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  •  It's worse than that (5+ / 0-)

    Since Reagan, the dominant ideology has been "Government is the problem, not the solution."  This anti-government screed has infected our nation ever since.  If you consider changing the dominant ideology of our country to be the mark of a great president, then Reagan qualifies as a great president, notwithstanding the harm his poison has done.  

    Sadly, I am not convinced Reaganism is no longer dominant.  Obama and his fellow Democrats are still reluctant to take it on, and the news media are only too willing to do the right's bidding.  Heck, all you hear now on TV and radio is "entitlement reform," a sign that the Republicans may be down but not out.

    "We have always known that heedless self-interest was bad morals, now we know that it is bad economics." Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Jan. 20, 1937

    by Navy Vet Terp on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 10:16:28 AM PST

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    •  I think you're expecting too much. (2+ / 0-)
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      Navy Vet Terp, whaddaya

      Even FDR bought into right-wing framing through the most disastrous non-war time of the United States' history. He still left us partially on the gold standard and tried to balance the budget in such a way that caused a recession. But no one denies that the presidency marked a watershed moment in American political thought.

    •  obama and elected dems are lagging indicators (0+ / 0-)

      the ground moving beneath their feet will in time produce elected democrats to their left, as the process continues.

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