Do you ever get the impression that Obama is not only either utterly powerless to produce any positive progressive results, in which case he’s not worth voting for, or he’s got the power to produce progressive results and refuses to, in which case he’s not worth voting for – but that it’s even worse than that – and that he has become so completely disconnected from the day to day reality and the concerns of ordinary Americans that he now is deliberately and actively working for the republican party and their millionaire/billionaire donors and against the interests of the people who voted for him in 2008?
Yesterday Doyle McManus wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times on Team Obama’s victory plan, analyzing Senior White House Adviser (the “brains” behind the president’s 2008 campaign) David Plouffe’s comments at a breakfast Wednesday, July 6, 2011, organized by Bloomberg news.
McManus reported in that article that Team Obama sees four reasons they expect to win the 2012 election, and Plouffe’s first reason was unbelievably disconnected from reality:
First, Plouffe suggested, Obama has an opportunity to improve his standing among independent voters — many of whom deserted the Democrats in the 2010 midterm election — by working with Republicans toward bipartisan deficit-reduction measures.
As Thom Hartmann reminded yesterday:
The President is trying to pitch a $4 trillion deficit reduction package over the next 10 years – that slashes away at programs mostly affecting the working class and even cuts up the social safety net in America – trimming $400 billion from Medicare and Medicaid. All of these tough cuts will be in exchange for closing a few tax loopholes for corporations, millionaires, and billionaire. Ultimately, President Obama’s deal is heavy on spending cuts, light on tax hikes.
We have a society in which 400 Americans own more wealth that 150 million other Americans. We have a society in which 50% of all the children in America will depend on food stamps at some point in their life before they are 18 – and among African American children that number is 90%. We no longer live in a just society – and if Brzezinski is right – turbulent times could be ahead for America.
It’s become increasingly obvious over the past two years that Obama does not “cave” to the republican party – when someone continually goes along on everything with someone else whom they ‘claim’ to be opposing, it’s not “caving”, it’s the plan.
Fortunately, Obama did promise transparency when he was campaigning, and now almost no one has any problem seeing through him.
Here is a man on the street video interview of Independents responding to the Obama/Plouffe 2012 re-election strategery…
It’s a damn good thing there is only one Independent voter in the whole country who relies on SS and Medicare. Otherwise they might not like having their benefits cuts. If there weren’t only one Independent voter who receives SS and Medicare, Obama’s plan to capture their votes by cutting SS, Medicare and Medicaid benefits might backfire and seriously cost him and the Democratic politicians votes in 2012.