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on May 29, 2011
I believe this book should be a must read for the middle class, and lower income families. This sheds quite a bit of light on how the politicians manipulate our destiny, and how they prevent whatever good the President is trying to do, if it cost them money in the form of tax breaks for the wealthy. The bottom line is they don't care if the country is in debt, as long as they get there money.
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on January 11, 2011
Many years ago I read an article in The Atlantic which discussed economies as oil tankers. In the same way that oil tankers can't turn on dimes, any President's impact on the economy is slow to marerialize - - that is, if you're looking for everything to be sewn up in the same 22 minute horizon of a sitcom. Presidents have an impact, but you wouldn't feel it soon enough for the next election. That was the point of the article in The Atlantic.

Alterman's taken it beyond lowering your expectations due to slow reactions. He looks at the numerous constraints which surround change - - structural, political, and cultural. He also looks at the personalities of the players. Short term, there's plenty of reason to lower your expectations from what Obama can deliver in one term, back half of a mid-term, or a second term.

This is a call for patience and diligence, to moderate your expectations. I first read this over the summer, when portions were published on The Nation's web site. It's not an easy message. But truth doesn't always come easy.
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