We are being sold out. Medicre and Social Security are on the table, thanks to Obama. It is what he wants. It is who he is. We can’t trust Obama. The trust once evident in his base is disintergrating. I understand that people aren’t surprised anymore that Obama is caving. It can’t be caving if that is what Obama really believes.
We still should not surprised. In 2009, clear signals emerged that President Obama was eager to achieve what George W. Bush could not: cut social security. Before he was even inaugurated, Obama repeated the right’s manipulative rhetorical tactic: that, along with Medicare, the program was in crisis and producing “red ink as far as the eye can see.” President – elect Obama thus promised that these crown jewels of his party since the New Deal would be a “central part” of his efforts to reduce the deficit. We did not listen and we did not pay attention. We remained silent.
That wasn’t the case in 2005. In 2005, Democrats, liberals acheved one our important political victories of the last decade. George Bush tried to privitize social security, and he was destroyed. His plan would have gutted the essential part of the entitlement program by converting it from what it has been since the 1940’s – -a universal promise of minimally decent living conditions and health care for the elderly and poor – – into a Wall Street jackpot. Give to the rich so they can get richer.
Liberal and progressive bloggers relentlessly, continually attacked the plan and the reason , the lie that social security faced a crisis, creating nationwide opposition. A few months after he presented his plan to great applause, Bush was forced to humilitatingly take it back. It was a huge defeat.
The political point had been made. While there are very few unifying principles for the Democratic party, the primary one, is constant defense of basic entitilement programs for the poor and the enderly – social security, Medicare and Medicaid – from the rich, corporations that have for a long time targeted them for cuts.
We have no on to blame but ourselves now. We ignored the signs, not wanting to believe that our party leader was a devoted and dedicated as he claimed to attacking the primary safety net for the elderly and poor. But some saw the the truth. The liberal blogger and economist Duncan “Atrios” Black, who led the fight against Bush’s plan promised in answer to these early reports:
The left….will create an epic 360 degree shitstorm if Obama and the Democrats decide that cutting social security benefits is a good idea.
Now, Obama not only wants , but is the driving force for deep and major cuts to social security and Medicare.
The same Obama who supported the transfer of $700bn to bail out Wall Street, gave in to and extended the Bush tax cuts for the rich, and who has hastened America’s bankruptcy – posturing for of the Endless War, now wants to reduce the debt by cutting benefits for the most vulnerable, at the exact time that economic insecurity and income inequality are at their highest point. He has continued terrorism policies indefinite detention, renditions, secret prisons by proxy, and sweeping secrecy.
And we still by his bullshit. In so many ways and areas, he has done the most to subvert and weaken the left’s political agenda than a GOP president could have ever dreamed of achieving. So powerful and far-reaching are tribal loyalties in American politics that partisans will support, tolerate, any and all policies our party leaders endorse. Even those policies we have hated for years.
Obama has given us unprecedented war on whistleblowers, taking the power to assassinate U.S. citizens without due process far from any battlefield.
Now he is spending all his time and his presidential power to cutting the entitlement programs that have defined the Democratic party since Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal.
He continue to say that he wants bipartisan agreement. But once that happens, it taken out of the mainstream, the limelight, and removed from the partisan wars, and is adopted by leadership of both parties. This is why the mainstream press has not pursued this story and told us the truth.
But where is the “epic shitstorm” from the left? Except few bloggers like me, there is nothing out there. It is time for us to organize. The liberal blog Firedoglake has a petition for Obama supporters promising to withhold re-election support if he follows through with this.
Now Obama is on the edge of injecting what was politically poison and unattainable dream of Wall Street and the American right – assault on the nation’s social safety net – into the heart and should of the Democratic party’s platform. Those liberals guided more by party loyalty than real belief will seamlessly transform from livid opponents of such cuts into their primary defenders.
The Left will lose it identity and power, and most importantly it primary policy and policy if Obama wins.
We are doing this to ourselves. We must speak. We must shout. We must fight.
Chris Hayes on his blog entitled Decision Makers explains it better than I.
I have said it before in an earlier post: Obama is a Republican!!!!!!
It all goes back to the “shellacking” Obama took in the 2010 elections. The President’s political advisers studied the numbers and concluded that the voters wanted the government to spend less. … [T]he political advisers believed that elections are decided by middle-of-the-road independent voters, and this group became the target for determining the policies of the next two years.