Can Obama Fool Us Twice?

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    In the interest of charitable discourse, let's put aside Lefty anger over keeping Gitmo in operation, signing off and assassinations and torturing Bradley Manning, redefining US troops in Iraq as "support personnel" and reneging on his promise to try 9/11 suspects in legitimate courtrooms.

    Let's charitably label ObamaCare as either a socialized health care deformity that has driven away the Reagan Democrat swing voters of '08 or as a right-wing sell out to corporations and wait for 2014 to start burning Obama in effigy.

    Maybe we can extend our charity to Afghanistan and Libya?

    "'The combination of Afghanistan and Libya could bring a bitter end to the romance between Democratic liberals and Obama,' Steve Chapman writes in Reasonmagazine.

    "'Many of them were already disappointed with him for extending the Bush tax cuts, bailing out Wall Street, omitting a public option from the healthcare overhaul, offering to freeze domestic discretionary spending, and generally declining to go after Republicans hammer and tong.'"

    But that still leaves the economy:

    "Everyone--left, middle and right--is furious about his Herbert Hoover-like lack of concern over the economy.

    "While the multimillionaire president blithely talks about a recovery as he heads off to golf with his wealthy friends, unemployment is rising and becoming structural.

    "Obama will surely pay for the disconnect between reality (no jobs, shrinking paychecks, hidden inflation) and the rosy rhetoric coming out of the White House and U.S. state media."

    Or will he?

    Fool Us Twice? Can Obama Get Reelected? | Common Dreams
     
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    this is amerika, of course he can....
     
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    depends on the economy
     
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    He didn't fool me even once.
     
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    Nope.. he hasn't fooled me once.
     
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    Would you say it's accurate to label Obama as a Democrat on the little stuff (held first Seder in White House?) and a right-wing Republican when it comes to War and Wall Street?
     
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    I think that we shouldn't underestimate the way the main-stream media went to bat for Obama during the last election. I do not think that they are prepared to let the first black President be a one-term president...I think that they will circle the wagons for him and, whether he deserves another term or not, whoever runs against President Obama is in for one helluva tough fight.
     
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    Here's a CommonDreams post quoting a Financial Times claim that there are currently more people living in poverty in the US than at any time in the last 50 years.

    "Foreclosure filings were nearly 4 million in 2010, up 23 percent since 2008 according to Realty Trac."

    If the economy in the fall of 2012 is where it was in 2008, Obama should be the first of hundreds of elected Democrats AND Republicans in DC to collect a pink slip.
     
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    Noam Chomsky and Alexander Cockburn were two lefties who were never fooled by Obama. Others like Chris Hedges and Robert Scheer voted for Obama in 2008 but aren't likely to make that same mistake again.

    "'We've always known that lasting change wouldn't come quickly or easily,' began Obama's official campaign announcement.

    "'Always known'?

    "Remember those Soviet-style 'Hope' and 'Change' posters from '08, presenting the skinny Columbia grad as a postmodern Messiah for a nation ravaged by eight years of Bush?

    "Just guessing, but somehow I doubt Obama's propaganda would have gone over as easily with the caption 'Change That Won't Come Quickly or Easily.'

    "'It begins with us,' will apparently be one of the slogans for Obama-Biden 2012.

    "That's the problem Obama faces next year.

    "In 2008 he told us it was going to begin with him."

    Fool Us Twice? Can Obama Get Reelected? | Common Dreams
     
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    Commodoties, precious metals, oil, inflation are all heading north in a hurry. 2008 may look like good times in 2012 as sad as that sounds.
     

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