Ted Rall for October 22, 2010

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    comYics  over 13 years ago

    Maybe Obama could have served as a campaign manager instead of a pres. Getting people excited for one that could deliver.

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    edmondd  over 13 years ago

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImOsg1quVZQ&feature=player_embedded

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    Charles Brobst Premium Member over 13 years ago

    We needed FDR and got Carter. Get to work cracking heads, Mr. President!

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    masnich2  over 13 years ago

    Why is so difficult for some folks to be helpful? It is stupid to be snide and insulting in these serious times.

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    eepatte  over 13 years ago

    Obama has disappointed me many times, but you should look at what he has accomplished against overwhelming republican obstruction. His health care program is still a vast improvement for millions, the FDA is working again, the Environmental Protection Agency is not only working again, but has stopped losing its best professionals, and we are getting a long overdue consumer protection agency.

    He has been furiously shoveling poop out of the stable that he inherited from Bushco with Orange Boner, Uncle Mitch, and company standing on his back. It’s better, but he ain’t done yet.

    Oh yeah. I’d bet that you didn’t realize that you already got a tax break, too.

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    SaltWaterCroc  over 13 years ago

    For those that have spent too much time listening to Fox, try this for a change: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/17390/220013?RSshowpage=1 I know it’s a long read, but it is a good one.

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    Motivemagus  over 13 years ago

    I tended to agree with Tigger (for a change), but I also think eepatte makes an excellent point. Obama may be poorest at making political hay about his many promises kept. PolitiFact.com counted Obama’s campaign promises, and got a list of 503, which they are now tracking. Of that number, 122 have been kept, 236 are “in the works,” on 41 he compromised, and he has outright broken only 22. Thus, he’s made progress or kept 79% of his promises in his first two years and broken only 4%. You can argue about the relative weighting of different items, of course – I think #30 and #71 are more important than some others, and #518 is overwhelmingly important – but that’s still a remarkable record. I wish someone would go back and see if they can do the same retrospectively for the last few presidents. http://politifact.com/truth-o-meter/promises/

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    Jaedabee Premium Member over 13 years ago

    Hah. I was entertained. He can’t even use his mouth to protect our troops.

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    Josephus79  over 13 years ago

    Being snide and sneering, laughter, is the only thing that keeps one from committing suicide in these so-called ‘serious’ times. The Chinese are right, at least they are ‘interesting’ times.

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    yohannbiimu  over 13 years ago

    For all of the times Rall gets it wrong, he’s nailed this one perfectly, except rather than a mindless piece of chattering teeth, I’d prefer that he be compared to a sock puppet, with any of a number of arms thrust up his backside, and controlling his every word and action.

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    Dtroutma  over 13 years ago

    The Rolling Stone article is actually quite good on displaying both some frustration with Obama’s work so far, but pointing to how much HAS BEEN ACCOMPLISHED, despite total and complete opposition on EVERYTHING by Republicans. They even complain about what THEY wrote into the “Health Care Bill”, which is NOT “Obamacare”, by any means as there is no “single payer”.

    I’ve wanted MORE not less as well, so I guess that makes me one of those who are “dissatisfied” with Obama, like get us out of ALL the countries we’re trying to run or overthrow.

    I also think “single payer” makes sense, as dealing with both VA and Medicare has shown that despite occasional “problems”, both are FAR better than any “private” plan, and better than almost any group plans.

    I’m also reminded that Bush ran as a “peace candidate” who promised he would KEEP US OUT OF WAR!! Yes, little right-wingers, how did he do on that? Or for that matter, doubling the national debt in his 8 years was an improvement over Reagan and his daddy QUADRUPLING THE NATIONAL DEBT- but hey, “spend and borrow while eliminating your income (taxes on the rich)” is a really viable economic policy- but it DOES go with shipping all our manufacturing and jobs overseas.

    Obama’s people are now starting to actually enforce some regulations, and the corporate “Capones” are calling for a St. Valentines day massacre– maybe their real motives, and candidates should be looked at in the next 11 days??

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    SABRSteve  over 13 years ago

    Obama and his mouth continue to divide us.

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    VegaAlopex  over 13 years ago

    I think Obama has frustrated me even more than Jimmy Carter. After all, Carter never made as many promises, especially ones of major change. I long for Lyndon Johnson to get bills through the Senate.

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    Lavocat  over 13 years ago

    I was thinking his “true basic form” was fake vomit (sadly, even real vomit wouldn’t suffice).

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    edmondd  over 13 years ago

    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/tv/2010/10/21/bill-maher-backs-off-obama-criticism/

    Bill Maher on Obama:

    “It’s an election season, so my take is: I’m all behind him again. When the president is in office, he is fair game for everybody. I don’t carry water for any administration. And I think I was the first one from the left (in the media) to criticize him, and say, “I’m not sure he’s living up to what we voted for.” But now it’s voting time. We only get two choices in this country. And so people have to man up and understand that there is a big difference between a disappointing friend –if he’s that — and a deadly enemy”

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    MiepR  over 13 years ago

    Rather agree with yohannbiimu, crude though the comment was.

    Citizens United was kind of the nail in the coffin on that one.

    Perhaps Garry Trudeau could mine this thread for thoughts about an Obama icon.

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    SABRSteve  over 13 years ago

    I ‘m guessing I’m the deadly enemy according to Bill Maher, or maybe one of those religious fanatics who have all the answers for the rest of us?

    Anyway, it is not in my best interest for Obama to fail, which any clear thinking soul out there can see is well on his way.

    Bill Maher called him a lunatic the other day, since the Prez is a believer, although the great divider of our times would feel very uncomfortable in my church.

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    edmondd  over 13 years ago

    Here are some of the deadly enemy, metaphorically speaking.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImOsg1quVZQ&feature=player_embedded

    though maybe literally so, seeing how in the long term, letting a conservative hold of the nation become widespread–due to the apathy, lethargy, cynicism, and foolishness of the disenchanted–this will bring great and unfortunate repercussions for too long a time.

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    SABRSteve  over 13 years ago

    edmondd, what’s worse is that liberals like you are voting. Deadly enemies indeed.

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    mattro65  over 13 years ago

    Conservatives and moderates have dominated national politics since 1/81, and the country has basically gone to poopy because of it. It’s obviously long overdue for the liberals to have their chance to run things. They can’t possibly screw it up any worse.

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    sirrom567  over 13 years ago

    This country is too big to be effectively governed by partisans of any one political philosophy. The Civil War was a mistake. Each region would be better off and happier if it could govern itself. Otherwise, we need to go to the other extreme and institute a planetary government, ruled by scientists, with religion, language, and ethnicity relegated to museums.

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    Ygrec23  over 13 years ago

    It’s very nice to see a majority of posters of the liberal persuasion here, making excellent points and putting the loser cons in their place. Harry Truman, where are you now that we need you?

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    sirrom567  over 13 years ago

    He’s buried under Mt. St. Helens:

    http://www.seattlepi.com/mountsthelens/hary11.shtml

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    SABRSteve  over 13 years ago

    Ahab, I was only responding to edmondd’s youtube site which said the opposite. Get a life.

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    Josephus79  over 13 years ago

    This reminds me of Trudeau’s Doonesbury…

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