Obama's tenure not so bad for progressives

  • Article by: Paul Krugman
  • Updated: January 21, 2013 - 6:30 PM

There's health care reform, financial reform, steps toward equality -- none are perfect, but nonetheless ...

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stanbobJan. 21, 13 6:39 PM

progressives? too be nice it should be socialists. and how about that national debt thingie? go to bed and hope it disappears by morning?

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pumiceJan. 21, 13 7:03 PM

From the article: "[W]here the New Deal had a revolutionary impact, empowering workers and creating a middle-class society that lasted for 40 years, the Big Deal has been limited to equalizing policies at the margin." And marginalizing unions. Even in the President's Second Inaugural, when every interest group got a nod, unions didn't. Empowering workers results in less income inequality. Empowered, productive workers created the largest, most prosperous middle class in the history of the Republic.

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crystalbayJan. 21, 13 7:19 PM

Obama won by nearly 6 million popular votes and 132 electoral votes; Bush won by SCOTUS appointment. There is no equivalence between these two men's second terms.

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joetannJan. 21, 13 7:19 PM

This guy seems to want the Russian Revolution instituted in the USA. That worked out pretty good don't y'all think?

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puerileJan. 21, 13 7:24 PM

Mostly accomplished during Obama's first two years when Democrats had a majority in the House. It's going to be a long 4 years.

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avejoeconJan. 21, 13 8:29 PM

Obama won by nearly 6 million popular votes and 132 electoral votes; Bush won by SCOTUS appointment. There is no equivalence between these two men's second terms.----------------You really are proud of the 3% win aren't you. How about we agree he won, that way you won't look foolish touting that ridiculous claim that he won by a landslide!

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doodlegoofJan. 21, 13 8:35 PM

Obama's tenure not so bad for progressives and people living off the system...but it's gonna be hell for any working man or woman that pays taxes.

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theruntJan. 21, 13 8:55 PM

When a nation comes from the depths of a wrenching recession, where big banks are failing, the housing market's melting, 401ks are shrinking and hundreds of thousands are losing jobs each month... When you go from there to relative stability you'd think the man at the helm might get a little respect but some don't see it.

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avejoeconJan. 21, 13 9:01 PM

When you go from there to relative stability you'd think the man at the helm might get a little respect but some don't see it.----------I see that this is the slowest recovery from recession in recent history. EVERY recession has had a recovery, so recovery is not that amazing. Having a recovery that is Half of the average, that deserves NO respect!

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ti1310Jan. 21, 13 9:02 PM

----Obama won by nearly 6 million popular votes and 132 electoral votes; Bush won by SCOTUS appointment. There is no equivalence between these two men's second terms.----- For Openers Bush did not win his 2nd term by SCOTUS appointment. Obama hasn't even started his second term yet, for all you know he could turn out to be the worst 2nd term president in history.

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