Not heard in Charlotte: TARP, stimulus, climate
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – They are the missing pages of a convention story line, ideas and initiatives once prominently featured in President Barack Obama's agenda.
Climate change. Economic stimulus. The massive bank bailout known as TARP. The stimulus and the bailout remain politically poisonous while regulatory remedies for climate change have receded as a priority in a poor economy.
All three were central elements of either Obama's last campaign or his first years in office. But at the Democratic National Convention, they barely rate a mention, even as they complement or undergird some of the president's top policy goals: shoring up the economy, reversing a financial crisis and achieving energy independence.
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