ENOUGH! THE DE-EVOLUTION OF BARACK OBAMA
I like to think that no one was more engaged and energized than I was during the 2008 Presidential campaign and election. I followed the primaries, the conventions and the debates like never before. I was never more proud to cast my vote for a Presidential candidate than I was when I cast my vote for Barack Obama. It was such a good feeling to vote for someone rather than against the other candidate. After all, my first political memory was seeing Richard Nixon resign on television when I was 9 years old.
That being said, I am having more and more trouble reconciling the chasm between Candidate Obama and President Obama. More and more people seem to be having this trouble with each passing day. In the span of two years, Barack Obama has gone from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Walter Mitty.
As Candidate Obama, he bragged to us how he would end the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest 2%. It was one of the cornerstones of his campaign. But now, he’s perverted his position by employing weasily lawyer language, saying he’s against “permanently” extending those same tax cuts for the wealthiest 2% of Americans. No serious political observer is suggesting that these tax cuts for the richest be made permanent. As a matter of fact, Ronald Reagan’s own budget director, David Stockman, is all over the airwaves saying the Bush tax cuts should have never been instituted in the first place, let alone perpetuated. But what does he know, right?
Under the Bush tax cuts, America saw it’s slowest rate of job creation since the end of WWII. If the Bush tax cuts created jobs, unemployment wouldn’t be at 9.8%. Case closed.
If we don’t let them expire now, what reason is there to think they will expire after the next two years, when the GOP’s hand is even stronger. Makes about as much sense as freezing federal workers pay.
It was poetic justice that Obama went into the “Slurpee Summit” with a fat lip as he received the following letter the next day from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
“[W]e write to inform you that we will not agree to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to any legislative item until the Senate has acted to fund the government and we have prevented the tax increase that is currently awaiting all American taxpayers,” the letter reads. “With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities. While there are other items that might ultimately be worthy of the Senate’s attention, we cannot agree to prioritize any matters above the critical issues of funding the government and preventing a job-killing tax hike.”
After receiving this ransom note, President Obama should have countered this threat with a threat of his own, telling them that the matter of tax cuts wouldn’t even be addressed until the unemployment benefits were extended. This is how you stand up to these kinds of tactics.
Extending unemployment benefits in an economic climate like we have now has never been a political football. It’s a winning issue and does not need to be used as a bargaining chip to appease the GOP.
President Obama is letting the GOP re-litigate the failed case for trickle-down economics just because he is so afraid taxes will go up on the middle class. Good thing he wasn’t President during the 1995 government shutdown; he wouldn’t have even got a blowjob.
There are those who say Obama isn’t given enough credit for two of his biggest legislative accomplishments: The Stimulus Bill and Health Care.
But both of these signature issues prove exactly my point.
What his defenders ignore, however, is that both bills were sufficiently neutered in order to gain GOP support. In its final form, 1/3 of the Stimulus Bill contained tax cuts; the GOP’s solution to EVERYTHING. When it was passed,the finished product garnered no support from Republicans. So what did this accomplish? The GOP designed it, didn’t vote for it, then trashed it as a failure.
During the Healthcare debate with a majority in every house, President Obama set up a bipartisan commission to reach a consensus on fixing our broken health care system. With a majority in both houses, why did this President put the GOP on equal footing with his own party on such a critical issue? When do Republicans ever do that when they control both houses? Although poll after poll showed the American people wanted a public option, President Obama threw this away in yet another effort to get Republican votes. And what happened? Not one Republican voted for this bill. Einstein’s definition of insanity comes to mind.
And then came the mid-terms.
The President and his party took what even he called a “shellacking” at the polls. This was just another reward for all of his GOP appeasement. His base stayed home and yet his solution to everything is STILL to treat the Republicans as honest brokers, rather than those bent on his political destruction. As Ted Kennedy once pointed out, we don’t need two Republican parties. If people want to vote Republican, they will vote for the actual Republican, not an incredible simulation.
When will he ever learn?
Mr. President, we voted for Hope and Change. Now we hope YOU change.
If you stand up and fight these bullies, we’ve got your back. It’s not too late.
Comes now the time to find your spine.