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The President Who Wants It All
Wall Street Journal, by Fred Barnes

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Posted By:StormCnter, 1/3/2013 5:48:47 AM

President George W. Bush made bipartisan deals with Democrats on education, energy and, shortly before leaving office, the bank bailout known as TARP. President Reagan got together with Democrats on tax reform and Social Security. President Clinton reached agreement with Republicans on welfare reform, balancing the budget and Nafta´s free trade. Mr. Clinton also negotiated reform of Social Security, a landmark compromise that died (before being announced) when the Monica Lewinsky scandal broke. "Each president defined these deals as success, as principled compromises,"Keith Hennessey, Mr. Bush´s chief domestic policy adviser, noted recently, "and both parties shared the credit."

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Now or Never, 1/3/2013 6:03:01 AM     (No. 9095945)



......... will leave us with nothing.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Country Boy, 1/3/2013 6:21:09 AM     (No. 9095959)

Still headed straight for the Debt Bomb (aka Fiscal Cliff). Just what obama wants.

Betcha his Mussie buds back in Indonesia are dancing in the streets. Death to the "Great White Satan"

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Spidey, 1/3/2013 6:29:21 AM     (No. 9095965)

Pretty funny how Bush´s bipartisan education bill came back as a blanket excuse for the failure of education and teacher´s exam erasures.

Nothing could be simpler than teaching to a test and the buffoonish teachers unions figured out away to screw that up.

Bush blew his presidency on cozying up to the left on a number of issues with his war on terrorism being a positive exception. But I think his push for immigration reform really damaged the party immensely.This gave credence to the idea that there´s no difference between the two parties and severely damaged McCain in his run.

Illegal immigration should have been attacked on the simple value of the rule of law,breaking the back on the charges of racism.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: 4freedom, 1/3/2013 7:13:14 AM     (No. 9096011)

If I didn´t know better I´d say Cloward and Piven strategies are alive and well. We already know about the love affair with Saul Alinsky, Frank Marshall Davis, radical Marxist teachers, so this logically falls in line.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Judith, 1/3/2013 8:47:55 AM     (No. 9096140)

When we really look at it, did Pres. Bush make bipartisan deals with the liberals or did he let them have their way on certain bills (like kennedy´s education bill)? And now, in later years, all the messes the dems created back then, they can now lay at Bush´s door and take no responsibility

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Di Guy, 1/3/2013 8:57:48 AM     (No. 9096163)

There is only one sure thing in life and it is this: The Republicans will fold.

That´s why Obama acts like this. Funny that Fred Barnes just found out...

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mathman, 1/3/2013 9:31:17 AM     (No. 9096240)

Hubris.
You could look it up.
Pride goes before a fall, and a haughty spirit before destruction.
Whom the Gods would destroy, they first make mad.
The man is Sysiphean. You could look that one up, too.
In other words, although the situation is dire, it is not one which has not previously been seen among us.
It is a truism that, in politics, you cannot survive without friends. Zero does not make friends, nor does he cultivate allies. He will be hoist by his own petard. You can look that one up as well.

Maybe he wants it all. He will be left with nothing. Not a prophecy, just an observation.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: DARling, 1/3/2013 9:34:50 AM     (No. 9096247)

I don´t hate No Child Left Behind like some people do. At my children´s elementary school, kids were getting As on awful work because they "tried so hard." I still don´t see why it is so terrible to have standards for reading and math. "Teaching to the test" means they have to teach those two subjects.

I used to ask why, when the teachers whined about having no time to teach about history and science, they could not read about science, instead of something about a Russian grandmother or Mexican abuela. They said they had to use that curriculum. Then I asked, why not read about history and science when you have time to read books of your choosing to your students? Blank stares.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: buckhorn_cortez, 1/7/2013 6:53:56 AM     (No. 9102617)

Of course it´s "gimmee, gimmee, gimmee" - that´s exactly what the Republican´s do. After token opposition they rollover and vote "Yes" on whatever John "The Deal Maker" Boehner tells them to vote on.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Janjan, 1/7/2013 7:14:42 AM     (No. 9102638)

Mr. Barnes seems like a very nice guy. Which is probably why he is still assuming that Obama really wants to do the right thing for the country and just get all of the credit. Obama is set on destroying us. Until the Republicans figure that out these games of political chicken will continue.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: pineledger, 1/7/2013 7:56:19 AM     (No. 9102713)

The only child syndrome writ large.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Felixcat, 1/7/2013 8:34:51 AM     (No. 9102780)

Why should Obama negotiate? He´s gotten everything he´s wanted so far. Congress has yet to challenge him on anything.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Barbarian Heretic, 1/7/2013 8:38:59 AM     (No. 9102788)

You can bet the farm Barry will get his chunk of the pie. He´s a grifter that way.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Rinktum, 1/7/2013 8:42:58 AM     (No. 9102802)

Obama wants this country on its knees for all the perceived wrong he believes it has committed in the world and to do that, the economy must be destroyed. Of course, he will not give an inch. His goal is in sight and it appears there isn´t anyone with the courage and moral fortitude in Washington DC to stop him. Clearly, the Republicans are enablers who have failed to honor their oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from all enemies both foreign and domestic.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: OhMy, 1/7/2013 8:43:19 AM     (No. 9102803)

Obama and Boehner are the perfect negotiating partners. Obama demands everything his own way and then demands more when an agreement seems possible and Boehner gives him everything and never walks away. Boehner makes Obama´s negotiating skills look good!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: BarryNo, 1/7/2013 8:48:52 AM     (No. 9102816)

Ghengis Khan made it work. So did Hitler.

No one else was happy, but hey! You can´t make an omelet...

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Reply 17 - Posted by: rplat, 1/7/2013 8:53:34 AM     (No. 9102828)

A simple majority of the fools in this country may have elected him but Obama has done nothing, been nowhere and lacks the social skills and the intellect to even communicate with his opposition, let alone convince and lead them.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: F16 guy, 1/7/2013 10:14:45 AM     (No. 9103010)

#4

BULLSEYE

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Reply 19 - Posted by: BetseyRoss, 1/7/2013 11:35:41 AM     (No. 9103162)

Obama is becoming a dictator because we allow it. When are We the People going to start fighting him?

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Reply 20 - Posted by: geoguy, 1/7/2013 11:53:46 AM     (No. 9103211)

Zippy has literally turned me into a slave.

Zippy wants to enslave the producers so he can steal their money via confiscatory taxation. The money is then used against the producers by giving the money to non producers who vote politicians into office that further steal the money of the producers to give to the takers. At some point, which I am at right now, the producers will stop producing.

But wait, Obamacare forces me to continue working in order to pay the mandate that I am forced into and cannot reject. See how this is working? WE ARE SCREWED!!


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Reply 21 - Posted by: lencu255, 1/7/2013 12:23:57 PM     (No. 9103267)

Wow, we know we have a dictator, obozo, but barnes and krauthammer and rove, they don´t!
As to when are we going to start fighting this dictatorship? With repubics as leading opposition - never!
First, we need a charismatic leader, second, this leader needs money to organize conservative mainstream media. Unfortunately nobody wants to take this role and nobody even speaks about conservative mainstream media!
May I remind you about mussolini, hitler, lenin/stalin, chavez? They did exactly that.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: GreatPlains, 1/7/2013 12:40:58 PM     (No. 9103298)

All the attacks from the far right on Boehner and House Republicans miss the larger point.
Assume Boehener does what Limbaugh and Levin and the far right wants and refuses to negotiate on anything.
Then what ?
The reality is that Democrats control the Senate by 10 votes and the presidency.
The House now has 8 more Democrats
and 8 less Republicans .
The election results have ensured that Republicans have to compromise .
Compromise is not a dirty word , but, the talkers on the far right have made it so.
You don´t like " compromise " , make sure that Republicans win more Senate and House seats,
not less.
Democrats and Obama only want to represent those who voted for them , while ignoring the rest of their constituents.
Unfortunately , that is also now the motto of the far right.
Democrats can get away with practicing that form of government , Republicans cannot.
Democrats have the media to protect them , plus, they hold at least 2/3 of the legislative cards.
Representing all of your constituents
is now an archaic concept.
The point Barnes is making is that even
with a Congressional majority ,
Presidents usually also compromise .
Obama refuses to negotiate.
Not in principle or in person.
His usual narcissistic and
childish way poisons
the already damaged political atmosphere even more.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 1/7/2013 1:13:01 PM     (No. 9103349)

Sure it is a good strategy. It works great so long as all you have in front of you is weepy, whiner, head nodding Republicans.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: maryc, 1/7/2013 1:22:38 PM     (No. 9103361)

Negotiate what ? If he doesn´t get what he wants he writes and executive order and overrides Congress and the Constitution. We do not have a president.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Philipsonh, 1/7/2013 1:45:37 PM     (No. 9103405)

When you want REVENGE, and when you denigrate
your "opponent", and when you have an ideology set-in-concrete, there can be no negotiation and no compromise. He believes that he has a
mandate from the populace to act like a "king".
History will show how poor a President he is, perhaps the worst in our history. He is still working on his downward slide. He has divided the Country like no other President before him.


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Reply 26 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 1/7/2013 1:59:43 PM     (No. 9103437)

What NOT a surprise.

All the Conservatives keep explaining how BO just CANNOT do what he does. Yet, he does it and wins. Part of the reason is because the Country is a bit dopey. That´s nothing new. They reelected FDR and he led them into a deeper depression. Duh! If you think people are any smarter now than they were then you´re foolish.

The other reason is that Republican leadership cannot seem to summon a strategy and the guts to stick to it. As soon as the media jumps on (who´s behavior and impact should be obvious by now), Republican leadership caves.

Why can´t we learn how to fight these battles and win? It´s not a battle of reason, we should know that. And whining that the public doesn´t "get it" is useless. How do you create an winning emotional argument for the public that we have so that the media is rendered ineffective?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: dman, 1/7/2013 3:26:58 PM     (No. 9103576)

The Pubs have been feckless in standing up to this Dictator and his "bully" (in all meanings of the word) pulpit.

We need new generals. We need to form a new "army". We need a new party.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: Donna M, 1/7/2013 6:34:25 PM     (No. 9103836)

House Republicans had their chance for a new Speaker and backed away. WHY? We need ALL new generals and many new colonels. As long as the Republican party is not a NATIONALIST party, and is voiced by the Boehners, McConnells and their like (and I´m throwing Ryan into this lot, because all he´s doing is playing along), they do not get my money or my time.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/7/2013 7:42:56 PM     (No. 9103897)

I wonder if he is not able to negotiate because he is in an on-going drug induced haze. Physically he looks awful, we never see a medical report, autopen signing rather than his own hand, and he is continually droopy eyed. What is the status of the Leader of the Free World´s health?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/7/2013 8:05:04 PM     (No. 9103920)

Obie, bro, didn´t you get the memo? you can get blood out of a turnip, bud.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Dodge Boy, 1/7/2013 8:16:16 PM     (No. 9103932)

can´t get blood out of a turnip, bud.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: hamrman, 1/7/2013 8:38:59 PM     (No. 9103970)

This reminds me of that Dire Strait´s song ..."money for nothin and chicks for free"! In Proverbs 24:34, the scripture states", so shall your poverty come like a robber, and you will want like an armed man...", how prophetic of our road ahead under this admin!

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