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Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss.

Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss. | Coffee Party News | Scoop.it

Excerpt from piece by Zachary A. GoldfarbWashington Post
 

Opinion polls show that on almost all of the major positions Obama espoused in his speech — entitlements, immigration, climate change and same-sex marriage — a majority of Americans agree with him.

By that measure, Obama did not advance a liberal agenda. A consequential one, certainly, but one that reflects centrist views or center-left ones at most. The agenda seems liberal only when judged against the liberal-conservative divide we’re used to in Washington.

Over the past four years, politics in the nation’s capital has been consumed by the fight between the president and tea party Republicans.

But because Obama is far closer to the center than the tea party is, what counts as middle ground in Washington is more conservative than the political center nationwide. In this setting, even centrist proposals face mighty legislative hurdles.


Beyond the capital’s divisions, citizens across the country resist the “liberal” label — even though polls showthat they tend to hold liberal positions on individual issues. Political scientists call this “symbolic” vs. “operational” ideology.


According to one poll, 74 percent of Americans support regulating greenhouse gas emissions to combat climate change. According to another, 68 percent oppose cutting spending on Medicaid, the public health insurance program for the poor. And other polls show that more than half of Americans favor a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, a vast majority opposecuts in education or transportation funding, and a slim majority support same-sex marriage. [MORE]

Coffee Party USA's insight:

We're no longer a "center right nation." But is our national conversation framed by what the People think, or by what politicians, pundits, and lobbyists tell us we think? In the age of social media, how much longer will we allow them to tell us what we think? —Eric Byler

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Niccolo Casewit's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:44 AM

We should not confuse the media with the people's opinion.

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FBI Lab Overstated Hair Analysis Evidence For Decades: Report - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem! - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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The Latest Big-City School Testing Scandal Exposes Everything That's Wrong with the Standardized Approach

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It's not surprising that educators would cheat in order to meet goals that are impossible to achieve.
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Fairport opt-out rate at 56 percent

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More than half of Fairport students in grades 3-8 will refuse the state math and English language arts exams the next two weeks, Interim Superintendent Bill Cala said Friday.
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Opinion: PARCC Is Part of the Problem, Not Part of the Answer for NJ Schools - NJ Spotlight

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Complex online tests can’t address chronic school underfunding, segregation, and poverty
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Finally, some movement on NCLB with Nebraska in the discussion : Lincoln, NE Journal Star

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On the heels of Nebraska’s application for a waiver from No Child Left Behind requirements, U.S. senators this week took what could be a first real step toward revising the
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Colorado testing opt-out bill wins final Senate approval

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Senate Bill 223, on testing opt-outs, would prohibit penalties against students, teachers, principals, schools and districts if opt-outs drive down partic
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Education, Education, Education! Wake Up America We Have a Problem!

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Smart Options & Common Core. A replay of my discussion with Victoria Young, author of Education's Missing Ingredient: What Parents Can Tell Educators (2009) and, The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present (2012). Victoria has exposed the truths about this country's education debacle as well as any person I have come across. Her honesty is absolute and her research transparent and revealing. Her activism is tireless. We cover the FACTS about Testing and also Common Core and the condition o
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Christie Argues About Pensions with Teacher's Husband at Town Hall Meeting - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Investigations of California Group Homes Marked By Delays and Uncertainty - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Test Refusal Justified - The Crucial Voice of the People

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"Next generation" tests aren't your old garden-variety standardized tests. Denied information, the public can't understand how test refusals are justified.
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Torture victims to get $5.5 million from Chicago police

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The city of Chicago says it will pay $5.5 million to compensate victims who were tortured by law enforcement under the administration of a former top cop.
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Obama Drops Cuba from Terror List, Readies for Showdown with Congress - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Ignoring the Terror from Within - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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Some parents choose to opt out of state's Common Core testing

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Main Line district sits for PSSAs with 20x increase in opt-outs — NewsWorks

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Parents in some suburban Philadelphia school districts are opting out of standardized tests in previously unseen numbers One test the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments PSSA started Monday
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Questions of Bias Are Raised About a Teachers’ Exam in New York

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Black and Hispanic teaching candidates have been passing an exam at lower rates than white applicants, prompting concerns of decreased diversity among teachers.
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School counselors speak out about standardized testing

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Administering standardized tests is a part of a school counselor’s job description. But several Taos counselors say the volume of testing has forced them to give up their primary jobs — addressing the ever-changing emotional, social and behavioral needs of students.
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Parent leaders ask state to put M-STEP assessments on hold for this year

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The Michigan Parent-Teacher Association has joined Clarkston PTA Council in an appeal to the state for the “immediate cessation of the M-STEP assessments” that are scheduled to start April 13 for the first group of children in third thr
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Why the Senate’s proposed No Child Left Behind rewrite doesn’t go far enough

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Here's what the proposed bill does -- and doesn't do.
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Gov. Rick Scott Sues Over Health Care Money, Medicaid expansion - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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US Fails to Stem Flow of Illegal Firearms to Mexico - I Take LIBERTY With My Coffee

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NSA Review Committee Finds 'No Significant Value' in Mass Phone Surveillance

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