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Our good friends at Think Progress are annoyed that NBC and the GOP are accusing President Obama of making a “class warfare” argument.

Here’s another take on the matter: If only that were true!

In truth, President Obama has been a model of middle-of-the-road civility, repeatedly bending over backwards to try and negotiate deals with right-wing ideologues who have zero interest in masking their commitment to class warfare (i.e. the kind that occurs when the wealthy attack and marginalize the middle class and the poor).

As many progressives have noted in recent years, one of the highpoints of Franklin Roosevelt’s presidency occurred when he delivered his famous retort to the nation’s plutocrats: “I welcome their hatred.”

In the final year of his first term, the President would actually do the country a great service if he would actually live up to this accusation by bringing a health measure of combative FDR-like populism to his governance and campaigning. He might even listen again to the following:

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It’s hard to believe the moment has FINALLY arrived, but it is upon us. Eight and a half years after George Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech, President Obama will come to North Carolina today to commemmorate the end of the war in Iraq.

It is, of course, a bittersweet occasion given the horrific loss of life and treasure and mostly non-existent improvements to the world’s political environment that have resulted from the war. America remains mired in Afghanistan.

But, for this one day, let’s be thankful for this important accomplishment and for all the military families around our state who will get to hug and hold their loved ones over the holidays and in the New Year.

Thank you, Mr. President, for delivering on your promise to make this day come to pass.

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Why is it that North Carolinians continue to voice frustration with President Obama and yet, at the same time, express a willingness to give him a second term in office? Aside from the utter moral, political and intellectual vacuity of the Republican challengers, it’s this:

Most North Carolinians want Obama to be Obama – or, at least, the Obama they perceived him to be in 2008 – and they think he can still get there.

Ironically, Obama’s struggles in purple North Carolina are not the result of him being too progressive; they are the result of him being too moderate. Read More

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With President Obama in Raleigh today speaking about his proposed American Jobs Act, it’s worth taking a moment to note the potential impact of the bill on North Carolinians should it pass Congress.

According to data released by the White House, the American Jobs Act would:

  • Cut workers’ payroll tax in half, resulting in a tax cut of $1,300 for a family at North Carolina’s median income of about $42,000,
  • Give a payroll tax cut to 170,000 small businesses in North Carolina,
  • Provide North Carolina with nearly $800 million for highway and transit modernization projects, $676 million to repair and upgrade public schools, and $163 million to modernize community colleges, creating an estimated 20,000 or more local jobs,
  • Provide over $900 million to support 13,400 jobs for teachers and first responders,
  • Prevent 90,400 out-of-work North Carolinians from losing their unemployment insurance benefits, and
  • Create a Pathways Back to Work Fund that could put 4,000 adults and 12,700 youth back to work.

In the coming days, we aim to take a more in-depth look at the likely impact of the separate parts of the American Jobs Act on North Carolinians and the state’s economy.