It’s become common to call the Freshman Teabagger Reps in the House “hostage takers” for their willingness to squeeze the life out of vital programs which aim to improve the lot of those on the wrong side of Reaganomics, but these Teabaggers should more accurately be labeled what they are – Terrorists – willing to inflict massive harm on innocent victims to achieve political goals – even if it means the nation’s and the world’s economy crashes into Depression.
Unfortunately, rather than a leader with a backbone and stomach to fight these terrorists, we have Obama… someone who has confused bipartisan “compromise” with “surrender” and whose willingness to offer Social Security and Medicare to those who want them destroyed has done more damage to what was left of the Democratic Party’s core principles of giving voice to the working class in the halls of power than any Teabag terrorist could ever have dreamed during a Republican administration.
On Saturday, Obama negotiated a debt deal in private with Mitch McConnell, the man who said his greatest political objective was not to create jobs for the unemployed, but to make Obama a one-term President. Given that Obama pines for Republican love like a battered spouse pining for an abuser, it’s not surprising Obama met with his turtle-looking closet-case nemesis without any of his supposed Democratic allies – who just can’t understand their star-crossed love.
The “deal” they conspired consists of nothing but cuts across the already bleeding throat of the working class. The tragedy is that by capitulating again, Obama as validated the Republican myth that government is the problem and the only way to lay the ground for a visit from the mythical “Confidence Fairy” is to, as Grover Norquest commanded, “shrink government down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub.”
“The details of the deal are stark: at least $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next two years, a two-stage approach to raising the debt ceiling, and a new committee to recommend further cuts to entitlement programs, along with huge automatic spending cuts if Congress fails to institute that plan. As described, the deal is a major victory for Republicans that will further embolden them over the next 18 months, and may mortally wound Obama’s chances of reelection.
The president told the nation that after ten years the United States would have “the lowest level of annual domestic spending since Dwight Eisenhower was President.” He said this as if it was something to be proud of. The truth is, we are a far different nation today than we were in the 1950s. We have millions more citizens, and are undergoing a major demographic shift as the Baby Boomer generation ages. With health care costs continuing to rise, the squeeze will be on. People will suffer.
The president stated that “I’ve said from the beginning that the ultimate solution to our deficit problem must be balanced.” And yes, Obama has long maintained that revenue increases that would partially balance out any cuts to entitlement programs must be part of any deal. But there are no revenue increases in this deal. And it is surely a pipe dream to imagine that Democrats will be able to include any new revenue increases in further negotiations. After what we’ve seen so far, first in the government shutdown drama and now in the debt ceiling fight — when Republicans hold firm, Democrats give in. The pattern has been set.”
We were warned about Obama
Machinists Union President Tom Buffenbarger counted on Senator Obama to help the Chicago Maytag union workers keep their jobs here in the United States. Sure, Barack Obama gave those Maytag workers a wonderful speech, then proceeded to collect huge campaign bribes from the Crown family of Chicago, owners of Maytag – who then shipped those workers’ jobs out of the country. According the Crown family patriarch- when he met with Obama, the subject of the worker’ jobs never even came up.
Watch Tom Buffenbarger talk about Obama’s betrayal:
As Elizabeth Drew said in the New York Review of Books, “The American people want one thing: jobs.” The Obama Administrations “obsession with cuts, then, is most definitively not the consequence of clear-eyed realism. It’s craven, opportunistic, self-defeating and suffused with denial. They know that cuts are the only things they can reasonably hope to achieve in this Congress without actual leadership & its contingent requirements of public advocacy, true conviction and, yes, leadership.”
Watch Bernie Sanders talk about the devastating impact of these cuts:
The proof stares us in the face. UK austerity measures worsened their economy. Here in the States, Republican governors who cut spending lost more jobs… of course with the added benefit of making the economy worse for 2012.
The empirical evidence from these austerity measures is clear. Cutting spending, cuts JOBS.
So, Obama’s “deal” with the Devil is plain and simply an ANTI-JOBS bill that guarantees more pain ahead. Look at the bright side. The quicker we slide into Depression, the quicker we get to the part where we “Storm the Bastille.”
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