printable in a family newspaper.

    Obama proposes a $634 billion “down payment” over the next 10 years on health care reform, with the aim of moving toward universal coverage. The important thing here, of course, isn’t the big number; it’s the fact that he is expanding the government’s responsibility for its citizens’ health beyond the old, the young and the poor. Conservative commentators are outraged that Obama would go so far as to offer a government-supported plan that Americans are likely to prefer to the hodgepodge of private insurance coverage they now have to navigate. Has the president no shame?

    By including education among his top three priorities, Obama expands on a commitment to make improving the schools a federal matter, not just a local issue. This bit of intrusive social engineering was actually initiated by George W. Bush, of all people. In placing energy in his top three, by contrast, Obama reverses Bush administration policy, which was all about oil. But the bigger headline on the energy front is his acceptance of our nation’s responsibility to play its part in slowing or reversing global climate change.

    There’s a reason why Obama’s approval ratings remain so high. He senses that Americans yearn for greater fairness and accountability in our society, especially after the excesses that threaten to wreck our economy and destroy so many dreams. He knows that American individualism is tempered by the need to feel community in the nation and the world.

    He also knows that windows of opportunity for fundamental change remain open just briefly before slamming shut. His declaration Saturday that “I didn’t come here to do the same thing we’ve been doing or to take small steps forward” may be the understatement of the year.
   
    Eugene Robinson’s e-mail address is eugenerobinson(at)washpost.com.
   
    © 2009, Washington Post Writers Group


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By Folktruther, March 5, 2009 at 9:37 am Link to this comment

Cyrena gives a good example of what the Dem party is turning into.  It is now beginning to distribute the kind of sleaze that the Limbarghers do regularly from a Gop perspective.

According to Cyrena, the reason that I say that Obama supported spying on the American people, the bailout swindle, and the arbitrary imprisonment of “unlawful combatants”, etc is because I am a pathological liar.  These points aren’t true because you can’t believe anything I say.

Since what I am saying is obviously true, the intention is not to factually combat it, but to intimidate people from telling the simple truth.  This is the only tactic that the Obama cheerleaders now have, that and the usual irrelevancies that distract attention from the main points.  This is the typical Cyrena tactic to defend the undefensible policies of Obama.

Having witnessed and been so characterized by dishonest truthers like Cyrena through a long life, I am accustomed to it as being the usual drivel.  But it important that true progressives also become accustomed to it because the American power system and the learned and mass media is increasingly consisting of this kind of sleaze.  Power and those that identify with power are becoming increasingly dishonest like Cyrena, or deranged like Trith and Shenonymous.  We have to get used to it, and to that extent, by providing it, Cyrena serves a useful purpose.

But the US power structure can, and will, do much worse. The truth struggle is an important part of the class struggle, and the captialist class and their supporters become increasingly barbarous, brutal and violent as their power is threatened historically. This kind of drivel by Cyreana is nothing compared to what power, and Obama, can and will do. 

She happens to have a poisonous nature so it is reflexsive for her to make poisonous accusations and characterizations.  The kind of Libbargher sleaze that the mass media gives a platform to.  It is the kind of pompoms that the Obama cheerleaders use to rally the more ideologically backward DUPEs.  It is important to recognize it, expect it, and discount it.

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By cyrena, March 5, 2009 at 12:50 am Link to this comment

By Folktruther, March 4 at 10:32 pm

“When Bush proposed a bill to spy on Americans, Obama voted for it.  Whe Bush proposed a bailout swindle for the banks, Obama lobbied for it.  When Bush stated that the courts have no rights, and that the president can imprison a person for life merely on his say so, Holder just upheld Bush’s policies for Obama.” 

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You’re up to your standard tricks as usual FT, pathological liar that you are. This is all propaganda as specifically distorted facts. And what are you claiming that Holder has just ‘upheld’ of bush policies?

Why do you keep doing it Folk? Every time Obama reverses one or more of the MANY criminal policies of the former rogue regime, you start hollering about something that you’ve intentionally manipulated the context of, to prove your fantasy point -your obsession- over Obama and his incredible leadership skills combined with efficient pragmatism and a sense of 21st Century Reality.

In fact, Folktruther, I was listening to San Francisco’s Mayor Newsome, earlier today, on this very subject, and he essentially spoke for any of us who have been paying attention. That is to say that Obama has been consistent to his entire two year campaign, in following up on all of the things that he committed to during that time. Something politicians NEVER DO. Not if you and the rest of us have been in the same reality for the past 40 years. In short, the guy promised “Change”, specifically to the way business is done in Washington, and he has already proceeded to deliver exactly that, with tons more set up for future delivery. This is definitely the first part of the disaster – rescue phase, which is the most difficult part.

Barack Obama has already delivered on your time-warped grievances,  all perpetrated by the worst fraud regime in the history of the country, aside from the original theft. So no matter how much you hate him Folk, and try to put him in the barrel with the real criminals, it still ain’t happenin’, except in your own mind.

So why not just face it FT, the man is taking the stairs three at a time without breakin’ a sweat.

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By wolynski, March 4, 2009 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment
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My, this is a lively discussion.

Fist and foremost, I’m against the U.S. bombing defenseless third world countries - the bloodshed has to stop. Just now, Bush has been indicted by the International Court in the Hague and Obama is set o follow, no doubt. Mr. Robinson, the Obama you praise so much is a war criminal.

On the economic front, the question remains whether capitalism without social responsibility (call it credit capitalism) has run its course. Is our financial system worth repairing or should we replace it with something else? I don’t see the point in bailing out AIG and the banks - they failed, replace them. Unpayable debt got us into this mess,Obama wants to continue a credit economy.

And there appears to be no discussion of the bigger issues. A few days into his presidency. Obama comes up with a thousand plus page bill that nobody who voted for or against it has read.

While I approve of some of things Obama has proposed, like stem cell research, abortions abroad, stopping federal raids on marijuana dispensaries etc., the bigger picture is murky.

Heaven forbid there should be another 9/11 type incident, because then all bets are off.

Why are Americans so afraid of West European style capitalism with its social safety net? England is hardly a socialist system.

Incidentally, Obama is not for a single payer health care - never has been, never will be.

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By Folktruther, March 4, 2009 at 6:32 pm Link to this comment

JFoster- I am sorry you admire my sceptism: I would have hoped that you would admire my reason.  I am not saying that Obama is not doing the right thing, and consequently you feel that he should be allowed more time.  I am saying that he is doing the WRONG THING, and more time will merely allow him to do more wrong things. Somehow this seems to be difficult for Americans to understand.

When Bush proposed a bill to spy on Americans, Obama voted for it.  Whe Bush proposed a bailout swindle for the banks, Obama lobbied for it.  When Bush stated that the courts have no rights, and that the president can imprison a person for life merely on his say so, Holder just upheld Bush’s policies for Obama. 

Obama is not only continuing the AF-Pak war, he is escalating it.  Clinton, now in Isreal, just came donw hard on military threats against Iran, just as Bush did.  This is a demented threat, promoted int eh interests of Israeli imperialism, not American imperialism.

What is hard to understand about that?  What is unreasonable about saying so in a simple way?  It is quite true that it is conflict with the Dem party’s saying it is too early to criticize Obama, and this refrain is repeated by the Obama cheerleaders.  This mames no sense at all.  Obama has committed himself to Bushite policies.  You don’t have to wait for them; just look at what he is doing.

The US, under kleptocapitaism, has led the world into another depression. As soon as people realize it, and understand that the US is lying about the offical statistics, deomonstrations will start occurring, as they have all over the world.  The enormous amount of money that the Us ruling class has stolen, and the resulting enormous inequality, will be defended by mmilitarized police that will be deployed in the US.

And to some extent, around the US peremiter, have ALREADY been deployed.  This hundred mile corridor around the US perimeter has been called a CONSTITUITON FREE ZONE by the ACLU.  It contains two thirds of Americanas, who can be stopped, hassled, arrested and imprisoned without warrants.

To a large extent, Sepharad, the ACLU isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit.  They simply do not state that the US is being systematically turned into a police state.  Under Obama now as well as Bush.

That truthdig does not permit me to comment is not important.  What is important is that the trajectory is not to permit any critical commnent of pseudo-progressive bullshit that, largely indirectly, supports the wars, kleptocapitalism, and the increasing police state.  The only cricism permitted IMPLICITLY SUPPORTS these Obama policies, with few exceptions.

Am I being alarmist?  Apparently not sufficiently.  No one appears to understand the implications of what I am saying.  This isn’t exaggeration.  The trajectory toward a new thought control bill, which previously passed the House 404-6, may not occur.  But that is the way we are headed. UNDER OBAMA.

The US is now repeating the trajectory that Gemany did in the previous depression.  It has already built the prisons and has already declared the president as the Commander of a delusive War on Terrorism.  Now is the time to say so, and to struggle against it, because we won’t be able to in a short while if this continues.

And this is taking place in a world with nuclear weapons.  What is hard to understand about this?  Is the fear so great that it makes invissible policies in plain sight?  Is the Hope of Dems as great and as delusive as the Faith of the Gops?  I hope not.  But the incomprehension is staggering, and not encouraging.

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By JFoster2k, March 4, 2009 at 3:55 pm Link to this comment

FT,

I sincerely hope you are just over-reacting and will never be banned from this site. Most liberals and progressives I know welcome debate. While many of us here may disagree with you on almost everything, our ability to discuss the issues (and call each other silly names) is part of the fun, don’t you think?

As for your idea that Obama is continuing Bush policies, how much do you expect to get done in the first couple months? Don’t you think his plate is rather full with the economic crisis, 2 wars, Republican obstruction at every turn and every G20 leader requiring his attention?

I admire your skepticism, but be reasonable. A lot is going to happen in the next few months.

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By gaylordcat, March 4, 2009 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment

You all amaze me. Have any one of you been taught that generalities, whether glittering or dull, are not worth a thimble full of camel spit? It is all right to have opinions and to voice those opinions without so much as a smudge of support from any viable resource, but to voice it as absolute fact is hilarious and insulting.

Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, ba-ba-a-lah.That is what you’re saying, and it makes perfect nonsense.

I know, I’m an old dupe who has been basted in the ooze of propagandists. I’m an aged, out-of-touch old man who is too feeble to know what’s going on. You people, on the other hand, are the truthsayers of the new age and know whereof you speak because you say you know whereof you speak, and we lesser beings should and must listen before the boogymen of the left and right knock our doors and drag us off to be tortured and killed. Well, I for one would rather be tortured and killed than to live in a world governed by you.

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By Sepharad, March 4, 2009 at 10:50 am Link to this comment
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Folktruther, if you’ve been writing posts that are critical of the Obama government and policies and/or posts that are critical of truthdig columnists and as a result are getting shut down, that is a blatant restriction of your right to free speech. If I were you I’d save copies of what you write that’s been rejected and take it to the ACLU. I don’t know why a website like truthdig would censor ANY comments, though once in awhile some of mine and also Inherit’s haven’t been printed. In my case it’s probably because the editors don’t think what I’ve written is of interest to truthdiggers—kind of random—or possibly a computer failure. Your case as stated in your post sounds like something different and you should definitely do something about it. If you need further inspiration reread Sinclair Lewis’ “It Can’t Happen Here.” ACLU would be only too happy to help—I used to work for them because I believed in their motto “what is done to one can be done to everyone.” Though you and I disagree on roughly 95% of our exchanges, I do think about some of the points you raise, and would be disappointed if truthdig quieted down into anything less than a free marketplace of ideas.

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By Folktruther, March 4, 2009 at 10:22 am Link to this comment

I assume that I will be banned soon from Truthdig, since I am increasingly prevented from making commnents on new Truthdig pieces, which will not print them.  As will other truthers who attack the fake progressive pieces of truthdig.  This is a general tendency in the US, as America becomes a postmodern police state under Bush and Obama.

They have different rhetoric and margianlly different policies since they appeal to different ideological constituencies, but they both represent the same neoliberal, pro-war power structure which is determined to maintain the enormous economic and power inequality that has been amassed the past few decades.

The function of the Obama cheerleaders is to obscure and disguise this historical tendency, in order to get progressives to support conservative policies.  Obama’s bailout swindle is similar to Bush’s, his wars are continuation of Bush’s, his policies of torture and spying on the US are similar to Bush’s, as are the incraasingly miltarized police in the US.

This can only be implemented smoothly by preventing criticism of Obama from the left, which truthdig is now increasingly doing.  At least to me, and I assume to others as well. You have to understand that this is going to be an increasing tendency in the US in the future, even before martial law is declared.  Progressives have to find some way of communicating that eludes the censorship that is being imposed by both the Bushites and Obamanites.  Increased censorship is the future of the US has it heads into the next depression.

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By Jason!!, March 4, 2009 at 7:12 am Link to this comment

Folktruther is 100% right.

New regime same ol B.S you just dealing with a new type of aristocrat they plan to enrich at the expense of enslaving you.

Propaganda is at an all time high with this crew. There are more “journalists” now working for the government than ever before. They control the message of both parties and continue pump lies and misleading info.

You can blindly follow them if you want. I for one do not trust them any more than I would Madoff or any other scam artist.

He plays the blame game and he will soon run out of people to point the finger at.

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By Benjamin Tasker, March 4, 2009 at 6:41 am Link to this comment

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20090302_its_obamas_war_now/

-This is why Obama resembles Bush. I think a proper analysis of Obama is somewhere in between Folktruther’s disgust and cyrena’s angelobama.

Cyrena, you’re right that on the homefront Obama is leagues beyond Bush and is making some real and positive progressive moves - I’m a big fan of his “good government” initiatives myself. I’m looking forward to seeing the high-speed train line-item in the stimulus bring us into the new millennium in travel technology. I’m looking forward to my stimulus check. I’m looking forward to medical reform and safety nets for homeowners. Then again - all this borrowing is pretty inflationary and will do a number on our federal credit card.

At the same time, Folktruther, you’re right too - Obama is continuing the imperial stance of the US abroad. We’re not leaving Iraq, We’re not leaving Afghanistan, and we’re still promoting (enforcing) neo-liberal policies on the rest of the world. Corporations are still allowed to profit from war. Innocent Palestinians are dying from US made weapons. NorthCom has been given troops to be trained on urban suppression in the US (!!!) And no one has moved to overturn the grossly unjust Patriot Act and similar oppressive acts of Congress under Bush. Then again - I wouldn’t be surprised if our Military Industrial Complex has a gun at Obama’s head.

You’re both right! and you’re both wrong!

How weird is that?!

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By cyrena, March 4, 2009 at 2:53 am Link to this comment

By Folktruther, March 3 at 2:24 pm #

“Reagan shifted our whole political spectrum to the right, and now Obama intends to shift it to the left.”

This quote by Robinson is Democratic bullshit.  Obama is continuing the political revolution initiated by the Bushites. Keptocapitalism, the endless War on Terrorism, and a militarized police state.  The ‘new’ trajectory is the same as the only trajectory.

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Ah folktruther, you never disappoint. I can set my clock by your responses. It only took a moment to find it…sticking out like the sore and bitter sight that it is.

So, I KNEW as soon as I read the above statement in Eugene’s piece, that you’d be hollerin’ in pain. You are so obviously determined to keep Barack Obama in the ‘pen’ you’ve placed him in, and he’s done nothing but make a liar out of you since the beginning.

You consistently make this claim that he is exactly like the bushites, despite the ever increasing hard evidence to the contrary.

We’ve sensed all along that Obama would be moving us back to the left, or at least back away from the precipice and closer to the center, (safer) if nothing more, dependent on where one’s ideological ‘center’ might be.

For many of us, it is simply a return to the rule of law, and there’s no doubt that Obama has done that and far, far, far more.

Why not just accept the fact, and appreciate it for what it’s worth to the rest of us survivors, even if you don’t wanna survive, or it doesn’t help you personally.

Or, at least wait until you have something that can possibly provide proof of your spurious claims. You haven’t yet, and you’re way behind in points now. Everytime you claim that Obama is just like the bushites, and continuing their authoritarian regime policies, Obama signs 10 documents,makes 6 major speeches on updates to policy, and appoints yet more administrative helpers - all demonstrating exactly the opposite. 

Meantime, this is another excellent piece from Mr. Robinson. He’s right about Jindal’s dumb ass too…as if we hadn’t noticed….

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By Sepharad, March 3, 2009 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment
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Folktruther, I’m no Obamabot, quite the contrary, but what he says he wants to and will do domestically—progressive taxes, health care reform—is important and needed desperately. My husband and I used to agree that Ted Kennedy-type liberalism existed to keep people just barely content enough to not revolt. We still believe that. But after the Reagan and Bush reigns, after the Exxons and foreclosures and Madoffs and all the other collapsing economic pillars, seeing what is happening to people all over this country, even that keep-‘em-happy pittance seems better than nothing. Our parents all had vivid memories of the Great Depression and would tell us about what life had been like for them then. It prompted my mother to join the Communist Party (though she tore up her card when Stalin signed the Non-Aggression Pact with Hitler) and she had to give up her music scholarship to help support the family. Earlier in his life, Dad had to drop out of elementary school just to keep a roof over his parents’ heads after his father, a carpenter, was disabled by disease, but when things slowed down in the Depression he had to work two jobs and give up night school. And they each said they considered themselves lucky, as things were much worse for so many people. If they were still alive, I think our parents would recognize what is going on as the beginning of a very nasty Depression, no matter what the economists are calling it. This is no time to cut back on what’s left of the social safety net. Some economists say that had it not been for WWII even Roosevelt’s drastic measures wouldn’t have worked. Can’t really see what might help us at this point—we are in at least two wars (with any luck will avoid yet a third war with Iran) and they’re not exactly having a beneficial effect on our economy.

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By ridinginfaith, March 3, 2009 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Who pays the must taxes?
   
http://www.taxfoundation.org/files/sr151.pdf

Wait till we feel the full effect of the rich turning to a thrifty standard of life,then you might understand the real meaning of trickle down effect.

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By Big B, March 3, 2009 at 4:17 pm Link to this comment

So what if the deficit is going to be over a trillion dollars? It’s not like it’s real money. It’s just monopoly money at this point. Besides, it’s not enough! I find it hard to believe I am saying this, but a trillion dollar deficit is not enough.

That’s right, not nearly enough.

The first few years of the new deal our deficit ran at over 100% of the budget, and it can be argued that that was not even close to enough stimulus to break the back of the great depression. But these times are different, and in many ways, worse. We did not have the huge fucking national debt that we have now. We did not have any middle class at that time to be in dire financial straights. Our people did not have the high expectations and standards of living that they have enjoyed for the last 40 to 50 years. In short, people in 1929 did not have as much to lose as we have now.

And I am supposed to feel confident about Barry’s pussy footing around with the likes of Geitner and other clintonian scum? W ran up 6 trillion in debt, and was sorry he couldn’t spend more!

It is not enough! If you are going to finance a recovery because our capitalistic system failed us once again, then by god finance it! spend 2, 3, even 4 trillion over the next year or so. Put in place the mechanisms of real change. Create a nationwide socialized medical system. Nationalize the banking industry(forever), Require all new buildings be 100% self-sufficient(green)Repair and rebuild every road, bridge and school that does not come up to snuff. make america energy independent and green by 2020. These are bold ideas, not the half-assed, second rate suggestions from the incompetant big business connected morons that helped put the nation on this course in the first place.

We cannot fix america by tinkering with this, and repainting that. We need to tear it down, and build a newer(and better) one.

But, like those other 12 steppers, you first have to admit that the problem is bad before you will do anything to deal with it. Right now we are still telling everyone that all we need to do is stop buying lottery tickets. Yea! that’ll fix our finances.

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By Allan Gurfinkle, March 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm Link to this comment
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It is way past time to raise the level of reality and to end the era of denial…..

.... http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va& aid=12518

Wow, great link.  On to the next.

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By agilog, March 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm Link to this comment

proud to have a president taking such dramatic steps to cushion the blow of this crisis.

http://agilog.blogspot.com/

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By Purple Girl, March 3, 2009 at 10:35 am Link to this comment

I reject the Premise that the ‘Grand Old Party’ originated in USA, to begin with. yes they may be ‘patriots’ but so were those who fought US in the name of the Crown-It’s relative to who you pledge your allegience to.
Seems to me the Current Repug party adheres to the ideologies akin to those Loyal to Crown and ‘Cross’, than our Free Market Democracy.Trickle Downhas always been the Beloved economic Stratedgy of monarchies and dictatorships. And to Claim we are a ‘Christian nation’ purely on the ‘In God we Trust’printed on our currency, indicts they Believe “God” is the Sole Property of the Christians. It doesn’t say ‘In Jesus We Trust’.Do they think they can hide their oppressive doctrines and agendas better because they don’t call it a Vatican, just a megachurch?
Do they not think we notice their concern over taxes, while working to devalue workers. They think we see the contradiction, that we consider Ourselves one and the Same. Or that we don’t realize it is Not US working taxpayers they are talking to. How can you Decry the woes of taxation, and then repeatedly pull tricks to assure reduced numbers are Represented during elections? How can you revere what is written on the Statue of Liberty and want to build walls and sniper towers on our southern border?
The problem with the Political dialogue is that we allow this group to claim it’s heritage to be American to being with..“Thou Protest too Much”, even when they blatantly prove it to be otherwise..Rush’s Red Army? will they be sporting RED COATS Too?
come on there is no need to give them the Benefit of the Doubt any longer, they’ve proven their Treachery through their words and actions- Call them what they are Modern day Royal Loyals,Traitors.

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By JFoster2k, March 3, 2009 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

Unbridled capitalism is at it’s heart, “The rich get richer while the poor get poorer”. Without strict governmental regulation and oversight the greed inherant in the persuit of wealth will always result in corruption like we see with Madoff, Stanford and the myriad of other con-artists. And let’s not forget the bankers who leveraged us, at 30 to 1, into this recession.

The “new trajectory” is really no more than getting us back on the proper side of the road. For too many years we have been speeding down the wrong lane of a two-way street. A crash was inevitable.

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By Folktruther, March 3, 2009 at 10:24 am Link to this comment

“Reagan shifted our whole political spectrum to the right, and now Obama intends to shift it to the left.”

This quote by Robinson is Democratic bullshit.  Obama is continuing the political revolution initiated by the Bushites. Keptocapitalism, the endless War on Terrorism, and a militarized police state.  The ‘new’ trajectory is the same as the only trajectory.

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By Jason!!, March 3, 2009 at 8:23 am Link to this comment

From NYTimes:

“confront the reality that Barack Obama is not who we thought he was.”

its about time.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/opinion/03brooks.html?_r=2&ref=opinion

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By Shift, March 3, 2009 at 5:23 am Link to this comment

What we are dealing with is the fraudulent transfer and confiscation of lifelong savings and pension funds, the fraudulent appropriation of tax revenues to finance the bank bailouts, etc.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12517

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By Shift, March 3, 2009 at 5:05 am Link to this comment

It is way past time to raise the level of reality and to end the era of denial.

What’s needed is “our moral obligation to (fight) against an evil and destructive system which maims, oppresses, and dishonors those who live under it, and which threatens devastation and death to millions….around the globe.” Today, the threat is real, growing, and becoming greater than most anyone imagined, remembers, or has any sure way to contain.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=12518

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