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Have I mentioned lately what an asshole Obama is?

Jamie Galbraith has a fine takedown here:

The debt deal will make things clear. The President is not a progressive – he is not what Americans still call a “liberal.” He is a willful player in an epic drama of faux-politics, an operative for the money power, whose job is to neutralize the left with fear and distraction and then to pivot rightward and deliver a conservative result.

What Barack Obama got from the debt deal was exactly what his sponsors have wanted: a long-term lock-in of domestic spending cuts, and a path toward severe cuts in the core New Deal and Great Society insurance programs – Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And, of course, no tax increases at all.

To see the arc of political strategy, recall that from the beginning Obama handed economic policy to retainers recruited from the stables of Robert Rubin. From the beginning, he touted “fiscal responsibility” and played up the (economically non-existent) “problem” of the budget deficit. From the beginning his team sabotaged economic recovery with optimistic forecasts and inadequate programs – in the clear interest of protecting the banking system from reform.


And the President too is a young man. Unlike say Lyndon B. Johnson or Jimmy Carter, when his term ends he won't be able simply to go home. He'll need a big house in a gated suburb, with high walls and rich friends. And a good income, too, from book deals and lecture fees. He may be thinking about that now.

The good news is: it won't save him. For if and when he ventures out, for the rest of his life, the eyes of all those, whose hopes he once raised will follow him. The old, the poor, the jobless, the homeless: their eyes will follow him wherever he goes.

No they won't. Obama will keep on living in a bubble, just like he does now. That is what a gated community is for.

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Submitted by Hugh on

Of course, Obama can not do any of this without the support of the Democratic Party. That is what writers like Galbraith need to point out at each and every opportunity. It isn't just Obama who sold his soul to the moneylenders. It was the whole party. It is our elites in general. The Democrats are as much the enemies of ordinary Americans as the Republicans. I continue to look for and urge writers like Galbraith to make a clean and irrevocable break from them.

Submitted by MontanaMaven on

sadly to say, writers like Galbraith. Come on, are they all really so shocked at all this? Or are they what the rancid honeytrap calls "heat vampires"?
He also calls them "the vote for them in November, protest them in February" crowd.
If you haven't read "The Progressive Movement is a PR Front for Rich Democrats", take a gander at a very disillusioned Democrat who had founded "Center for Media and Democracy" and now realizes he was a tool.
I've read Jamie Galbraith's books and admire his mind and his ethics, but he and others like him must, as you say Hugh, break with the Democrats. The charade, the kayfabe must end by starting to denounce even good people like Galbraith who will not really challenge the status quo. Unless they are willing to leave en masse this dead donkey's carcass, we don't stand a chance.

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Submitted by dameocrat on

It boggles my mind how the netroots can blame the Republicans for stuff like this North Carolina deregulation of Charter Schools , knowing full well the many Democrats like Barack Obama, Rahm Emanuel, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Corrie Booker advocate the same shit.

They persist in pretending that the Democrats would govern differently on this issue. Just like they pretended they would govern differently on war on terror. Just like they pretended that they would govern differently on economic issues.

I don't know whether they are deliberately dumb or trying to pull the wool over everyone elses eyes. It is unbelievable to me that they never see this!