Matt Taibbi: He won’t believe what Wall Street stooge-meister Obama says about jobs (neither should you)
Time for an outrage of the day! Unfortunately, a demoralized left, for the most part, won’t call out Obama for his hypocrisy; neither will it undertake a campaign to educate progs, Repubs, and independents, with a view towards Dumping Obama from the ticket.
But I remember following Obama on the campaign trail and hearing all sorts of promises before union-heavy crowds. He said he would raise the minimum wage every year; he said he would fight free-trade agreements. He also talked about repealing the Bush tax cuts and ending tax breaks for companies that move jobs overseas.
It’s not just that he hasn’t done those things. The more important thing is that the people he’s surrounded himself with are not labor people, but stooges from Wall Street. Barack Obama has as his chief of staff a former top-ranking executive from one of the most grossly corrupt mega-companies on earth, JP Morgan Chase. He sees Bill Daley in his own office every day, yet when it comes time to talk abut labor issues, he has to go out and make selected visits twice a year or whatever to the Richard Trumkas of the world.
Listening to Obama talk about jobs and shared prosperity yesterday reminded me that we are back in campaign mode and Barack Obama has started doing again what he does best – play the part of a progressive. He’s good at it. It sounds like he has a natural affinity for union workers and ordinary people when he makes these speeches. But his policies are crafted by representatives of corporate/financial America, who happen to entirely make up his inner circle.
I just don’t believe this guy anymore, and it’s become almost painful to listen to him.
BTW, “(neither should you)” is my editorializing, not Taibbi’s words.
BlackAgendaReport has a brief summary article on Obama’s more general hypocrisies: After Years of Abuse, Obama Now Woos Democratic Base Unfortunately, like FDL, dailykos, democraticunderground, etc., etc., BlackAgendaReport shows little to no detectable inclination to leverage it’s readership to at least educate the unblogged masses.
I have to wonder about blog-meisters who are basically chronicling the demise of the Titanic, and yet seem content with that role. Shakespeare comes to mind : “To sleep, perchance to dream”…..
Once again, many links here about how to both expand the scope of progressive memes. See my diaries re voting blocs and game theory re how not to fight with one hand tied behind your back.