10 August 2011

Political Advice for the President

I hate when the press pitches underhand. I cam across this story at The New York Times; it leads with this sentence:

"It was a year and a half ago when President Obama told Diane Sawyer of ABC News in an interview that he would rather be a good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president."

Clearly this does not exhaust the options. Obama seems to me to be working very hard at being a mediocre one-term president.

And most of the sage advice referred to in this report recommends that he become even more mediocre by embracing right-wing priorities - cutting deficits, scaling back social security, etc. - more thoroughly. That way leads to the label "LOSER" in 2012. The single biggest thing Obama could do to simultaneously attack the budget and insure re-election is commit now to insuring that the BushCo tax cuts expire for everyone. that would make huge chunks of the deficit simply disappear. And it might persuade lots of folks at the bottom of the wealth/income distribution to think he is worth voting for. Fat chance!



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