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    Obama compromised on health care reform and ended up with a bill that nobody likes. I don't want to see a repeat performance. Republicans don't seem to want to compromise enough. What they propose seems more damaging than going over the "cliff" that Congress has already carved.
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    LOL - "compromised"? with whom? Certainly not the Republicans, he didn't get ONE vote from them and had to coerce and threaten and bribe his own party members to vote for it and just to make sure, they suspended normal rules to hold the vote. No, this misbegotten mess of a health care bill is all Obama and the Dems. fault, no one else to blame but themselves.
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    @Tralee That is precisely the problem, he could have got far more, earlier in the process he had the votes for a public option, but he was so busy wasting his time offering compromises, while negotiating, in essence, with himself, that no one liked the final product. If he would have pushed through medicare it would have been simple, remove the words "over sixty five" from the medicare law. Some would have liked it, somd would have hated it, and everyone would have understood it. And a lot of his base, who are not happy with being required to give money to private corporations, would have been very pleased...
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    @PoliticalSpice Totally disagree, he didn't negotiate, he has no clue how to do that, his "negotiatoin" was to tell the Republicans that "Elections have consequences" and to add "I won". He may have been trying to negotiate with his own party, but the Republicans were totally shut out, Nancy P. held the meetings on Obamacare behind a LOCKED door, just in case a Republican wanted to add their opinion. Only the far left want a single payer option and just look around you, England has realized that it's an unsustainable plan, they are running out of rich to tax to pay for it. Most of Europe is trying to back away from state run medical care, you have long waits for service, rationing and fewer and fewer health care professionals. That's not what we want here. If Obama had worked with the whole congress and not pawned off the writing of this law to the most liberal members of congress we might have actually gotten something that would be good, he didn't and we don't.
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    That was then.. Southern President from Texas dealing with a congress who understood they were elected by the American people to run the country for the benefit of we the people.
    Now we have a congress who couldn't care less for anyone who can't buy their vote An uncaring congress totally dedicated to the destruction of Obama's presidency no matter what the cost to the county. When you're dealing with a congress, an institution with a 9% approval rating, and they think they're doing the right thing what would make anyone think they are willing to negotiate anything ??
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    Completely inapplicable. Democrats already control most of the government. So the article should be titled will nobama put pressure on republicans?
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    @Republican5001 I just can't get the image out of my head. Will you be wearing gray uniforms this time? The womens fashion mags and GQ want to know...
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    If Obama had 1/100 the ability that Johnson had to win over/ browbeat/cagole/blackmail/thre aten or otherwise convince congressmen and senators to do the right thing we'd have single payer healthcare now. But thank God Obama has the strength of character to not to allow the military industrial complex to get us into another middle east war.
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    Don't worry, Obamacare will destroy the health insurance industry quickly and then there will be no choice but to go with nationalized healthcare.
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    I've heard the reason Johnson had the ability to "win over/ browbeat/cagole/blackmail/thre aten or otherwise convince congressmen and senators to do the right thing", but its not something that's necessarily brought up in polite company I suppose.
    Lets just say, there's a reason his surname is also a nickname for something.
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    Keep in mind we've got a Senate Majority leader who filibustered his own bill and a House Majority Leader who couldn't even bring his own bill to a vote just now. It doesn't matter what Obama does, you can't make this stuff up
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    @Fishbone345 Johnson was tight with J Edgar and probably knew some deep dark secrets. He was also a brilliant politician and knew which buttons to push to get his desired results. Read the Robert A Caro books to learn more than you'll ever want to know about LBJ. You'll even find out about Jumbo.
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    Mr. Updegrove, LBJ was such an incredibly interesting figure in US history...It must be so interesting directing his presidential library. Thanx for the article.
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    It's been four years - he's done nothing , doing anything even if it's wrong is at least an attempt. LBJ was a serious racist - read his words why he decided to start what we know know as today's 'welfare system'. People like him & even obama , Jackson & Sharpton is why the 'Reverend Martin Luther King ' was a Republican . Get an education.
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    In LBJs day, lobbyists weren't the all-pervading influence that they are now. That changes the game considerably. And it's partly the reason the Republicans in the house are so prone to anarchy, they all work for lobbyists, not the party or the voters.
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    rumble Kesslers book" inside the White House" gives add different perspective on LBJ as someone who voted against civil rights for 20 years and voted with the Democrat south who were against any form of civil rights for blacks. in fact it was Dwight Eisenhower a Republican who put the first civil rights legislation up in 1957. coincidently it was northern Republicans who passed the bill in 64 with Johnson being quoted on Air Force One with to Governors saying " by signing this legislation I'll have those n#"&*ers voting Democrat for 200 years".

    now I know in America 2012 we are fully vested in revisionist history , but I wonder there seems to be a plethora of questionable LBJ quotes when it comes to racist remarks against blacks even after signing the 64 bill. how does the author square that?
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    Of course, but his arrogance will not let him, he actually thinks he's the smartest man in the room, with the only answers and that all his ideas are golden ones. A person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD) cannot fathom that anything they say could possibly be wrong or incorrect. LBJ, with all his faults, was a master negotiator, he got things done by giving a little here and taking a bit there. Obama is the epitome of "It's My Way or the Highway" type of thinking. He will never compromise, cajole, or even try to enlist the help of the other side, therefore his second term will, as history finally unfolds without the adoration of the current crop of MSM, also be a stunning failure and historians will wonder how the American people were so misguided as to reelect him for a second 4 years of total failure.
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    Compromize, isnt what we send people to DC for.
    We try to elect people who in turn represent us "The People" but most fail
    I look for all anti gun people to take a HUGE fall at the next elections.
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    Compromise is >exactly< why we send them to DC. There is no way that all of us will every agree on everything, and if our representatives are too pig-headed to compromise, nothing gets done, which is what we have now. Do you really expect to be happy with each and every bill that comes out of congress?
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    Absolutely!!! That is the only way anything can get done. This is not a dictatorship. President Obama cannot just come up with a bill and pass it on his own. There are Democrats that even oppose him on some things. He needs both sides of the isle!
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    One thing Obama certianly needs to learn is how to deal, in every way. How to use his power to push things through when he can, how to trade pirk for votes when he can and how to persuade. He can start by watching the movie Lincoln. Very interesting article. Thank you for it.
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    was that the vampire movie? hard to push things through a house that votes straight up the majority party lines regardless of the worth of the bill.
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    @woodtick57 not sure if your kidding, no not the vampire movie, though there are certianly bloodsuckers present in the house today. This was the movie was just called "Lincoln"
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    Back when our representative understood they were sent to DC to get the job done. Compromise takes intelligence..hey, maybe we need more women in congress seems their IQs are higher....
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