When President Obama was elected in a landslide under the banner of “hope” and “Change,” I like other liberals held my breath and hoped he would come out swinging like FDR against the corporations who have co-opted our government.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt grew up in a wealthy family in New York but the American aristocracy would come to call him a “traitor to his class” because of the policies he championed that reigned in the corrupt bankster class, put government on the side of the People over corporations, and created a semblance of a social safety net. Barack Obama grew up in a single parent, middle class, family and is his actions so far point to the fact that he is far from the man I hoped he would be.
FDR’s New Deal helped save America from the fist Republican Great Depression brought on by the same greed and lack of regulation which brought us the current crisis. The Republicans have been dismantling the New Deal whenever and however they can, and walla – another bubble and crash. The Republican Party has no actual solutions – they only have an ideology that fails whenever its tried. Yet, they hang on to it like the dead-enders they are. There is no “free market” in the same way that a game of football is just an unorganized mob if there are no rules. I, for one, am grateful that my ass doesn’t explode with a bout of explosive diarreha whenever I, say, drink tap water due to government regulatory standards.
Ideally, WE are the government and government should be on the side of the People by regulating the corporations who have their boots on our necks. In reality we have a corrupted government whose agents (ALL Republican politicians and a LARGE PART of Democratic politicians) operate inside government to rig the game against the People. Government is the only entity large enough to stand between rapacious corporations and the people they seek to exploit without restraint.
Right wing freaks in government and their Stockholm Syndrome suffering followers, reach into their bag of standard tricks and ignorantly label him a “Socialist. ” In reality, Barack Obama has done everything in his power to prop up a failed Capitalist system which routinely requires taxpayer-funded subsidies to counter the destruction of greed-centered, bubble and bust cycles.
We are now approaching the end of President Obama’s first year in office and the corporate capitulation that went on with the health bill points to the fact our government may be corrupted by corporate money to the extent that it cannot be salvaged. Without a Public Option, or Medicaid buy-in “compromise,” the health insurance bill is nothing more than the Democrats doing for the health insurance racketeers the same thing that Monica did for Bill.
I agree with Howard Dean. This giveaway that FORCES Americans to buy insurance from the very ghoulish corporations who have killed 45,000 Americans a year and sent millions more into bankruptcy is a CRIME.
Watch Keith Olberman’s Special Comment about the Sham Health Insurance Racket giveaway:
For a long time I believed that Barack Obama was playing a smart political game and would pull off REAL health reform before all was said and done – but now it is apparent that the “change” promised is only to the facade. The faces may change, and the rhetoric coherent and inspiring, but the fundamentals are exactly the same. Corporations have won. We the People are viewed as merely the hosts for parasitic companies to suck profit from until it can discard the husk and charge you for the privilege.
Thom Hartman has written an article summing up this rude awakening liberals are experiencing in regards to the hope and change we promised.
Healthcare: First They Came For The Banksters
With apologies to Pastor Niemöller:
First they came for the banksters, and showered them with money and put them in the Administration in a way that was not change we could believe in.
Then they came for the military industrial complex, and sent more and more of our children to die in faraway lands that had never attacked us in a way that was not change we could believe in.
And now they’ve sold out our hope for a national health care system not run by millionaire gangsters in suits. And who is left to speak for us?
President Obama is playing the Bill Clinton game of throwing people a bone and telling them it’s steak. Perhaps he’s doing it because he thinks it’s his only choice; perhaps it’s because he’s surrounded himself with Bill Clinton advisors (and Hillary as Secretary of State); whatever the reason, while it worked for Clinton, it won’t work for Obama.
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