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August 11, 2011

Democrats Want Obama To Be "Bolder" On The Economy Or Some Such Shit

Little interesting things in here.

“The president has shown himself unwilling to just dig in on a position,” said Dee Dee Myers, who was Bill Clinton’s White House press secretary. “He’s for jobs. I’ve heard him say that. He’s for being the grown-up in the room. But beyond that, I’m not actually sure what his bottom line is.”

Again, a case of liberals demanding Obama take a harder negotiating stance while simultaneously demanding conservatives take a weaker one.


Obama compromised. Isn't that what you said you wanted?

Oh, of course, you were lying. You wanted us to just give Obama everything he wanted.

Added Neera Tanden, a former Obama and Clinton administration official who is now chief operating officer at the liberal Center for American Progress: “He can take his ideas to the Republicans and use the House Republicans’ intransigence on his ideas as a foil. And by having a fight on jobs, he will communicate to the American people that he understands their challenges and he’s on their side.”

Peter Fenn, a longtime Democratic strategist, said the even-keeled president has “got to be a lot less keep-it-cool Calvin Coolidge and a lot more give-’em-hell Harry Truman.”

“There has got to be a willingness to get tough with the Republicans, especially the tea party wing,” Fenn said.

More of the same. The first woman wants Obama to engage in pure political theater with no actual end goal of doing anything about jobs or the economy; she just wants Obama to gain politically from a fight resulting in nothing.

The other two want Obama to get "tough."

Like it was demanded the Tea Party must not be.

Sorry, I mean much not be.

I'm reminded of Gandhi: "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." He might have added "then they emulate you" before the "winning" part.

This is what really pisses me off:

One reason the White House may not want to shift gears now is that doing so would “tacitly acknowledge that his first-term program didn’t deliver the prosperity his economic team promised,” said Robert J. Shapiro, who was the top economic adviser to Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign. “The truth is, everybody in the country thinks it failed. It worked to rescue us from a depression, but it didn’t work to create a strong recovery.”

Shapiro argued that Obama should, among other moves, call for cutting the employer-paid side of the payroll tax in half and propose a temporary loan program for homeowners with troubled mortgages.

A payroll tax holiday?

Why didn't I and/or lots of other people think of that?

But of course Obama couldn't do that because he couldn't give "tax breaks to business" even if a payroll tax holiday would have spurred businesses to hire millions of workers.

I'm still in favor of this... as long as the money for it is cut from other programs.

Barack Obama as Gandhi: old/dirty/b_tard offers an update for Barry O:

"First you win, then they fight you, then they laugh at you, then they ignore you, then you lose".

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