Why can’t the President take yes for an answer? A month after voters affirmed him, why is he signaling so many concessions to a GOP in disarray?

There are sightings of the Barack Obama who botched the first debate with Mitt Romney—-disengaged, distant, bogged down in details of issues rather than passionate about what’s at stake.

All this goes beyond ideology and partisan score-keeping into the realm of temperament and character. Will Obama II revert to more of the law professor than the community organizer?

In his Weekly Address, the President describes himself as ready to work with GOP opponents on “a plan that gives both sides some of what they want. I’m willing to find ways to bring down the cost of health care without hurting seniors and other Americans who depend on it. And I’m willing to make more entitlement spending cuts on top of the $1 trillion dollars in cuts I signed into law last year.”

With Republican backs to wall at the fiscal cliff, the weekend brings alarming Administration leaks about compromises—-raising Medicare eligibility age to 67, flexibility about the key campaign promise to raise income tax rates of the superrich back to 39.6 percent.

As Boehner and McConnell play their tired old games with no acknowledgement that this year’s flood of partisan money failed to tilt Washington in their favor, why is Obama slipping back into his outdated dance with them?

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Momzworld
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Momzworld
3 years 9 months ago
When I see news programs like a segment I saw on 60 Minutes last week, I get very angry. I don’t remember the details, but it was a hospital organization that was threatening ER doctors with job loss unless they admitted more patients (especially those over 65) whether they really needed hospitalization or not. There are still, obviously, HMO’s and doctors and probably other branches of healthcare who are bleeding Medicare for fraudulent charges. It seems to me that if there was a way to penalize so severely these situations when they are discovered that it would bring this kind… Read more »
zephyr
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zephyr
3 years 9 months ago

No matter how much worse the other guy might have been, an acquiescent Obama is wasted potential. This is no time to kow tow to an undeserving right.

KP
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KP
3 years 9 months ago
“All this goes beyond ideology and partisan score-keeping into the realm of temperament and character.” Interesting the author would write this; Mr. Stein sounds like an ideological score-keeper rather than a problem solver. That is disappointing at this critical juncture but not surprising. We would hear the same squawking if Romney had won and concessions were made to the Dems. In an independent experiment my guess is the two men and two parties would probably come to similar solutions to the ‘fiscal cliff’. Expect more noise from the far left and far right as compromises are made. Those of us… Read more »
KP
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KP
3 years 9 months ago
@Momzworld I am used to hearing comments like yours about doctors, but I think they are misplaced unless they are about specific fraud. Most docs work their butts off and earn everything they take home; and they take home about half of what they did thirty years ago. They are an easy target and we are discouraging some great minds from going into a system/profession that is in bad need of 50,000 more physicians. Close scrutiny “Quite possibly no other occupation in the country receives such attention regarding the income its members receive. And that’s not a new trend –… Read more »
slamfu
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slamfu
3 years 9 months ago
Dr pay isn’t why health costs keep increasing. Dr’s deserve what they make, and they make less. Its the bloated for-profit HMO companies that have inserted themselves in the process that are driving prices up and service down. It’s those guys that need a trip to the woodshed. I have a friend who’s father makes high end cancer treatment devices that are TOO efficient. Basically he has been told by the purchasing agents of the HMO’s who buy hospital equipment that his company’s device, by reducing treatment time and post treatment recovery, reduces the profit for the hospital as well.… Read more »
KP
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KP
3 years 9 months ago
@slamfu I agree with your view of the problem with some for profit HMOs. Some of these HMOs remove enough of the freedom of the docs to make decisions that quality of care is compromised. We will see more of that as we move to a single payor system controlled by the federal government. Not because it will be profit driven but because there will be law or pressure to squeeze more for less out of the physicians and to reduce the cost of end of life care. Similar to the highly efficient device that lowers profit, altering end of… Read more »
sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 9 months ago
If these sources are correct, than it is not at all clear what Obama’s thinking is here. If he doesn’t strike a fair deal here, he may regret it more than he knows come 2014. If he once again, gives more than the asking price it will be disasterous for his administration. Seniors are counting on him not to sell them down the river. Low income minorities are counting on him not to give away the farm. He may not have to run for president again, but how would he like to deal with MORE Republicans in congress. Disgusted Democrats… Read more »
KP
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KP
3 years 9 months ago

“Low income minorities are counting on him not to give away the farm.”

Are low income whites counting on him for anything?

sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 9 months ago

KP, yes, of course. Poor choice of words there.( Got my “downtrodden” combined). Low income everyone.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 9 months ago

Perhaps Obama is putting the county’s interests above the Dem or Rep party’s interest. Gloating in public or private does not help solve any problems.

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