Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Obama Caves

I don't know where to start with my response to Obama's cave in last night to extending the Bush tax cuts for the rich.

Even though I knew he would give in to the Republican demands for tax cuts, I felt sick to my stomach when he made the announcement last night.  My feeling was one of betrayal.  

Remember what he ran on?  NO TAX CUTS FOR THOSE WHO MAKE OVER $250,000.

Another campaign promise broken.

Here is a partial list of campaign promises that Obama has not kept:

  • End of tax cuts for families making over $250,000 a year - Obama said he will support an extension of the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans for two years
  • No taxes for seniors who make less than $50,000 a year - since Obama was elected president there has been no mention of this campaign promise
  • Withdrawal from Iraq - we're still there
  • End of DADT - Obama's Justice Department appeals court rulings that attempt to stop expulsion of gay service members until if and when Congress repeals the DADT law 
  • Withdrawal from Guantanamo Bay - we're still there
  • End of wireless wiretapping of American citizens - we're still doing it
  • End of torture - we're still doing torturing
Obama and his administration touts their "accomplishment" the health care bill.  This is the same health care bill in which they didn't even fight for the public option which would keep costs down by competition.  Obama promised in his campaign that all negations would be conducted in public over C-SPAN.  Didn't happen.  Negotiations with the drug and insurance companies were done behind closed doors.  A deal was worked out where the insurance companies would get 43 million new customers with the mandatory provision of the health care bill but without the public option.  Again, Obama supported a bill that made it look like something was "being done" but in effect it is a lousy bill because the insurance companies will only raise their rates to cover the provisions of the bill that requires insurance companies not to cap their maximum payout and turn down people because or prior medical conditions.  

It is obvious now that Obama the president is not the same Obama the candidate. 

"Change that you can believe in?"  

No, Obama has proven by his performance the past two years that he takes the course of least resistance. 

Bill Clinton was right, Obama gives a good speech. 

Mark this date on your calendar.  Obama will be a one term president.  After last night's action, in which he didn't even fight for his campaign promise not to give tax cuts for those who make over $250,000, he has lost his base.  

The terrorists Republicans have won.


  1. Ron,

    I saw a bumper sticker stuck on a guard rail this morning that said, "Do you believe in change? Then why'd you vote for Obama?"

    Did you put it there?


  2. I would've Larry if I had one. I thought the same thing myself, why vote for Obama? No change. He's just Bush Light. I am so bummed out about him. I can't tell you.

  3. Those in power create laws to keep themselves in power, and use the state resources of police and army to keep themselves in power.

    This was true of the old monarchs, and it is true of government leaders.

    They make just enough concessions to the "people" to stop a revolution ousting them from power.

    Of course, if you say this out loud you get called a goddam communist.

  4. I agree with you totally Kim. What do you think of this whole Wikileaks situation? Think it is just a coincidence that Interpol is after Julian Assange's ass? Knowledge is power. Assange committed a grave error. He threatened their power by releasing all those documents.

  5. No one has actually denied the authenticity of any of these leaks. No one has said any of them are untrue. They just keep saying he shouldn't have done it because its put lives at risk. Of course, sending our troops into foreign countries to line the pockets of the super wealthy also puts lives at risk, but no one mentions that.

    If you've not seen it, here's a good article, written by the man himself:



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