Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Meet the new Oligarch, same as the old Oligarch

I had thought only Republicans were capable of making truly cynical speeches devoid of any real truth. President Obama has proven me wrong. In his speech he said “Because you don't negotiate with hostage takers, [except] when there's a risk the hostage gets harmed. Key thing is that this is a temporary compromise“. By that definition you would always negotiate with hostage takers and give them exactly what they want since hostage takers always have hostages that will be harmed.

And, since when is two years temporary? Especially considering that the next President will be a corporate Republican or worse. His claim that he must help the unemployed is a hollow claim because despite the Republican talk of the unemployed receiving 3 years of benefits there is nothing in the proposal to help the 99ers. With over 2 million out of benefits and the number growing rapidly, Obama’s concern is little better than crocodile tears for the people in the most need.

Corporations now put it right in their ads that “only those with jobs or recently laid off” need apply. The talking point is their skills are stale and there are 3 million unfilled jobs for lack of these skills. I’ll bet you a bowl of curry that they know exactly where to get workers with those skills and they’ll work for a third the pay. They come with the added benefit of being indentured to the company that gets them a visa. No shopping around for a better job, no complaining about working conditions or it’s back to Bombay on the next plane.

Now Obama is threatening the Democrats in Congress that the economy will collapse if they don’t give the hostage takers what they want. Obama is not stalling while the SWAT team comes rather he truly has Stockholm syndrome. Picture Obama as a newspaper heiress in a wig wearing a mini-skirt while brandishing a machine gun in a bank.

Obama said today that the economists have crunched the numbers and paint a rosy picture if we give into the rich holding a gun at the heads of the poor. These are the same economists who are always wrong when any new numbers come out. He has proposed no fundamental reforms but rather he is plowing ahead with more “free” trade. Like freedom and lunch, trade isn’t free. The founding fathers understood this. They fought a bloody war and literally risked all to free us from “free trade”.

With Obama’s new friends in Congress he will add trillions to the debt and provide no significant stimulus for the economy that continues to spiral toward a corporate oligarchy befitting a banana republic. It’s possible Obama has simply given up on reform and is simply playing the political game or maybe he has given up all together. The Republicans will continue to spin the failure of the economy as Obama’s fault since they agreed to “his“ plan.

The founders warned us about all the things that corporations do that they fought against but history was a long time ago. Obama’s knowledge of that era seems limited to the fact that he could not have entered the WH through the front door. Sadly he will give the keys back to that same corporate tyranny as he leaves.


The Pill said...

Another point that cannot be under emphasized is that it is because of Obama's duplicitous, serial compromising and feckless leadership why republicans feel so empowered to openly mock him while taunting him with their overt threats of political Armageddon unless he kneels to their will.

Sadly, Obama has turned out to be nothing less than a willing subjugate of a rapacious, regressive, plutocracy.

Anonymous said...

"Obama has turned out to be nothing less than a willing subjugate of a rapacious, regressive, plutocracy" True. But the political savvy knew that before to 08 election.

Anonymous said...

Maybe Obama is planning on running as a Republican for his 2nd term. (I don't think anything prohibits it.)

ickenittle said...

At first I thought, "wait there must be a secret plan!" Perhaps the Dems will kick the deal to the curb-and they will be the bad cop-to Obama's good cop.
Obama can look good to the unemployed-(because he tried)and the Dems can make progressives happy.(yea we're back!) And behind the scene let the tax cuts quietly die. Then I realised this would be foolish because it makes sense and would accomplish something.