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Predicting the Future with President Obama, Handing Smelling Salts Out to Progressives

President Barack Obama talks on the phone in the Oval Office, Dec. 28, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

“…cutting programs that are really important to seniors, students and so forth. That has to be part of the mix…” – President Barack Obama [on Meet the Press]

AND THERE it is, close to the same thing floated in the summer of 2011 made explicit at the end of 2012.

Everyone reading here isn’t surprised, because you’ve been warned again and again this was coming.

…and right on cue, the Politico headline “Fiscal cliff: Major progress toward deal,” as if this wasn’t always going to be the case.

Ezra Klein provides the irony, with the most densely packed, laugh out loud lunacy you’ll see from the White House stenographer, who slaps Senator Marco Rubio around for invoking President Obama on entitlement cuts without once placing blame on the Democratic Party leader for serving up the notion in the first place.

Jonathan Chait needs smelling salts, because President Obama has given ground on taxes, moving to $450,000 limit, compliments of dealmaker Joe Biden, who’s sitting down with his pal Mitch McConnell.

The erosion signals not only a major substantive problem in its own right, but it also raises disturbing questions about Obama’s ability to handle his entire second term agenda.

One thing that everyone misses about the signal to send in Joe Biden is that this guy is a Senate veteran and what he does is make deals, which never are predicated on Democratic principles, but instead are about giving the other side their due so everyone comes off with their ideological purpose served. It’s the very essence of bipartisanship, whether good policy is decided upon or not, which is never the priority.

What happens now is up to besieged progressive activists, who are a minority in the Democratic caucus, facing a national media ignorant on economics and backed by Wall Street interests of the companies for whom they work, ignorant Democratic voters who allowed this to happen in the first place by not putting more pressure on Obama before he was reelected, and a majority elite Democratic establishment who’s already signaled they back entitlement cuts before dealing with Pentagon bloating and the very real issue of jobs and growth, led by a man in the White House who doesn’t have to run for office ever again.

Happy New Year.

13 Responses to Predicting the Future with President Obama, Handing Smelling Salts Out to Progressives

  1. Ramsgate December 31, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Well said TM. And Happy New Year to you, yours, and all our friends here.

    And finally, for all those who rave about Ber-nie, Ber-Nie, Bernie Sanders. This is his moment. Maybe he can rise to the occasion and filibuster this thing. If it is presented, it will only be a few hours until midnight. :-)

  2. fangio December 31, 2012 at 1:21 pm #

    So it’s the perfect storm. The chickens have come home to roost, or maybe it’s the salmon coming home to die. We have an Eisenhower republican who just gave a raise to the worst performing congress in recent memory leading the democratic party to it’s demise. It can’t come soon enough. It is corrupt and immoral to the core, it lacks all ethical responsibility and needs to be left to wither and die. For those of us who voted third party while defending ourselves against charges of treason, there is little to celebrate other than knowing we voted with our conscience. Yet it is we who are the real Americans, we are the ones who would not vote for a liar and a phony no matter what the outcome. It is fitting that such a man will lead a party that has sold it’s soul to the devil to it’s end. I believe that eventually the American voters will come to their senses and we what their actions have wrought. It will be too late though; many will suffer and much will be lost, never to be retrieved.

  3. TPAZ December 31, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    On behalf of all liberals and progressives, fuck the Democratic Party and fuck the President.

  4. TPAZ December 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    Shared sacrificed: the stock market is up; seniors are looking forward to catfood.

    • ladywalker68 December 31, 2012 at 2:58 pm #

      Agree. I was just listening to MSNBC and they were saying the only reason things are “getting done” (translations…seniors and middle class continued to get screwed..the wealthy might have to give up an extra home, yacht or jet..).

      And thanks to some links posted by Cujo, I now FINALLY understand CPI and all the full they were making about pork versus beef.

      CPI = MANDATORY decline in quality of life as you get older. The phrase I believe they use is that if pork is more expensive than beef people will somehow magically always stop eating pork and switch to beef. And CPI will be there to FORCE them to switch to beef, just in case they don’t do it on their own!

      And when beef is more expensive than chicken..CPI will be there to force you to switch to chicken…

      And when chicken gets more expensive than cat food, then CPI will be there to ensure you switch to cat food. TADA!

      Why should granny and grandpa object to this? They’ve got no damn business living so long anyway and expecting the money they paid into the system to be used to help them survive. That money belongs to Wall Street. Didn’t they read the small print in FDR’s new deal? They should die and if they are still alive, we will help them move along so we don’t have to worry about these old, creaky useless creatures any more.

      • ladywalker68 December 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

        Where is the edit feature or preview before final post at least??? LOL…I missed the part about MSNBC saying that the only reason things are getting is that WALL STREET is sending some sort of message to Congress. I guess Wall Street represents the will of the voters more than the will of the voters, but I digree.

        Also, the word “full” should be “fuss”. That’s all.

        Happy New Year and Fiscal Cliff Diving! ;)

  5. PeggySue December 31, 2012 at 3:51 pm #

    Where in God’s name have these people been? Or what elixir have they been drinking? Obama has never been a progressive in with word or deed. In one of the 2008 debates, he referred to Ronnie Raygun as the prez he most admired. He telegraphed his attitudes to so-called ‘entitlements’ during a debate with Romney, saying that their positions were closely aligned. He’s actually stated publicly that his policy positions would label him a 1980s moderate Republican.

    Not a Progressive. Not a Liberal. Never was. Won’t be now.

    Chait doesn’t need smelling salts. He needs his eyes and ears checked. Or get off that juice he’s been sipping!

  6. james richardson December 31, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

    Haven’t you heard? The best way to help the party and the country in the long term is to screw the party and the country in the short term.

  7. ladywalker68 December 31, 2012 at 10:23 pm #

    You know, I have for the most part, stayed away from watching cable news covering this debacle. I do check in from time to time. It seems as if the polar cap is melting faster than the “negotiations” are moving.

    I am not sure which is worse: the whole “cliff myth” or the way they are covering it 24X7 as if we need to hear every detail over and over and over again. As if these guys are doing something significant.

    They are not. They let this thing hang on until literally the very last minute and now what kind of reaction do they expect?

    They might as well be firefighters who first started a fire a while back, let it smolder for a long long time and then burst into a full blown blaze, now they are fighting it like the dickens.

    If they get it put out, they will pat each other on the back and think they are some sort of heroes for doing a very bad job of solving a crisis for which they are to blame.

  8. newdealdem1 January 1, 2013 at 12:54 am #

    Wishing everyone a truly Happy New Year in 2013 from Taylor to Joyce and to all those who post on this blog and to all those who read this blog.

    • ladywalker68 January 1, 2013 at 10:31 am #

      Right back at you!

  9. angels81 January 1, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Senate passes watered down bad bill, and now it goes to the house. One of the bright spots is unemployment will continue for millions of people, and no cuts to SS yet.

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