• Denning commented on the blog post Early Morning Swim

    2011-08-15 07:39:39View | Delete

    Obama needs to stop constantly playing towards the so-called “center” and move the center towards him. That means getting out there and telling the truth about what’s going on in this country without pulling any punches. It’s high time to show some bravery and conviction – assuming he has any.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Sunday Late Night: “XIV/4 or Bust!”

    2011-07-31 20:31:22View | Delete

    If he had any sense he would be pushing for this behind the scenes. IF

  • Denning commented on the diary post My Work Here Is Done! by marymccurnin.

    2011-07-31 19:18:21View | Delete

    Excellent!! Let’s go fly our kites.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted For Yesterday

    2011-07-31 19:10:49View | Delete

    The current panic over the debt issue is, in large part, really about pensions. You know – those things the financial “industry” promised everyone with a 401K so that they could live out their golden years with no worries. (And if you didn’t do that you would end up with cat food.) The national debt supports those promises and in the event of collapse, the pension funds will be hit big time. So it’s ironic that in order to secure repayment of the debt, the government plans a raid on the only other source of retirement income, social security. The private system didn’t work, so let’s raid the public system that did work – and then say it didn’t.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted For Yesterday

    2011-07-31 18:45:39View | Delete

    I think you’re right. It seems like Obama has sealed his fate, as well as ours. There will be at least one third party candidate and the middle vote that he’s always shooting for will be diluted. Any idiot the republicans choose will then become electable by their unwavering base. Also, no good news on the economic horizon spells defeat by itself. When the republicans are back in control they’ll dismantle the seriously flawed health care plan and we’ll have four years that were not only a complete waste of time, but also destroyed any democratic hopes to recapture power. What a nightmare. I need the ghost of Christmas future to come and tell me how all this can be avoided.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted For Yesterday

    2011-07-31 18:10:43View | Delete

    But Obama is acting like he expects the “agreement” to be rejected. He just wants to make sure everyone knows he agreed on something. Then it will be the fault of others if it doesn’t go through.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted For Yesterday

    2011-07-31 18:07:13View | Delete

    Obama is looking down while making his speech. Not a proud moment.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Grijalva Statement Opposing the Bill He Voted For Yesterday

    2011-07-31 16:28:15View | Delete

    Not that this should excuse them, but progressives always end up in this position because of what comes from the top at the very beginning. Obama starts his “negotiations” by giving away the store and things go from bad to worse. Now nobody wants to be the guy who gets blamed for the collapse of the American economy. Not only that, no matter what any of them say, they all like the political cover that will come from the super congress.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 16:05:09View | Delete

    You know, on a larger scale, I really have to agree with the point you’re making. Nobody shows any guts at all and that’s a huge, huge problem that has to be remedied. When you listen to the tea party people, you at least believe that they think they’re doing the right thing based on their own principles – however misguided they might be. But we never hear the same sort of thing from democrats. Their wishi-washiness translates to the public as lack of conviction and lack of certitude. Very bad.

  • Unfortunately, Obama was just an image created by the media. His only real goal seems to be to capture the center so he can get re-elected and do some more “compromising”. He had no real life experience in leadership or getting results and, obviously no negotiating, mental combat or persuasive skills. He gave lot of speeches in which he wondered why we couldn’t all just get along, but that’s about it. Nevertheless, he was elected to the most powerful office in the world. The results speak for themselves.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 15:36:55View | Delete

    I strongly agree with you about single payer. Somehow, even though we’re mired in debt, we can still afford the most expensive and byzantine health care system in the world. But, for some reason,none of our elected representatives try to make this point with the American people. Appalling!!

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 15:17:49View | Delete

    I meant the presidential election. But don’t you think the same thing would have happened even if the legislation hadn’t passed? The theme would be that the democrats are not only weak wasting all their time on legislation that nobody wants, if they have their way, they’ll impose a mandate for health care. Same result in my opinion.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 15:13:23View | Delete

    But, in reality, you have to have a mandate for that type of plan. So they would have passed dishonest legislation that couldn’t have worked. Should Bernie have voted for that?

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 15:11:07View | Delete

    No way. I definitely don’t think they should get away with that one.
    Okay – I have big soft spot for the only guy in Congress who isn’t ashamed to call himself a “socialist.” I realize it’s mostly symbolic, but it does mean something. Americans get to hear from someone who unabashedly calls himself a “socialist” and figure out that he’s not talking about gulags and totalitarianism. I think that’s really important for America. More important, in my mind, than to try to make an example of someone who has his heart in the right place. The key to change is to change the psyche of the country.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 14:59:33View | Delete

    Good points. I hadn’t thought about that.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 14:57:55View | Delete

    Maybe. Assuming someone else wouldn’t have changed his or her vote, which is a huge assumption. I hate the health legislation too. But, even assuming Sanders could have stopped it from going through, he would have been blamed for scuttling what was being pedaled as the best we could do in terms of health reform. However bad it may be, it has real consequences for real people who are sick and dying. Stopping the legislation would have been a huge victory for the republicans and probably would have assured a republican victory in the next election. I guess you can argue that would have been a good thing but I still believe that there really is a greater evil.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 14:39:31View | Delete

    Let’s imagine that Bernie had voted against the health bill. What do you think would have happened next?

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 14:27:08View | Delete

    You’re right. Poor choice of words on my part. What I really mean is what good does it do to replace someone with someone else who supports essentially the same views. You’re saying that someone else would never compromise and always vote in a principled manner. That would be nice to see, but would it really change things. The tea party is the example you’re using to show the power of strength of conviction. But, as a minority, the tea party can only stop things from happening. Conservatives like to preserve, so that’s a good strategy for them. But is it also a good strategy for people who want change? I’m not so sure about that.

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 14:01:12View | Delete

    I know what you’re saying. It definitely sucks to have representatives who are afraid not to toe the line. But I think you would be taking away as much as you would gain if you were able to defeat him – which would be no mean feat. In addition, a lot of completely unintentional damage could result from that type of fight. It seems to me that the disagreement on this might stem from differing perceptions of Sanders. Rightly or wrongly, I see him as a person who actually does hold the views he espouses, but continues to believe he has to show some solidarity with democrats in case he strengthens republicans. He doesn’t see the benefit in votes that do nothing more than stake out a position. If I’m understanding you correctly, however, you see him as a sham and a fake who doesn’t actually have the strength of his convictions. But, beyond his votes, has he done anything to make you believe that?

  • Denning commented on the blog post Bernie Sanders to Primary Obama? Don’t Make Me Laugh

    2011-07-31 13:44:56View | Delete

    Practically speaking, having one guy who votes against legislation isn’t going to do much good. How do you know you couldn’t get a liberal elected in a blue dog state? I think you could if people in the state were properly educated on the issues. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

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