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December 11, 2010

Obama The Negotiator

Filed under: economics — Tags: , , , , , — Walter Ebmeyer @ 8:36 am

President Obama’s recent negotiations with Republican leaders puts us in mind of Neville Chamberlain who, in 1938, returned from Munich assuring us he had established “peace in our time.”   We have to hope we have more time before the collapse than Chamberlain and the British did.  The article by Bob Burnett has more about negotiating with vipers.


  1. I’m sorry to say this but I think the people dissing Obama for going along with the Republicans are wrong. The emails attacking him are all coming from people who have jobs. I don’t feel they would have written those emails if they were unemployed and dependent on unemployment benefits to survive. These same people are the usual ‘bleeding-heart’ liberals who claim to be on the side of the poor and hard-working Middle Class. But they’re not. All they want to do is play political games. They have shown their true colors. They’re just like the Republicans they despise.

    Comment by Rich — December 11, 2010 @ 9:29 am

    • It’s always a risk to criticize from the perspective of not having to live in poverty. The unemployment benefits are critical to millions. But this latest round of “negotiations” was unnecessarily postponed to the last minute. There were so many things Obama could have done to avoid it, not least using the bully pulpit we gave him to lambast the vipers threatening to hold the American people — poor and middle class — hostage to tax cuts for the wealthy. He didn’t. He never used the communication skills he possesses to make it clear to the public what is really going on. I hold him personally responsible for the giveaway. I worked for him because I knew he could “educate” the public, and he has not done that.

      Comment by Jane Dugdale — December 13, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

      • Jane: I agree with you that Obama could have spoken out more directly and forcefully. But I believe doing so would not have made any difference at all. I feel we are in the grip of a Republican/Conservative takeover of our country. I don’t know what it will take to reverse this takeover. I think many of us felt that electing Obama was the way to fight back, but it wasn’t, and I don’t blame Obama for this. I blame us. We have failed to see just how insidious the constant stream of conservative lies really is. I hope we will wake up and fight back before it’s too late.

        Comment by Rich — December 13, 2010 @ 3:53 pm

  2. I think you’re confusing true left progressives like Bernie Sanders with “Blue Dog Democrats” who are Democrats in Name Only. It wasn’t the progressive caucus that voted against continuing unemployment help. And it isn’t the progressives who are setting the trap for Social Security.

    Comment by ebmeyer6w — December 12, 2010 @ 6:20 am

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