Tuesday, November 20, 2012

REBLOG 5 hard truths progressives must face about Obama

5 hard truths progressives must face about Obama

Saturday, November 10, 2012

REBLOG: Obama’s second term: Can liberals trust the president?

Continuing a Matt Stoller trifecta, I add this post-script: Liberals can no more trust President Obama then movement conservatives (it turned out) could trust George W. Bush. Instead, we have to vocally hold his feet to the fire to make sure that the best liberal policies of the last 60 or 70 years are not given away in a vein attempt to coerce much needed tax code changes that lead to increased revenue for the government (to fund existing program not anything really new).  So let's start the second four years with a more critical eye and open mouths.

Obama’s second term: Can liberals trust the president?

Saturday, November 3, 2012

REBLOG Why is the left defending Obama?

One of the primary reasons I posted Matt Stoller's earlier piece here is that, as a LIberal Progressive (with libertarian tendencies) I happen to agree with him - electing Barack Obama may indeed be better for America then Mitt Romney, but not because Barack Obama is a liberal progressive President.  And yet, in the public rebuttal, Stoller seems to have been subjected by so-called Liberal Commentators to the name calling, strawmen, and ad hominem attacks that we normally see reserved for use by Republicans against Democrats.  Still, the question is asked - Why is the left defending Obama?

It is remarkable to see the level to which Obama defenders have sunk. Let’s start with a basic problem – why is Obama in a tight race? Mitt Romney is more caricature than candidate, a horrifically cartoonish plutocrat whose campaign is staffed by people that allow secret tapings of obviously offensive statements. The Republican base finds Romney uninspiring, and Romney has been unable to provide one good reason to choose him except that he is not the incumbent. Yet, Barack Obama is in a dog fight with this clown. Why? It isn’t because a few critics are writing articles in places like Salon. The answer, if you look at the data, is thatBarack Obama has been a terrible President and an enemy to progressives. Unemployment is high. American household income since the recovery started in 2009 has dropped 5%. Poverty has increased substantially. Home equity – the main store of wealth for the middle class – has dropped by $5-7 trillion, in contrast to the increase in financial asset values held by Obama’s friends and donors. And this was done explicitly through Obama’s policies.