Obama’s Phony-Baloney State of the Union Speech
Tuesday night Obama set up a 2015 agenda that Glen Ford in “State of the Union 2015: Lethal, Predatory, Delusional” asserts would have been a modest and easy win in 2009 and 2010 when the Dems dominated both houses, but hasn’t a snowball’s chance in hell with a Republican Congress.
In 2009 and 2010 Obama fed us, the citizens who put him into office, to the proverbial wolves, or as Ford lists them, “bankers, Wall Street, private insurers and Big Pharma.”
Now that Democrats are the endangered species on Capitol Hill, Obama hangs a piñata of subsidized community college education, additional tax deductions for child care, seven days paid sick leave, higher capital gains taxes on the wealthy, and billions in fees on casino bankers.
On closer examination, his grab bag of bills and requests for legislation contains even less than advertized – a vapor-thin rhetorical veneer for a center-right presidency whose real accomplishment has been to re-inflate the Wall Street casino, flush the last vestiges of secure employment out of the economy, and put the imperial war machine back on the offensive.
Corporate pundits describe Obama’s antics as an appeal to his party’s “base.” In a world in which words actually mean something, a politician’s base would be composed of the people whose interests he actually serves, rather than those he victimizes.
Obama shamelessly and mendaciously bragged:
The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.
Obama bragged that over the last five years businesses have created 11 million new jobs. Ford points out that Obama didn’t explain that most of these jobs are “low wage and highly insecure” and that 5 million workers have dropped out of the job market (1/2 a million just in December alone).
Obama presented the happy existence of one couple in Minneapolis who have regained employment. Ford discloses that wages for Blacks relative to whites have regressed back to 1980 levels and that Black household wealth has collapsed.
Ford points out that razzle-dazzler Obama did not even mention by name the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) (its nickname “NAFTA on steroids”). This deal is all about profiteering for the global corporate class and is being arranged in TOTAL SECRECY. Obama kept it that way Tuesday, instead insisting “both parties ... give me trade promotion authority.” Obama wants a “fast track” passage of the TPP legislation -- meaning it should be passed UNREAD by Congress -- for purposes in Obama’s words: “to protect American workers, with strong new trade deals from Asia to Europe that aren’t just free, but fair.”
Fair????? Anybody want to buy a bridge that leads from Manhattan to Brooklyn?
It was NAFTA and other “free trade” agreements that sent US jobs to South and Latin America and China 20 years ago, reminds Ford. But mendacious Obama asks us to trust him in trade negotiations, that the latest monster and secret trade deal he is intending to commit to will bring jobs back from China.
How do you say “SCREW YOU” in Obama-talk? "TRUST ME."
Obama has overseen the hyper-production of U.S. oil and gas and turned the White House into PR central for the fracking industry.
China, having served Obama’s speechifying purposes as the jobs-stealing boogeyman, then becomes a prop for presidential self-congratulation on the environment.
“In Beijing,” he said, “we made an historic announcement. The United States will double the pace at which we cut carbon pollution, and China committed, for the first time, to limiting their emissions.”
One million new barrels of U.S. oil per day have flooded world markets, further encouraging fossil fuel-intensive development and global warming. ...
Obama bragged of the US alliance with Ukrainian NAZIS (omitting of course the use of that "n" word). He is so very proud of the oil war now being waged to destabilize Russia, Iran and Venezuela and, what the hey, why not the rest of the world?
We’re upholding the principle that bigger nations can’t bully the small by opposing Russian aggression and supporting Ukraine’s democracy, and reassuring our NATO allies.
And look who's accusing other countries of being bullies.
Obama asked Congress to wage a wider war with the Islamic State.
The Islamic State has risen, Ford points out, thanks to US and Saudi Arabia supporting a mercenary network of international jihadists for three decades for proxy war, shock troop purposes! The latest goal for these shock troops is regime change in Syria.
MAJOR COGNITIVE DISSONANCE, ANYONE?
Then there is Iraq where we supposedly withdrew five years ago and where we are decidedly back.
Lying Obama began his address with:
Tonight, for the first time since 9/11, our combat mission in Afghanistan is over.
Afghanistan is where 10,000 mostly Special Forces US troops remain on “indefinite assignment”.
Obama even promised “to reform America’s criminal justice system so that it protects and serves us all.”
So said the man who gave the final coup de grace to due process and the rule of law with his preventive detention bill, his Tuesday assassination sessions, and his ever expanding Kill List.
While the US is destroying the world, it is also destroying the living standards of the majority of its citizens, but the oligarchy is doing just SWELL in terms of crony capitalism profiteering thanks to the protection and nurturance of both Democrat and Republican politicians pimped out to and being very well compensated by it.
Obama bragged about his 2004 speech in Boston at the Democratic convention, his first national television appearance.
I gave a speech in Boston where I said there wasn’t a liberal America, or a conservative America; a black America or a white America — but a United States of America.
No, Barack. There is pretty much a F*CKED America, thanks to sell-out, bullshitting politicians like you.
[cross-posted on open salon]