April 22, 2011
Republished December 18, 2011
This past week President Obama announced his intent to run for re-election in the midst of budget battles going on in Washington. He also gave a speech on his 2012 budget, made immediately after that of the Paul Ryan Republican budget plan. In that presentation, he took on both their deficit plan but more importantly the Republican plan to dismantle Medicare and Medicaid and give more huge tax breaks to corporations and the rich. Those were simple targets and should appeal to anyone over the age of 50 or so who have a brain with a pulse. That should constitute a pretty good kickoff for his campaign.
But he has not supported those in the states dealing with collective bargaining as he said he would. He has not closed Gitmo or stopped the torturing going on with Private Manning. He has not reduced our war mongering everywhere and, in fact, started a new one in Libya. He has not reduced the rape and pillaging going on in our entire economy from Wall Street. He is simply watching gasoline/oil prices go through the ceiling due to Wall Street speculation. And he has not even begun to address the horrendous cancer of our income/wealth inequities. I have decided that I don’t know the answer to the question of “Who is Barack Obama?” But I DO know, he is not the person I supported strongly in 2008. After this article went to press, on April 22, an extraordinary post appeared on Facebook listing in great detail Obama’s record for the past two years. I highly recommend reading this.
So called “liberal” Democrats are even telling us that he was never really liberal; only Republicans believed that. And one thing that is really a burr up my butt is the apparent way he has treated Speaker Nancy Pelosi after the heroic acts she performed in supporting his legislation for two years. The evidence is that Obama has no loyalty to those who have helped him get where he is. These are all character issues for me.
In Washington, a popular expression is that “If you want a friend, get a dog.” But that has clearly transformed in the last few years (or more) to “If you want a friend, find a Corporatist (Corporate Fascist) and especially a billionaire.” That generally marks the merger of the corporations with the government. It’s now not only happening in Washington, but clearly also at the state level as we have described in blogs by Jill Dalton and myself at this site on the subject of facism.
President Obama made getting a dog a high priority after he was elected. But since the election in 2010, Obama has acted in all manners to move strongly to the “center” in his policies and actions. But the “center” now is “far right” of where it has been in decades. Right versus left in politics means an economic policy which favors capitalism over ANY government social policy. So extreme capitalism combined with government operations is pure fascism. Mussolini described it well in Europe in the 1920′s: “Fascism should more properly be called Corporatism because it is the merger of state and corporate power.”
Obama’s leadership style since he was “shellaced” in the 2010 election might be described best as that of the infamous Rodney King after he was thoroughly beaten in L.A. and was quoted as saying: “Can’t we all get along?”
Immediately after the election Obama went to Senator McConnell and Rep. John Boehner to make a “deal.” He abandoned his principles against tax cuts for the rich (saying he was held “hostage”) and gave a 2% payroll tax cuts in social security taxes without even a wimper. Obama claimed he was giving a tax cut while setting up the social security system for attack by the right wing since we were collecting less money in the system. It’s called a “Trojan Horse” folks. A POSTSCRIPT ADDED ON APRIL 18: “BARACK OBAMA IS NOW THE BIGGEST TAX CUTTER IN AMERICAN HISTORY”. In other words, he’s been practicing “voodoo, supply side, trickle down” economics even more than Bush or Reagan!
In February this year, Obama went to the Chamber of Commerce who had spent 10′s of millions of dollars against him in the election and apologized for not bringing them a fruit cake early in his administration. He also offered to sell the services and products of corporations overseas to every place he visited. He invited their representatives to key positions in the White House, including Bill Daley (Chief of Staff), Gene Sperling (Economic Advisor) and Jeffrey Immelt (CEO of GE) as “Jobs” advisor. These new staff people have intimate ties with Wall Street, the Chamber of Commerce and corporations. This comes after his strong commitment earlier to end White House lobbying and the revolving door.
It has been quite interesting to watch this theater and at the same time study charts of the “recovery” for the past two years. The chart at the right of the page shows job recovery from the depths of the recession. By historical standards job recovery is almost nil with few prospects for anything different in the next two years or more. In the meantime, the stock market and earnings by corporations are again approaching their highs at the beginning of the crash as this second chart shows. Putting the two charts together show that corporations have nearly completely recovered with at least 6 million fewer jobs! Wall Street is claiming record profits and continuing to give enormous bonuses; they borrow money from the government at close to zero percentage. And yet the corporatists keep claiming that Obama has been “anti business”? What a crock of crap but it works for them to keep screaming, doesn’t it?
And when was the last time something was said by either Obama and certainly the Republicans about their new “jobs program”. Unemployment is a major result of the recession and a major cause of the deficit and the loss of income through the tax base. When was the last time you heard anything regarding the enormous increase in the inequities in wealth and income that existed even before Obama took office? He quickly abandoned this subject when he was confronted by Joe the Plumber during his 2008 campaign.
What is going on in Washington is all a sham folks and it’s going on in all branches of government. It’s like the bank robbers of old who create a distraction at the end of town (like a fire) and then rob the bank in the middle of town in pure daylight. Obama and many Democrats run down to the end of the street to see what is going on with the fire. When Obama finds the fire was only a brush fire, he declares there is nothing to worry about and goes back to his office to exclaim the economy is still recovering. The continued stupidity or ignorance that exists never ceases to amaze me. It’s the biggest con job, by far, ever witnessed by mankind. The scam works so well and is so easy to keep going that it makes one wonder who Obama works for, huh? Of course, Wall Street only pays huge bonuses don’t they? So, Mr. President, Pete Seeger and I ask: Which Side Are You On?
Then with the events in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, New Jersey, Florida, etc. involving attacks on collective bargaining and the middle class, where Obama had previously said he would “march” with those involved in collective bargaining, he essentially said he had no “shoes.” President Obama’s behaviors and actions should be sharply contrasted with those of FDR in the midst of a long depression over and over again.
Thus while the President is letting the domestic economy decay while he is “fiddling” to the business sector we also have to cope with his international affairs agenda, specifically the war economy. Instead of ending wars in Iraq and Afhanistan where 100′s of billions are spent, he has expanded the war in the latter with no end in sight. He has now decided that since he has the support of the international community he can support a war in Libya, too, even without Congressional approval. These actions are fully supported by the Corporate Class who now have desks in the White House and close access to Wall Street and the oil companies.
The FACT is that our international interventions are all about OIL and banking folks. It has been and it always will be and the claims of a humanitarian cause only apply where oil and terrorists are located and the latter always becomes the excuse. The FACT is that Jimmy Carter wisely cautioned about dependence on oil imports in 1979 and we have ignored that. Carter has been continually castigated for his international actions and even been discarded by the Democratic Party.
The FACT is that we have a stupid, dysfunctional government provided to us by a two party system both of which are controlled by a Corporatist Class system which only desires profit and greed and we have allowed that to exist and expand. And the FACT will be that if we don’t change that we have only ourselves to blame. Obama and the Democratic Party are as worthless as tits on a bull and the Republican Party are active participants in the Corporate coup.
The Tea Party showed us that commitment to street action would make a difference. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the right reasons or causes and they were corrupted by the same sources that caused the problem–the Corporatists. So let’s commit ourselves to Democracy again (a democratic republic ) and let’s do it for the right reasons, huh?
Charts were provided by Business Insider and the sources of the data are on the charts. Images are compliments of Tracy Knauss.