If you are not careful - Social Security will be cut futher. the raising the age requirement from 65 to 66 is a 6.2/3% cut in benefits. During the debates both parties said social security is off the table "SO WHY IS THERE A DISCUSSION ABOUT IT NOW ???? Washington doesn't want to admit this entire disaster is their doing - de-regulation - forclosures - diveratives - the bailout that has not been paid back ( which they insist it has been( so where is the money??)). . All their talks of voter suspression ?.?.? Why weren't any third party candidates at any of the debates - LOCKED-OUT....BLOCKED-OUT (other than a write-in how do you vote for someone you do not know if they running??)
He actually HAS been doing everything he can within the limitations of his power in office. He has managed to accomplish a remarkable number of things under the circumstances (constant opposition from the right), and I'm certain that no one else could do better. President Obama, unlike Clinton, has been unwilling to cause further harm to the post-middle class/poor to temporarily appease the right wing, and this makes him the best president we've had since before this right-wing era began with Reagan. From there, we could discuss his remarkable achievements internationally to date (as long as we keep the discussion within the realm of reality, based on conditions as they actually are).
On this point, you need to dig out your old civics text book to review how our form of government works. Except in the case of national emergency, the president can't do anything without the "go ahead" from Congress. Congress has powerful incentives to keep the corporate sector happy, and this won't change unless the people compel them to change. That's not going to happen during this generation, I don't think.
You need to remember how deeply the "left" has been divided by class. The "Occupy Movement" began as an incredible, powerful thing that really could have changed the country. It was almost instantly redefined as being of, for, about the middle class alone. A sort of Bourgeoisie Bash, and the rest of us went home. Today, our media recognizes no one below a certain economic level. The media designed to appeal to today's liberals, such as MSNBC, is all about, only about, middle class workers, those who haven't lost everything yet. That's unfortunate.
The saddest thing is that he's our best option
How about reminding Obama to repeal the Patriot Act , the NDAA, or at least give Americans some of their civil liberties back. And instead of expanding surveillance on US citizens reign that and the TSA in too. America is no longer living in a free society and Obama has a hell of a lot to do with it.
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