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"In labor temples, lecture halls and library meeting rooms across the country in recent months, I have had hundreds of discussions with folks like Sanders: hard-working, deeply committed grassroots party activists who line up well to the left of a president they see as too quick to compromise on economics, civil liberties and wars. Some prominent progressives have stepped up, endorsing a letter in mid-September arguing that without a primary challenge, “progressive principles past and present [will] be betrayed.” The signers include Ralph Nader, Cornel West, Gore Vidal, Jonathan Kozol, Rabbi Michael Lerner, former South Dakota Senator James Abourezk and Friends of the Earth president Erich Pica. It is not just unmet expectations that lead roughly a third of Democratic voters to tell pollsters Obama should face a primary challenge; it is also a sense that the president cannot energize the Democratic base and win in 2012 unless he is forced to define himself as a dramatically more progressive candidate."
Should Obama Face a Challenge in the Democratic Primary? | The Nation
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Adam, You seem to be a fairly smart guy, so I have a couple of questions for you, and how you answer them will tell all in terms of the argument that seems to never be solved in this regard.
1. We have seen new unemployment numbers of over 400,000 claims per month for over two full years now, with only one month periods mixed in where that number dipped below the 400k mark. And, if you take that the adjusted numbers of supposed new jobs created that have ranged between 60K and 150K per month for as you say the last 14 months, and the President says 21 months but to my knowledge never go above say, 250K jobs, which is the number experts say we need to just keep up with new entrants to the labor force. How is that a "net job gain"????
2. George Bush, along with the congress, including the democrat controlled congress beginning in 2007, which btw is when things started going severely south in terms of economic numbers, did indeed increase the deficit over an 8 year period consistent with the claim you give of 4.5 Trillion. Obama, and congress controlled by demo's for the first two years, increased the deficit some 3 Trillion, and within 3 years we have the same 4.5 Trillion increase that you wish to hang around Bush's neck as an excuse that it is ok to do. That is less than half the time, and given that trajectory, how can you support that kind of spending?
3. What are your thoughts on this poll from CBS recently:
That last part means that some 72% of this country thinks that Obama has made NO progress on improving the economy. How the hell does he get elected with these numbers?Less than one year out from Election Day 2012, voters remain overwhelmingly pessimistic about the economy, and their concerns are taking a toll on President Obama's re-election chances. Just 41 percent of Americans think Mr. Obama has performed his job well enough to be elected to a second term, whereas 54 percent don't think so.
The president's overall approval rating remains in the mid-40's, according to a CBS News poll - lower than the approval ratings of Mr. Obama's four presidential predecessors at this point in their first terms. Mr. Obama's approval rating is dragged down by his poor marks for his handling of the economy - which, at 33 percent, is the lowest rating of his presidency in CBS News polls.
Mr. Obama receives better marks on foreign policy and for his leadership skills. But when it comes to leading the economy in the right direction, voters are unimpressed: Just 28 percent think he has made progress on improving the economy. And most Americans say the president doesn't share the public's priorities, according to the poll, conducted December 5-7.
Grim economic outlook weighs down Obama approval rating - Political Hotsheet - CBS News
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