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Nov. 6th, 2008 | 10:28 pm

Not a lot to say except that the full article has a lot more detail and is worth reading, and I agree with it.
Obama will undoubtedly be better than Bush was and better than McCain would have been, and the differences matter. But a realistic assessment of the scope of those differences is imperative. Without it, people who really care about changing this country’s direction will end up counting on one man, Obama, instead of on themselves to bring about the change we need. Those people will inevitably be disappointed...

...To have any chance of getting the results we want out of his administration, we cannot just sit back and expect him to work his magic. We must organize, agitate, and pursue independent initiatives (like ballot measures) to get what we want (like single-payer healthcare) at the state level. And we must carefully scrutinize Obama’s every move and harass and harangue him relentlessly just as if he were John McCain or George Bush. From the point of view of every American left of center, the principal advantage of Obama over McCain is that it is at least possible that he will listen to us. We cannot let that advantage go to waste.
(Now What? by Frank J. Menetrez on Counterpunch)

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fool's guinea

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from: foolsguinea
date: Nov. 6th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
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Exactly!

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The Princess of Id

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from: danaseilhan
date: Nov. 7th, 2008 01:38 am (UTC)
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He's already worrying me a little bit in that he kept emphasizing over and over, during his victory speech, that we all are going to need to work hard for the next several years. Well, yes, we know that. It makes me wonder how many programs he's going to cut and how much he's going to vilify the poor for the duration of his term. People may scoff at that idea given Obama's roots--but Bill Clinton started out pretty poor too, and look what he did to welfare.

Undoubtedly we'll have a better time than we did under Bush even if we sit on our thumbs and rotate for the entire four (eight?) years. But I have a feeling we're in for some serious disappointments just the same.

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Madeleine

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from: madeleine
date: Nov. 10th, 2008 02:33 pm (UTC)
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Disappointments are inevitable. But why do you think he would "vilify the poor?"

I work for a non-profit that finds jobs/homes/education to urban poor. All of us feel that the changes Clinton made helped (yes, sometimes pushed) people to take a more active role in the direction their lives take.

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USA

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date: Nov. 10th, 2008 03:21 pm (UTC)
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Where what we would call centre right turns out to be extreme left! No wonder we got poor treatment from Bush - he thought we were a load of Commies!
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