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Career liberals let conservatives steal their clothes again

Even Frank Rich is noticing:

Wall Street owns our government,” Beck declared in one rant this July. “Our government and these gigantic corporations have merged.” He drew a chart to dramatize the revolving door between Washington and Goldman Sachs in both the Hank Paulson and Timothy Geithner Treasury departments. A couple of weeks later, Beck mockingly replaced the stars on the American flag with the logos of corporate giants like G.E., General Motors, Wal-Mart and Citigroup (as well as the right’s usual nemesis, the Service Employees International Union). Little of it would be out of place in a Matt Taibbi article in Rolling Stone. Or, we can assume, in Michael Moore’s coming film, “Capitalism: A Love Story,” which reportedly takes on Goldman and the Obama economic team along with conservative targets.

Unlike liberal critics of capitalist inequities, of course, Beck and his claque are driven by an over-the-top detestation of government. Washington is always the enemy, stealing their hard-earned money to redistribute it to the undeserving and shiftless poor (some of whom just happen to be immigrants or black). Though there is nothing Obama can do to stop racists from being racist, he could help stanch the economic piece of this by demonstrating how a reformed government can at times actually make Americans’ lives better. That’s what F.D.R. did, and that’s the promise Obama made, swaying some Republicans and even some racists, during the campaign.

So, if you were going to leverage populist sentiment on health care, what would you do?

Get behind the pissant "public option" (or "plan" (whatever that means))?

Or abolish the insurance companies with single payer?

Thanks, "progressives"!

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Brian.Nelson's picture
Submitted by Brian.Nelson on

You guys just cannot get past the racism. It really doesn't say much for you, you know? Does it ever enter your mind that many of us just disagree with liberal policies? What do you do when blacks disagree with a black liberal President or black Governors or black Senators? casino online

Submitted by lambert on

I love it. Having been smeared as a racist by the OFB during the primaries, I'm quite alie to the issue of false charges of racism, thanks very much.

Do try to keep track.

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Submitted by vastleft on

I guess we'll have to wait until there's a black liberal President to see what happens.

In the meantime, we have a black neo-conservative Democrat. I wish y'all would appreciate all he does for those of you who disagree with liberals. It seems so unfair that such a friend to Reaganesque policies doesn't get his due from you folks.