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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Change You May or May Not Believe In

President Barack Obama delivers a statement to the press following his meeting with bipartisan Congressional leadership in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, November 30, 2010. UPI/Olivier Douliery/Pool Photo via Newscom

Paul Krugman in the New York Times:
If Democrats give in to the blackmailers now, they’ll just face more demands in the future. As long as Republicans believe that Mr. Obama will do anything to avoid short-term pain, they’ll have every incentive to keep taking hostages. If the president will endanger America’s fiscal future to avoid a tax increase, what will he give to avoid a government shutdown?

So Mr. Obama should draw a line in the sand, right here, right now. If Republicans hold out, and taxes go up, he should tell the nation the truth, and denounce the blackmail attempt for what it is. Yes, letting taxes go up would be politically risky. But giving in would be risky, too — especially for a president whom voters are starting to write off as a man too timid to take a stand. Now is the time for him to prove them wrong.
Frank Rich in the New York Times:
The cliché criticisms of Obama are (from the left) that he is a naïve centrist, not the audacious liberal that Democrats thought they were getting, and (from the right) that he is a socialist out to impose government on every corner of American life. But the real problem is that he’s so indistinct no one across the entire political spectrum knows who he is. A chief executive who repeatedly presents himself as a conciliator, forever searching for the “good side” of all adversaries and convening summits, in the end comes across as weightless, if not AWOL. A Rorschach test may make for a fine presidential candidate — when everyone projects their hopes on the guy. But it doesn’t work in the Oval Office: These days everyone is projecting their fears on Obama instead.
Andrew Sullivan disagrees:

"Non-argumentative reasonableness" so far has prevented a second great depression, rescued Detroit, bailed out the banks, pitlessly isolated Tehran's regime, exposed Netanyahu, decimated al Qaeda's mid-level leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan, withdrawn troops from Iraq on schedule, gotten two Justices on the Supreme Court, cut a point or two off the unemployment rate with the stimulus, seen real wages for those employed grow, presided over a stock market boom and record corporate profits, and maneuvered a GOP still intoxicated with failed ideology to become more and more wedded to white, old evangelicals led by Sarah Palin. And did I mention universal health insurance - the holy grail for Democrats for decades?
What do you say, guys?

What I Say:  The reason I supported Hillary all through the primaries was that she was the most experienced candidate:  she had been at the center of power, she knew the ropes, she knew the other side face to face.  Government doesn't operate on high-minded principles; it's a give-and-take web of personal relationships - sometimes hardball, sometimes cutthroat - like every other major entity in life.
Every few years at election time, people get their hopes up that some outsider with no connections and no influence and no relationships among the power brokers and wheeler-dealers will come into the Oval Office and "clean up the mess in Washington" - but it just doesn't work that way, and that's reality.
Meanwhile, all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.


Stan said...

Americans deserve what's coming to them in the not so distant future. To those of you who think your living in a democracy I've got a bridge for sale.

Russ Manley said...

Yes, democracy can be dispensed with very easily when the fascists take control.

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