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Meet the new boss

Posted by keithosaunders on December 8, 2010

With the extension of the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy at least we can put one fallicy to rest:  We now know unequivocally that the Republicans could care less about the federal deficit.  For the past two years the major Republican talking point has been, and continues to be, “smaller government and reduced spending.”  

Let’s run the laundry list.

How about defense?  No cuts there.  

Social Security?  Non-starter.  Leave the senior abuse to the Dems and their death squads. 

Medicare?  Same.

How about federal workers?  Yes!  That will lop a whopping 5 billion off the 3.7 trillion budget.   While we’re at it we’ll cut food stamps, minimum wage, and college grants.  That’s a wrap.

Personally, unless there is much more than meets the eye, I don’t understand the politics.  Obama spent a good deal of time today talking about how the American people were being held hostage by the Republicans and how he didn’t believe in doing harm to hostages.  To these ears that sounded forced and contrived. 

Even when the Democrats held a super-majority in the Congress Obama was constantly playing defense rather than controlling the message.  I get that the Republicans are obstructionists and that their mission from the start has been to oppose any legislation put forth from the new administration.  I feel, however, that Obama holds some culpability for failing to provide a cohesive message.  He claims to care about the middle class but time and again we see an administration that is more corporatist than populist.  From the appointments of Timothy Geithner and Laurence Summers, to the decidedly big-pharma (and insurance company) friendly health care plan, to his failure to prosecute Bush administration officials on war crimes, we see a president who is very much invested in the status quo.

Yes, he staved off a depression, saved the auto industry, and managed to eek out a (tepid) health care bill.  Let’s give the man credit where credit is due.  In the end, though, where is playing it safe going to get him?  Barring a dramatic turn of events in 2012, I fear that the answer will be a one way ticket to Chicago.

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