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Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Class Warfare & the Ruling Elites

Paul Jay, Senior Editor of The Real News Network spells out why the weakness of the democrats and Obama may have handed their control in Congress over to the far right. In this election cycle once again we are left with very few progressive options and in many cases you should "hold your nose" when picking a candidate.

Paul Jay's top 6 reasons the Obama administration's bad decisions may have handed control back to the Republicans.

"Number 6: Not investigating Bush and Cheney for criminal actions while in office - including the deaths of at least 100,000 or more Iraqi civilians in a war founded on lies; illegal wire-tapping; authorizing the use of torture; and at the very least, for gross negligence or worse in the events that led to the attacks on 9/11. First of all, it would have been the principled thing to do. It would have told all future administrations that they are not above the law and the constitution. From a political point of view, it would put the Republicans on the defence for years to come. This decision not only let Bush/Cheney off the hook for all of the above, it was the start of Obama’s naïve bipartisanship policy, that left the previous administration off the hook for the economic meltdown as well. Instead, Bush is rehabilitated with an assignment to go help Haiti.

Number 5 reason for the resurgence of the republican party. Bailing out bankers and not the banking system. Obama appointed a Wall Street crowd to advise him, allowed public money to refloat banks and investment houses that gambled and lost, without demanding any real public control or any public interest mandate. Bankers made more obscene bonuses and continue to sit on billions dollars of cash, while unemployment, foreclosures and bankruptcies ruin countless lives. Instead of taking advantage of a moment when bankers were on their knees, he gave them back keys to their Lamborghinis.

Number 4 reason of how the Democratic part helped the resurgence of the Republicans: Not using the GM/Chrysler bailout as an opportunity to build a green economy. President Obama campaigned for rebuilding America's infrastructure and a new green transportation system. Instead, after billions of public dollars, we are getting an auto industry based on lower wages, fewer jobs, making more or less the cars they were already making. The message could have been if you want public dollars, then you have to serve the public interest. If a public option made sense for health insurance, why not for the auto industry as well? If we are going to take climate change seriously, where was there a better place to start?

Number 3: Not defending the public option for health care reform. The summer of 2009 was the start of the Tea Party surge and the rebranding of the Republican Party. For months, the White House fiddled while their health care reform burned. When the process began, polls showed that most people were ready for a government run health insurance program of some sort. The insurance industry wanted a more regulated environment where everybody had to buy insurance. The industry got what they wanted, big Pharma got a sweetheart deal to boot, and most people were left dazed and confused by the process.

Number 2: Not bringing a promised new mindset to US foreign policy. The underlying assumption that the US must dominate the globe by projecting military power everywhere goes unquestioned. The almost trillion dollar military budget goes untouched, when the funds are desperately needed at home. Not only did this help to fiscally tie the President's hands, it put him in an unholy alliance with the Republicans who gave him more support for his Afghan adventure than he had within his own party. It also freed the Libertarian section of the Tea Party, people like Rand Paul who say they are against the empire and the two wars, to cover up their unholy alliance with people like Karl Rove and the others that not only brought us two wars but also the Patriot Act and other things Libertarians are supposed to abhor.

The Number 1 reason for the resurgence of the Republican Party: The Democratic Party allowed Republicans to rebrand themselves as populist behind the skirts of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party. How did the Dems accomplish this? By not fighting for a bigger more effective stimulus package. Not fighting for a direct government jobs program. Not fighting the deficit hawks by taxing those who had cashed in during the bubbles, and making them pay down the debt. Not fighting for promised legislation that would have made organizing unions easier and for polices that would have significantly lowered workers tax burden and raised wages. Not seriously dealing with urban poverty and immigration reform, which would have given blacks, Latinos, young people and the poor a reason to vote on Tuesday. By trying to negotiate by-partisan agreements instead of calling on the millions of people who voted for Obama to mobilize in the streets and on the web in support of policies that are more likely to have been effective. To talk to their neighbors; to win them over to a real change of course. In other words, by fighting for the change people thought they had voted for. "

More at The Real News


In 2006 when the "Democrats took back Congress" both Pelosi & Reid shared their vision and enthusiasm.
“This new Democratic majority has heard the voices of the American people,” said Rep. Nancy Pelosi..
“The days of the do-nothing Congress are over,” declared Democratic Sen. Harry Reid ..

And what did they do? SSDD...
They continued to ignore the needs of the people and caved to the 'Party of No'.

Then along comes Obama, Mr "Hope & Change" and what did we get?
Same Shit Different Day over and over ...

4 YEARS WASTED in an effort to appear bipartisan. There was an opportunity to make some real changes, but no the Democrats & Obama repeatedly extended their hands across the isle only to have it smacked by the Republican filibuster.
Some people may say they were trying to compromise, I say they just threw in the towel.

Any questions?

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