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Wupta
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02:00 PM on 11/04/2010
Weak very weak in fact lame. He's time is limited I don't see a second term and I voted for him first time around. He just loves to listen to himself. All words no action. No cojones.
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Desert Guy
01:37 PM on 11/04/2010
Obama asks now for civility, right after he played race with "Republicans have to go to the back of the bus" and of course, the really scary, "Enemies" label he applied to all that disagreed with him. Can't have it both ways POTUS
Genders
Love, Tolerance, Enlightenment
01:07 PM on 11/04/2010
Nothing good will pass congress. So let the tax cut expire. The dems should continuously put up campaign financing reform bills, very loudly and publicly and let the GOP keep defending big money. What can the president do on his own? He can end the wars. I suppose he could direct the military to install green upgrades on all military facilities. He could end DADT, he could do a lot of stuff, just look at all the stuff Bush did with signing orders.
12:52 PM on 11/04/2010
Does Obama even have any self-respect? For the first time, I am questioning his mental acuity. His contant appeasments to Repubs who want nothing more than his demise (political but who knows) makes me think Obama has a big thing for self-flagellation.
12:35 PM on 11/04/2010
It's time to defund Obamacare.
12:36 PM on 11/04/2010
That's the first thing the Republicans need to do.
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getsit
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12:27 PM on 11/04/2010
He's tried for 2 YEARS. How many time does someone need to be hit on the head before they find another, more productive way to do things.

The Republicans aren't civil. The Republicans want Obama out even if it means bringing down the country. The Republicans are traitors, betraying the people of American. They don't represent tea partiers, Republicans or any other voter in America. They represent big corp and the richest 2% only.
12:34 PM on 11/04/2010
Obama has already brought this country down.
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getsit
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03:11 PM on 11/04/2010
No, Bush did. Obama just isn't forceful enough to get the changes we need. You're ignorant if you think otherwise, because it's a matter of FACT. FACTs are those pesky things you won't get on Faux No News that the ignorant and the lunytoons watch and apparently you.
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searles7
03:53 PM on 11/04/2010
If you call saving 7 million jobs (or more) bringing this country down, then..... yeah!
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rtgmath
There has got to be a better way!
12:25 PM on 11/04/2010
The trick is how to get things done, assure the Republicans think they are being listened to, and still advance a progressive agenda.

The Executive Branch is a vast regulatory complex. It oversees health and safety issues for business and industry following the intent of the Constitution to provide for the general welfare of the country.

Unfortunately, the structures of each of these offices is outdated. While attempts are made to keep the regulatory system up to date, the truth is that they often are concerned with decades-old technology and forms of regulation applicable 20 years ago but not today.

The crying need is to have independent teams of industry professionals and critics examine the structure of a regulatory agency against the industry it regulates. How might things work better?

Perhaps, in the spirit of the Quality Enchancement Initiatives and Rand Paul who said that industry itself knows what regulations it needs, that the rules need to scrapped in favor of a general, overall "write your own safety protocols" but then "prove to the federal government that you are operating safely in the following areas ..." approach. Failure to demonstrate adequate data collection, analysis, identification of problems, and how the problems were solved would make companies liable for fines or shutdowns until they rectified the situation.

We might save money by forcing better self-regulation on certain companies instead of merely providing checklists. Companies would have to focus on proof of quality instead of minimal compliance.
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getsit
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12:32 PM on 11/04/2010
Oh, like BP and the other oil industry leaders writing their booklet for response to a spill. All identical with no new cleanup techonology in the last 30 years. Yep, we can trust them.

Like the oil robber barons meeting secretly with Cheney while excluding any other energy representation. Yep, we can trust them.

While the go to the bank with their obscene profits we get robbed. Yep, we can trust them.
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rtgmath
There has got to be a better way!
04:39 PM on 11/04/2010
No, no. Proof, not trust. Trust BP? Trust Massey? Not on anyone's life except their CEOs.

Proof.

The regulatory structure as it exists is extremely awkward, though. Done correctly, there would be a lot more regulation done this way, with possible benefits of a better structure in the long run.
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11:53 AM on 11/04/2010
One can be civil AND resolute. If I was forced to decide on only one for my president for the next two years, I would choose resolute, that is, provided he resolves to stand up for the American people.
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getsit
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12:29 PM on 11/04/2010
Isn't that a Bush word. Try finding another word that doesn't remind me of the president who brought this country down.
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justalurker
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11:34 AM on 11/04/2010
Obama saved us from a second great depression, passed two historic bills that no one else has been able to pass for decades (in spite of major obstructionism), and has passed the most liberal legislation in thirty years. HE KNOWS HOW TO GET THINGS DONE.

Most of the advice on this thread sounds like republican thinking. I reject it.
04:46 PM on 11/04/2010
There is NO way to prove he "saved" us from anything. There are some that feel he has done more harm than good to our economy. Tuesday was the day those people were able to complain. And they did.
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justalurker
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02:57 PM on 11/07/2010
The stock market stopped crashing after tarp ii and the stimulus. Instead of losing 700,000 jobs a month, we now have had 9 consecutive months of private job growth. Not done yet , but going in the right direction.

It's the economic experts that say his actions prevented a second great depression. But let's not listen to experts --pundits are so much more entertaining.
10:44 AM on 11/04/2010
If Obama starts working with Republicans all he does is validate the strategy of obstructionism. Don't let anything useful get done, fund a propaganda media conglomerate to blame it on the incumbant party, and reap the benefits of a completley DISinformed public voting on vague platitudes.

His practical options are try to find a comprise in the name of getting something useful done with a group of peope who will only use that against him to attempt to put their uncomprimising party back in power, or do what they did and cause a complete stall of the American Republic.

Personally I say fight fire with fire. The Republicans have shown repeatedly that they have a vision for this country and they really don't care what you think about it. It makes them rich, gives them power, and you can just go to hell. They know what they want and they don't comprimise. People on this forum seem to have idea of what they want but also always seem willing to find a way to make it all work within the parameters of an uncomprimising opposition and a public that abhors complexity. This should cease immediately. Not one more inch. Draw a line in the sand. You want to shut down the government? Let's do it.
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getsit
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12:36 PM on 11/04/2010
Everything they pass, or have a hand in, gets vetoed. That's what I expect. I expect the tax breaks to run out for everyone. Then fight it out in public how the Republicans are fiscally irresponsible to even want the tax breaks for the rich and how the Republicans allowed the taxes to be raised on the middleclass.
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searles7
04:00 PM on 11/04/2010
Now this is the most cunning and underhanded thing I have read yet and it makes infinite sense. Because this strategy would serve to severely reduce the deficit while making the repubs look really bad. But if the Dem don't grow some horns, they will still be made to look like villains by the real villains.
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Jahsmah
Freelance writer, MAT student, mom, and wife
10:39 AM on 11/04/2010
POTUS, it's not going to happen! This is what you are dealing with:

GOP: I love air.

POTUS: me too, air is great; especially for breathing.

GOP: my opponent expects us to believe in his socialist Marxist plot to accept government funded air! And to BREATHE said air no less. The American people are not stupid. This liberal plot will not succeed. We will not compromise. I move to filibuster breathing air. We shall hold our breath until we take back the America we know and love!

POTUS: I still believe we can reach a compromise.

SMH
10:32 AM on 11/04/2010
The reason for the landslide is that THE PEOPLE are hopefully smarting up and realizing that the promises Obama made are hogwash.They are realizing that if we don't step up and voice our words then we are partly the ones to blame for the nation going under. Of course, there should always be a common ground between sides; but compromise does not mean to only compromise on YOUR [Obama's] own terms. If he made even the slighest bit of commitment for THE PEOPLE as he does for his own agenda perhaps the nation would go down a more brighter future. I saw a frightened glint in his eye as the votes came pouring in and the Republicans had more of a hold than he initially projected. 'Incoming House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declared that compromise with the White House will only come if Obama changes course' --- I truly feel this sentence says it all and only the future will tell.
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Workineh Abraham
Keepin' it real
10:25 AM on 11/04/2010
Obama needs to grow some balls like Bush and stick to his principles and not be apologetic, yesterday's press conference was embarrassing for any grown man much less a President of the US.
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Randolph Greer
I am a Poet .
10:10 AM on 11/04/2010
Russ Feingold for President . Start you campaign right now my friend . As a Green , you are the only Democrat I would ever support . You are an independent and creative thinker . You care about people enough to fight for them . And now you have all the time in the world to run a great campaign . The greatest Senator can now become our greatest President . What a blessing that he lost in Wisconsin . Their loss is America's gain . The only politician with no corporate stain .
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Hwrd Sprague
10:09 AM on 11/04/2010
We're fellow Americans . . NOT the enemy !!
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10:45 AM on 11/04/2010
if you're conservative, you're the enemy..and you have the track record to prove it...