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Richard Wolffe: Inside the Obama White House

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teachette Avatar
Posted: 02.06.11, 07:19 AM
He can't figure it out? Wow! What does he think is going on? A population given to simplification over so many decades, bombarded from the beginnings of tv by lies and sensationalism, by a dumbing down that goes on in almost every walk of life in this country, and he can't figure it out? Perhaps he might give someone who has some handle on this a call.
theknopfknows Avatar
Posted: 01.31.11, 08:49 PM
I read both Obama´s books and read all his speeches and this conversation only makes sense from a individual view, yet 300,000,000 people and your the BiG DoG life does look different.
Fora2 Avatar
Posted: 01.27.11, 08:09 PM
Please listen again - carefully this time. Richard Wolffe was NOT calling Obama a "foreign communist." He said FOX News' propaganda was.
Fora2 Avatar
Posted: 01.27.11, 08:06 PM
FIX News is not news. It's a neo-con propaganda mill. They even help organize their own rallies & demonstrations. That is not journalism, it's political propaganda. "Republicans originally thought that Fox worked for us, and now we are discovering we work for Fox." -- David Frum, former Bush speechwriter & American Enterprise Institute Fellow
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Miles McCullough
Posted: 01.26.11, 08:37 PM
@phisical, Federal government is ~18% of GDP in the U.S. If you add in state and local governments the total is still less than 30%. I would argue that Clinton and Obama are much less wasteful than the Bushes and Reagan and that their waste is more likely to be on people instead of rich corporations. Take health care as a case study: keeping HMOs (as a compromise with the Republicans) is much less efficient than public, universal health care, an improvement over the previous system, but still.
lapsariany Avatar
Posted: 01.09.11, 10:41 PM
Debt? What was the left doing during Eisenhowers presidency?
phiscal Avatar
Posted: 01.07.11, 05:06 PM
...Interesting presentation, easy to listen to, entertaining. The moralistic pro-tax attitude triggers a basic question. Leftism has had an excellent 100 years economically. It's run government up from something less than 10% of GDP to near 40% of everything the world's largest economy produces. Yet, the cry for more taxes never lessens. And yet, there is very little discussion of what positive impact the money has had in the past, especially in quantitative terms. Nor does the left quantify or announce the goals the expenditures should accomplish in the future. There is little discussion about whether the same goals could be accomplished more efficiently. To dispel its image of dreamy romanticists that prefer to drill taxpayers for more, more, more, a little more circumspection is in order. Given the size of the government's debts, now would be an excellent time to do that. If Obama can persuade his supporters to rally behind this idea, he has a chance to be one of the few truly great Presidents.
phiscal Avatar
Posted: 01.07.11, 04:40 PM
@nassa1, Go back, listen to Mr Wolf more closely, then reassess your comment.
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Posted: 01.05.11, 08:30 AM
Mr. Wolffem how can you say Obama is a "foreign communist"? He has been elected by a landslide by citizens in this country! "Country sliding into communism"? Glen Beck an "extraordinary show"? For someone with Oxford education this is such a trashy standpoint. If you were "educated" at Sarah Palin University of Alaska I could see where you come from, but given you credentials and your ability to speak rather than snarl this is incredible!

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