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The Obama Presidency Invites Contempt | The Nation

What is so ironic—and infuriating—is that Obama’s original policies were not just smarter but more popular than the ones he now feels compelled to embrace. This disjunction led the Times editorial board to observe, “Despite what the Republicans loudly proclaim, Americans do not buy into economic theories that were disproved 25 years ago…. [They] do not see the deficit and ‘big government’ as the main problem, and they do not buy the endless calls for slashing spending and reckless deregulation. A solid majority said creating jobs should be the highest priority for the government now and that payroll taxes should be cut to help with that.”

If only Americans had a president willing to fight for their beliefs.

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