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Good morning friends.... last night I watched a clip of President Obama explaining to a group of college students the reality of compromise, the political reality of "reaching out" to the other side.

TRUTH BE TOLD, I felt this little chat was directed at disappointed Progressives and Liberals like me.  People who are disappointed in Mr. Obama, people who expected more.

I have lived two thirds of a century, I was a teacher, I am a dad, a grandpa, a former union leader, a past organization president, a former business executive and a husband for two thirds of a century.  I KNOW PEOPLE NEED TO COMPROMISE... Everyone with a functioning  brain knows politicians need to compromise.

Obamapologists tell us the President accomplishes as much as possible, ad nauseum. I recognize that Obama's legislative success  is surely limited by a bunch of Republicans doing the biding of monied lobbyists and head-up -their ass tea party followers.  Yes, he has an opposition, yes, he has to compromise, and he cannot always succeed,  but NO, he can do more.

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Some "CAN DO's" that are presently NO DO's:

When they come up for renewal, veto the tax cuts for the wealthy ... that was a unfathomable missed "can do"

Educate  EDUCATE, and EDUCATE, the voters about the constant obstruction tactics by the disloyal opposition, only liberals like me watch MSNBC.

Tell the people that the Republicans rarely allow "an up and down vote" inform the American people of the Republican record setting filibuster percentage

You have the pulpit... use it.

Tell the people who Grover Norquist is, and reveal the pledge that most Republicans have signed.

Have the balls to go after the people who got us into the Iraq War which filled over 4000 flag draped coffins..

You got em' use 'em

Have the balls to go after the Wall Street manipultaors whose mortgage shananigans caused much of our economic woe.

Have the balls to prosecute the torturers who damaged our international image.

CAN THE PRESIDENT put a few people in jail?  Maybe, maybe not, but he CAN DO the right thing.  Success is not always being successful .... success is the road one chooses to travel toward success.

Our President CAN open his mouth and inform the American Voter, he did it when he campaigned!

I invite readers to list Can Do's for Mr. Obama.

Come on Pres



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  1. Matt,

    I am surprised we are both agreeing on a few criticisms of my favorite politician (no sarcasm there). Yes, there is no reason Obama shouldn’t have pursued prosecutions of the Bush administration & CIA for torture. Not a single Wall Street Banker has been charged in connection with the mortgage securities fraud? Pathetic. No charges for cooking the intelligence on Iraq war. Similarly pathetic.

    At first, I believed Obama wasn’t pursuing torture charges in the interest of future bipartisan cooperation. I can be forgiven for believing that was a possibility, but Obama is a professional and cannot. Bipartisan cooperation based on feelings of good will are impossible with the current state of affairs.

    Finally, I can’t say whether extending the tax cuts for the upper 2% was the right thing to do. I don’t know whether the Republicans or the Dems would have taken the blame if the tax cuts for the middle class weren’t extended. We need polls for that.

  2. Wow we agree on just about everything… fabulous, as for the tax cuts being extended, the idea was to not extend and then reimplement them of those earning less than 250M taxable income… either way I think it is slippery slope to make ethical major decisions based on polling, sometimes doing the unpopular is the role of a leader… thanks for the comment

  3. Whoa! . . . I should clarify what I mean by:

    “I can’t say whether extending the tax cuts for the upper 2% was the right thing to do.”

    On a policy level, OF COURSE I favor increasing tax rates on the upper 2%. What I meant to say is I’m not sure if it was the right move POLITICALLY to extend the tax breaks for the wealthy as well because if Obama refused to compromise and let the tax breaks expire on the middle class and wealthy, I’m not whether Obama or the Republicans would suffer the most blame, and we would need polls to determine that (or reference the ones that I’m sure were already completed). If polls showed the Republicans would garner the majority of the issue, then I would want Obama to strongly consider holding his ground especially if close to a congressional election. (I can’t remember the timing).

    • I figured you would be in favor of raising taxes on people earning over 250K a year…. after al, l you are sane… as I recall Obama gave in to extending the tax cuts because the GOP threatened to refuse to sign the nuclear arms treaty and extend unemployment benefits… so he gives in amd now the Republicans have control ot the House and know they raise the threat to a new level (refusing to raise the debt limit)…. I just believe if someone bullies you into doing something once and you roll over even for a good reason you are ripe for bullying again…. and so it goes…. and so it goes….Last thought, the Republicans KNOW that 80% or so of our citizens favor rescinding tax cuts on the wealthy and they just disregard the polls and figure they can deal with it by running disinformation ads paid for by the Koch Bros and the US Chamber of Commerce… I hear they are going to spend 3 million on defending one STATE Legislative seat in WI…. I guess they figure with enough money they can get the gullible to continue to vote against their own interests.

  4. “garner the majority of the issue” = “garner the majority of the blame.”

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