Despite rising public concern about the federal budget deficit, Americans favor keeping Social Security and Medicare benefits as they are rather than taking steps to reduce the budget deficit (by 60% vs. 32%). – Public Wants Changes in Entitlements, Not Changes in Benefits
This is starting early, so it’s time to revisit the facts.
When I came out for Hillary Clinton in July 2007, I was told by Obama loyalists I’d never recover from the investigative coverage I gave candidate Barack Obama, while others of that ilk tried everything to discredit me through lies.
On the day Clinton conceded, I immediately backed Obama. This infuriated many of Hillary’s fans, which resulted in the same thing Obama’s fan boys did in reverse, add in the oh, so cruel de-linking from dozens of blogs where I was considered a “traitor,” which I still hear to this day.
Many of these same people became “pumas,” a group I disavowed and fought against from the start, including in every media forum where I was asked, on cable networks across the spectrum. It was obvious “puma” was going to try to hurt Barack Obama’s candidacy, which also meant hurting Hillary, so I twisted the arm of a blogger to guest post here until the Democratic convention, with a few of her posts here, here, here, here.
Liberalism means something to me and anyone trying to ignore it or destroy it deserves what he or she gets. That my analysis is solid infuriates many Obama loyalists, but the foundation of my criticisms directed toward Pres. Obama is that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass about Democratic principles, priorities or policies. The noise from fan boys and girls in my direction is because they can’t take the truth.
The other day I began a column with the following sentence: “If you want one reason why Pres. Obama doesn’t deserve reelection this is it.”
That was before the Washington Post broke the story that had been floating for weeks and weeks, which is that Obama was going to serve up the New Deal for real, something I’d warned about in November 2007. I could broaden the economic criticism to include matters of war and more war, because our Nobel Prize-winning President has created no peace, with his Bushesque stubbornness on Afghanistan proving the point, along with his illegal military action in Libya.
On the other side, after the post went up, more than one person suggested that Sarah Palin is the alternative! It’s puma, circa 2012, and just as delusional. Palin’s fans are the bookend on the Right to Obama fans, both sides infatuated with their One, with “pumas” part of this problem as well.
The notion that I’d ever vote for anyone like Palin who believes freedom is just for men is ludicrous, though it would be great fun to see Sarah freak out the current Republican field by running. But with Michele Bachmann tearing up Iowa, what’s the point of Palin? Her fans will provide an answer for that question, I’m sure.
What’s ensued under Pres. Obama’s watch has been deplorable, but nothing surprising to me, which amounts to a sell out of Democratic Party ideals for one man and his administration. What he’s done to the Democratic brand is incalculable, starting with moving the debate far right, which has set up Republicans in a dream scenario.
That is, if the American people didn’t have their say, too. Read the latest in the Pew Poll to see just how badly Pres. Obama has handled the public’s trust, which he no longer deserves.
Anyone who thinks I am obligated to aid Pres. Obama’s reelection because I’m a liberal is sadly mistaken. I’m under one obligation and that is to tell the truth as I see it and provide political analysis that, at its best, hopefully helps you get clarity on your own thoughts.
Barack Obama came into office with the people, the press and the world at his feet. What he’s done with the power he had in 2008 is nothing short of political malpractice, with his lack of leadership on the debt ceiling debate not only a travesty, but an embarrassment for Democrats and a horror for voters who put their trust in Obama’s hands.
There’s no way in hell Hillary would have been humiliated by Republicans as Obama has been in economic negotiations and there’s no flipping way she’d have served up entitlements. I don’t say this as a “fan,” but as someone who knew the record and the philosophical underpinnings of the politician I supported.
Obama loyalists can’t say that about him, because he hasn’t any.
Liberalism is the shining philosophical star that can change the world, set women free, marginalize misogynistic religious zealots and stabilize countries and regions around the world, equalize injustice and open doors to a wondrous future. We need more of it, not less.
There is no reason to support Barack Obama for the sake of it or because he’s not as bad as whoever is on the Right, because there’s no evidence that’s true. There’s not a Republican around who could force Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid cuts down Democratic throats and likely wouldn’t try.
Pres. Obama is not our friend. If you think he is, you’re part of the problem, too.