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sterling   

Great article in the current Newsweek by Fareed Zakaria.

It is called "Secret of His Success". Here is an piece of it:

Conservative commentators have made much of a recent Pew survey showing that public reaction to Obama has been more polarized than to any previous president: Democrats really like him, and Republicans really dislike him. But the poll's most striking statistic was how few Americans now self-identify as Republicans. For the past year it has hovered around 24 percent, the lowest in three decades. It's not so much that the Republican base has shrunk, as Emory University political scientist Alan Abramowitz points out in a recent essay: the Democratic base has expanded. When Bill Clinton was elected in 1992, the Democratic base was 30 percent of the electorate; swing voters were 43 percent and Republicans 27 percent. Last year Democrats made up 41 percent; swing voters dropped to 32 percent and Republicans stayed put at 27 percent. Because party loyalties tend not to shift quickly, an 11-point rise for the Democrats is astonishing. Abramowitz argues that since these changes are largely rooted in demography—particularly the growing nonwhite population—they are likely to persist for a while.

It's not only that Obama has inherited a more liberal country.

How true this is. Not that many months ago we had Rush Limbaugh bragging about being able to make visits to the Oval Office. That is now history thankfully. You also have a very good sign in that Sen. Arlen Specter is now a Democrat and the Dems are getting close to the Filbuster proof Senate. The word "prgressive" is no longer taken the way it was in the past with certain members of the media constantly trying to trash anyone who dare followed a progressive agenda. The GOP has basically become a party of very littel identity which is sad. Fewer and fewer citizens identify with what the party has turned itself over to recently which are the Fundamentals and Christian Right. I am a practicing Christian and have been all my life but I do not agree with most of the twisted beliefs of these individuals. Thankfully things have changed and we have a President that can read those changes and knows how to effectively work his way through it for the betterement of all citizens.

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angelina   

Thankfully things have changed and we have a President that can read those changes and knows how to effectively work his way through it for the betterement of all citizens.

as long as it's spelled out on the teleprompter...he'll read it just fine. wink

John

BTW.....Vegas line says one week before he offs the CEO of CitiGroup.....and 48 hours before he announces the bankruptcy of Chrysler. Now I REALLY have a tingle going up my leg. frown

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G.W. Bush helped make sure that there really wasn't much choice between parties. Corruption and out-of-control spending from the GOP now is the same as the left, just blowing it in different places and interest groups. So the American Idiots lead by 80% of the media went with the guy who could make better speeches and promise more free stuff from the Gub-ment.

Now, we get to sit there and watch most of the greatness and wealth of a former superpower get either "repackaged" or "legislated" away. So, a Gub-ment that hasn't been able to run ANYTHING properly and/or efficiently for the last 60+ years, suddenly gets to make more of our important life decisions, and take more of our money without us having anything to say about where it goes or who it goes to...Just a "promise" from a guy who talks out of both sides of his mouth, that "this time" they will suddenly do it right and fair... king

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Pretender is a believer in wealth redistribution...you know, if you work hard and achieve financial success,then take your hard earned money and give to the govt who will give it to the less talented,less hard working,etc. Obama believes the same thing. He wants Obama to be King. [Term limits]

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Seems that Arlen told a Republican caucus in Harrisburg about a month ago that he wouldn't switch parties, no matter what...

http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/518576.html?nav=742

Nice that he's a man of his word haha No, he's the typical politician.

For some humor (or maybe tragedy), check out the reader comments below the news story. Makes me glad I don't live near Altoona anymore. cool

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angelina   

I totally understand inertia...and political pendulum swinging.....but super-majorities in the House & Senate, with an Executive Branch that would make FDR look like a reactionary while Judicial appointees continue to legislate from the bench... worries me. frown

I don't like that kind of power with limited checks and balances on the left or right!

John

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Doug   

I thought Cartoon World was dead. But the outrageous fear and loathing on this thread and many others shows it's still alive and well (great Johnny Winter song, by the way).

Fortunately the "idiot" voters don't seem to be listening to all your gnashing and wailing.

Isn't a bit early to be predicting "decades of damage"?

Me? I hear you folks all sounding so worried and scared, and I listen to the pundits from both sides, but when I watch Obama, I get a STRONG sense of a guy who knows what he's trying to do. And I think to myself, "Let's shut up for a while and let him do his job."

And by the way, "Go All The Way" is waay better than either "Tonight" or "Ecstasy".

Heading back to my happy place....

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While you are free to "Shut up and let him do his job" , I chose not to. Ballooning the deficit, forcing the country into a terrible and hugely expensive national healthcare system may be your vision and definition of good governing...it's not mine. A "guy who knows what he's trying to do"? yeah...so what? If it's bad for the country, so what?

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While you are free to "Shut up and let him do his job" , I chose not to. Ballooning the deficit, forcing the country into a terrible and hugely expensive national healthcare system may be your vision and definition of good governing...it's not mine. A "guy who knows what he's trying to do"? yeah...so what? If it's bad for the country, so what?

National health care is what scares me.

Now, when I lived in London for 2 ½ years, sure it was great to go to the corner Dr.’s office and get ANYTHING I wanted. But in 1992-1994 you should have seen that office. It looked like I had stepped into 1952.

I went to get a simple wart removal done on my finger…I now have a huge scar. He burnt it off instead of freezing it. Lovely.

Then when I went into get a PAP smear…THIS is what *I* encountered.

A nurse, not a Dr.

Ok, I’m sure most nurses can do those exams, and she was really funny, so I went with it. When asked to lie back and place my legs up, I asked where the “stirrups†were. She said, “This isn’t like the States, we have no money for that.â€

Then she took a DESK LAP and shined it for better viewing. I asked her where her little light on a head band thingy was, she said, this is WHAT we get…OMGOSH…a desk lap folks, to do a gynecologic exam! She didn't even have a pen light...nothing.

Then 3 weeks later the nurse calls (my Dr. here in Cali would have the results back at the time in less than a few days) and said she has to redo the test as she couldn’t get a good sample. Go figure!

When I went back in, she talked with me further about the health care system there and as a nurse, she hated it. She wanted what we have in the US. I agreed.

Then, realizing free health care was my right…upon moving back to the US, I went in and asked for a 6 month supply of birth control. The Doc said, I can only give you a month, what if you don’t come back? I explained that if I stayed in the US for 6 months without any birth control, I could come back pregnant and then the UK will have to pay for all of the expenses as well as I’d have to sign on to the “dole†because I wouldn’t be able to work.

I got my birth control and then left…happily forever back to the States! I loved London, just not the NHS.

That is just one scenario…and I’m sure there are many more. And right now, here, you can go into any emergency room, be seen (as they can’t turn you away) get wonderful care, and if you can’t pay it, you get “Debbie†the social worker to help you sign away everything so the tax payers pay it. I know, my unemployed friend just did that a few days ago when she broke her wrist. $2,000. She said and I quote, “Hell, the illegals are getting it, I’ve paid my taxes for 30 years, I’ll take it!â€

As a self employed, non insured person, I have to understand, it is up to me to get insurance or have high bills. That is unless “Debbie†visits me, but so far, that’s never happened.

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Art   

Yes, Obama definitely knows what he's trying to do. That is exactly the problem, for 2 reasons: he may know what we wants but he does not know how to do it, meaning we will be screwed in the process, and if he actually gets what he wants our kids are screwed for life living in debt and at a much lower level than we have come to know. The only exception will be the ACORN-like groups, who have now become relevant.

Other than that, the guy is a great speaker and motivator...no doubt.

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Still waiting for one actual spending cut. Not just the "promise" of a spending cut somewhere, trimming of the fat, going through the budget line by line looking for ways to save...Obama had a chance to do that with the last 2 record Dem spendng bills...Passed both without hesitation...Now he's taking huge expensive entourages on every trip, spending 300K and freaking out New Yorkers for an "image photo"...The Dems don't give a crap about out-of-control spending.

We're doomed.

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Although I busted on Arlen Specter yesterday for switching parties because he thinks it could help get him re-elected again, to be fair I should add that although I believe he is first a self-serving politician (but most all of them are, so I guess I shouldn't hold it against him), he has been known to put his constituents ahead of his party on many occasions, so I have to give him credit for that.

I don't think his voting record is going to be any different, regardless of the party switch, nor do I think that the democrats can count on him as far as filibusters are concerned.

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JohnO   

As far as whether Obama will get re-elected in '12.....if 2004 was ANY indication, it really doesn't seem to matter what a 1st term President does!

Bush, as far as I'm concerned, was living proof of that...and I'm sure that the right-wingers will point out that Kerry running against him certainly didn't hurt his re-election chances. Likewise, it'll depend on who the Republicans nominate in '12....and I don't see anyone on the horizon in that party with 1/10 of Obama's popularity. And whether we choose to admit or acknowledge it, Presidential elections are, firat and foremost, popularity contests, where a large percent of registered voters aren't even aware of the candidates' positions on a number of issues...sad but true.

And as far as his socialist tendencies, FDR was also considered a socialist at the time....didn't stop him from getting elected 4 times!

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I also lived in the UK for 7 years, I think many of the tales of nationalized health are simply that; "tales." Yes, its true the surgery lines are a little longer. Are we that spoiled here??

I had nothing but good experiences. I think the Obama has it right philosophically but, like many, I really worry about all this deficit spending. I think by the end of the year we will know more about any positive effects. Right now, all its doing is padding the bottom lines of financial firms, banks, and AIG. It doesnt appear to be "tricking down" to anyone, as the Republicans would say. Im disillusioned how much has been given to the powerful vs the people. Weve been through this before,at length, in the Cartoon World but socialism is not the evil convervatives would like people to believe it is. It essentially means countries that enact these types of programs for their populations spend less on weapons and more on social programs. Unfortunately, that has become very un-American in some quarters.

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Steve certainly you can provide more commentary than that? More and more Americans are losing health care as a result of losing jobs. Personally I support these benefits for people when the bottom falls out. And the bottom has been falling out for alot of regular people the last year. I do think the Dick Cheney blows much more than national health care.

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