Just Another Disappointment


They’re starting to pile up now, aren’t they?  What’s that, you ask?  What exactly is piling up?

Why it is the similarities between Bush II and Obama.

Remember back after the ’04 election when the religious right claimed that Bush courted them, and then when he won the election, he threw the religious people aside and did what he wanted?  Do you recall those charges?   The disappointment of the right side of the Republican party?

Well, now Obama has done it to the progressives. (And you’ll notice I do not preface either name with the word President.  I’ve lost respect for them.)  Obama wrote a book, “The Audacity of Hope,” which gained him a following.  He made lofty campaign speeches, which gained him an even larger, youthful following.

Well, I am not going to list all the disappointments that Obama has dumped on the Progressives, but Presidential appointments that had caused the problems they were appointed to fix (Geither/Summers come to mind), and lack of support for Dawn Johnson and the Public Option are some of the more prominent ones.

Now comes this Glenn Greenwald column re: Alan Simpson and the Catfood Commission (my emphasis):

The President’s Deficit Commission is designed to be as anti-democratic and un-transparent as possible.  Its work is done in total secrecy.  It is filled with behind-the-scenes political and corporate operatives who steadfastly refuse to talk to the public about what they’re doing.  Its recommendations will be released in December, right after the election, to ensure that its proposals are shielded from public anger. And the House has passed a non-binding resolution calling for an up-or-down/no-amendments vote on the Commission’s recommendations, long considered the key tactic to ensuring its enactment.  The whole point of the Commission is that the steps which Washington wants to take — particularly cuts in popular social programs, such as Social Security — can occur only if they are removed as far as possible from democratic accountability.  As the economist James Galbraith put it when testifying before the Commission in July:

Your proceedings are clouded by illegitimacy. . . . First, most of your meetings are secret, apart from two open sessions before this one, which were plainly for show. There is no justification for secret meetings on deficit reduction. No secrets of any kind are involved. . . .

Second, that some members of the commission are proceeding from fixed, predetermined agendas. Third, that the purpose of the secrecy is to defer public discussion of cuts in Social Security and Medicare until after the 2010 elections. You could easily dispel these suspicions by publishing video transcripts of all of your meetings on the Internet, and by holding all future meetings in public . . .

Conflicts of interest constitute the fourth major problem. The fact that the Commission has accepted support from Peter G. Peterson, a man who has for decades conducted a relentless campaign to cut Social Security and Medicare, raises the most serious questions.

I really do not have anyone that represents my interests in Washington.  John Boehner represents the millionaires that donate enough money to let him golf in the Bahamas in the winter.  Barack Obama represents the uber-millionaires like the Koch brothers from Koch Industries.

Wall Street screws up.  Main Street pays.

GM screws up. Main Street and the Unions pay.

Dept of Defense needs more extreme killing machines.  Borrow the money.

Local government doesn’t have enough money to run the schools.  Lay off teachers.

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The social programs we have in place now, including, but not limited to, Social Security, Medicaid, Unemployment Insurance, Public Assistance and others are what is keeping the country from being in a Great Depression.  These are called “transfer payments” but really are a way to keep some level of money moving through the economy.  They are what keeps us from seeing the elderly in bread lines.

And that includes me, because I counted on Social Security and Medicare to be there while I was going to work for over forty-five years.

So, “Yes,” the selling out of the ‘progressives’ is a great disappointment.  Would McCain have been any worse ? ?

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