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

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Excerpt from piece by Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington 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]


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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:11 AM

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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Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …) | TechCrunch

Why Startups Need to Blog (and what to talk about …) | TechCrunch | Political Discourse | Scoop.it

Ever wonder why you should blog?  Ever wonder what to blog about?  How do you use a blog effectively?  How do people find out about your blog?  All this and more is covered in this post by Mark Suster.  


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The 3rd Reconstruction - Story of America

Story of America is the latest project from Coffee Party founders Annabel Park & Eric Byler.


The Coffee Party is crowd-funded and we're proud of it! By having thousands of small donors instead of 1 or 2 of mega-donors, we are free to follow the truth wherever it leads us. 

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:38 AM

All I can say is this is a great work so far.

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Finally, Conservatives Are Telling The GOP The Hard Truth About The Debt Ceiling That They've Needed To Hear All Along

Finally, Conservatives Are Telling The GOP The Hard Truth About The Debt Ceiling That They've Needed To Hear All Along | Political Discourse | Scoop.it

by JOE WEISENTHAL (Business Insider)

 

Hopefully, this is a good sign.
 

Two influential conservative columnists are giving the GOP some good advice on the debt ceiling.

 

And that advice is this: Give it up, stop risking disaster, stop trying to change the US fiscal situation with just one house of Congress, and try to actually pass positive legislation and win some elections.

 

Philip Klein at The Washington Examiner called it "Maneuver X":

The main character in the 1994 film "Barcelona" describes a sales technique he calls "Maneuver X." When facing reluctance on the part of the buyer, he says, a salesman should step back and remove all pressure to change the dynamic of the situation.


In practice that would mean:


Consider, then, "Maneuver X." As modified to fit the current political environment, it would mean that Republicans remove all pressure. They should give Obama his debt limit increases without preconditions, and they shouldn't allow any government shutdowns.
 

Meanwhile, Republicans should use their majority in the House to pass bills that actually do address the nation's problems -- its economic stagnation, rising energy and health care costs, mounting debt and so on. At the same time, they can keep blocking major new expansions of government.


Now in a column up at The Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer basically says the same thing, that the GOP should give it up. The title of his note is: A new strategy for the GOP. He basically advocates the same thing, and says:


Want to save the Republic? Win the next election. Don’t immolate yourself trying to save liberalism from itself. If your conservative philosophy is indeed right, winning will come. As Margaret Thatcher said serenely of the Labor Party socialists she later overthrew: “They always run out of other people’s money.”

 

Will the GOP listen to this advice?


In order for them to do so, they have to be convinced, as Krauthammer implies, that by stepping back and giving Obama what he wants, that they're somehow letting liberals hoist themselves by their own petard, and that it will become obvious that Obama is establishing a record of failure that will make him look bad.


The bigger point is that a growing number of folks are calling on the GOP to stop the kamikaze mission.


This reduces the odds that we're going to trip the wire. [MORE]

 


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Noneaya Biddnes's comment, January 19, 2013 6:43 AM
That is just bad advice...The Only reason we are in this mess with the phony Cliffs is because Harry Reid and the Senate have for Four years refused to pass a Budget or allow Regular Order in the Senate. If Harry Reid and the Progressives had done their job, we would not be in this mess at all. The First Rule of Holes; Stop Digging. We do not have a revenue problem, We have a Spending problem. Keynes is dead, and we can never Spend our way out of this mess.
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U.S. citizens detained by U.S. military? ... in America?

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Join us for Speaking of America with Don Manning
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Or call to listen and join the fun 646-929-2495


The National Defense Authorization Act makes it legal for the US Military to indefinitely detain US Citizens. Is the alarm justified?

 

The vague language of sections 1021 & 1022 in the NDAA state that anyone may be detained indefinitely without trial until the end of hostilities under the law of war.

 

The NDAA is yet another bill passed in the name of National Security which violates our Constitutional rights. The ACLU, Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Amnesty International, the National Lawyers Guild, journalist Chris Hedges, Noam Chomsky, Cornel West and many others all stand opposed to the NDAA.


Our guest tonight is leading the charge at the grassroots level. Daniel Johnson of P.A.N.D.A. shares with us what he and his supporters are trying to do to bring awareness to the NDAA and what it could mean to all of us. His group is working with the Tea Party on a joint march on Aug. 11 in Indianapolis.


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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. | Political Discourse | Scoop.it

Excerpt from piece by Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington 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]


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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:11 AM

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

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

Obama’s daring liberal agenda is neither daring nor liberal. Discuss. | Political Discourse | Scoop.it

Excerpt from piece by Zachary A. Goldfarb, Washington 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]


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

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Coffee Party USA's curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:11 AM

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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Annabel's Mom Backs Obama, Calls for Unity, Calls Out Republicans in Congress

Plain-spoken and wise, Annabel's mom explains in Korean why she supports President Obama and why she doesn't get Republicans.


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Michael Stafford: Why I gave up on being a Republican

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LISTEN to Michael Stafford's first radio interview since publishing the piece below.

 

by MICHAEL STAFFORD, Cagle Post

 

I'm a life-long Republican. My political affiliation has been woven intrinsically into the very fabric of my being.

 

My first political act was passionately lobbying my fourth-grade classmates to vote for Reagan over Walter Mondale in a mock election in 1984. As an adult, I continued to be a rock-solid Republican- I helped run my law school's chapter of the Federalist Society and its Republican club. And after the election of President Obama in 2008, I served as an officer in my state Republican Party. For the next two years, I devoted substantial amounts of my time, my talent, and my treasure to supporting local candidates running for office and to building the Party organization.

 

Today, however, I am a registered Republican no longer.

 

I came to the decision to leave the GOP not with a heavy heart, but with a broken one.

 

As a local GOP official after President Obama's election, I had a front-row seat as it became infected by a dangerous and virulent form of political rabies.

 

In the grip of this contagion, the Republican Party has come unhinged. Its fevered hallucinations involve threats from imaginary communists and socialists who, seemingly, lurk around every corner. Climate change- a reality recognized by every single significant scientific body and academy in the world- is a liberal conspiracy conjured up by Al Gore and other leftists who want to destroy America. Large numbers of Republicans- the notorious birthers- believe that the President was not born in the United States. Even worse, few figures in the GOP have the courage to confront them.

 

Republican economic policies are also indefensible. The GOP constantly claims its opponents are engaged in "class warfare," but this is an exercise in projection. In Republican proposals, the wealthy win, and the rest of us lose- one only has to look at Rep. Paul Ryan's budget to see that.

 

As Thomas E. Mann and Norman J. Ornstein have written, "the Republican Party, has become an insurgent outlier—ideologically extreme; contemptuous of the inherited social and economic policy regime; scornful of compromise; unpersuaded by conventional understanding of facts, evidence, and science; and dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition." Its reckless behavior helps drive the political dysfunction crippling our nation.

 

In the end, it offers a dystopian vision of our future- a harsher, crueler and more merciless America starkly divided between the riders, and the ridden.

 

From the moment the Tea Party emerged on the scene, I had a premonition that I would eventually have to leave the GOP. [MORE]


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