President Obama is starting to disappoint me (11-10-10)
Okay, let me start by saying that I have not yet lost confidence in President Obama. That being said, there is some criticism of him in this article. Being a Democrat, leftist, progressive, liberal…whatever you want to call me, does not mean that I am ever bowing at the feet of fellow Democrats. I will stand up for my beliefs until I die. And when I see something wrong, I am not afraid to call it out.
On November 2, 2010, when the Republicans took control of the House, President Obama immediately said that he was willing to work with Republicans to get work done. My first response was, “Okay, show that you are making an honest effort, so when the cards fall, it goes squarely on the Republicans.” However, when he starts to compromise his very own party, then the problems start.
Let’s start in India. He brought home 54,000 jobs. Great. But they still exported millions of jobs from the US via India. (To be fair, along with China, Mexico, Canada, Indonesia…) When he announced his trade deals, I was elated. In fact, so much so, that I wrote a blog about it. But later that day, President Obama did his typical gaff, and went back on his word.
“We shouldn’t be thinking that it’s just a one-way street,” Obama said today in a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “I want both the citizens in the United States and citizens in India to understand the benefits of commercial ties between the two countries…I think that the pattern that you’re going to see is that U.S. companies are creating jobs in the United States with technologies where we’ve got a lead…Indian businesses are then going to take those technologies and apply them in India to grow Indian businesses as well. And that’s going to be a win-win for both.” (http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2010/11/obama-stereotypes-shadow-us-indian-trade-relations/1)
Excuse me, President Obama? The last I heard, India was in the business of stealing our jobs. Maybe not all call center jobs, that is indeed a stereotype, but to say that that isn’t their business. That isn’t how they are getting their jobs.
And to say that it is a two way street? I think somebody needs to inform President Obama that India has a strong “Anti-Stealing” policy against their corporations. In other words, it’s 100% legal for jobs to be imported into India, but it is illegal for jobs to be exported out of India. If that isn’t the definition of a one-way street, I’m not sure what is.
So, continuing onward with President Obama’s flickering commitment to his own party. Let me remind you again of his commitment to reach across party lines and compromise with the Republicans. The incoming Republicans set up a “bi-partison” committee to see how they can work on the tax breaks for all.
First off, tax breaks for everybody doesn’t work. This idea that the top 2% are “job creators,” and without a tax cut, they wouldn’t be able to survive, is a joke. The past 10 years, they had their tax break, and they shipped jobs out of the country at record rates, cutting more jobs than ever in America. This trickle down theory is just that, a theory. But the fact is that the bottom 98% are the spenders. But in a continuing effort to get that top 2%, along with the rest of the 98%, budget cuts have to be made. After all, this money has to come from somewhere.
So, how would they generate the money?
Option 1. Remove the top 2%, raise their taxes 3% (on everything OVER $250,000), and give the taxes to the spenders, the “lower” 98%. Oh, but that’s off the table because this “bi-partison” committee wants to make everybody happy, despite the problems it has cost in the past.
Option 2. Cut the budget for the military. A $5 million dollar hammer? A $50,000 toilet seat? There is a lot of excess fat in the military that can be cut. Let’s not forget the two over-extended operations we are currently involved with. And the biggest expenditure by the military? That’s reserved for US bases. As of 2002, the number of US bases in the world was 845,441, covering more than 30 million acres of land. (http://www.nonviolenceworks.com/usmilitaryglobal.pdf). And that number is going to continue to increase as we continue to expand our influence around the globe. As any history major will tell you about the Roman empire, it was doomed when it began to over-reach its boundaries.
Option 3. Cut Social Security benefits, and raise the age of retirement even higher. Heck, France rebelled when they raised the age from 60-62, and American’s don’t seem to care that right now, their retirement age is 67. Let’s see if we can boost it up to 68. Yeah, try and get a job when you are 68, if you are still alive. What happened to working hard, and retiring to enjoy the golden ages. That’s long gone. And after all, the Tea Party wants Social Security gone, so this is a good first step.
And while were at it, we can generate a lot of money if we just get rid of the tax break for people with a mortgage. You know, the one that allows us to write off what we paid in interest. That’s just what the housing market needs. The final stake into the heart. Not to mention the countless Americans that are already hurting. (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/debt-commission-mulls-social-security-benefits-cuts-tax/story?id=12111270)
Well, which seems to make the most sense to you? I’ll give you a moment to review them all. Ready for the answer that the bi-partison committee came up with?
Answer: OPTION 3!
That’s right, America. This is what is going to happen, all to give that top 2% their tax break. Is it worth it to you? Not me! But, in President Obama’s ever political reaching arm, he want’s a compromise, and is open to the idea of giving the top 2% what they want. It’s absolutely absurd. And while it is unlikely to pass in congress, here’s the deal. With Citizens United, and the endless amount of money that will be flowing into the Republican Party, say goodbye to any chance of a majority or presidency in the future, and that means all of these plans are very likely to arise again, and pass.
Still think politics don’t affect your life? Remember that when you are 75, working your 40/hrs a week, and can’t make ends meet because any and all tax breaks for you are gone, and the rich now have 85% of all the money. Don’t think it can happen? Continue sitting back and doing nothing.
Oh, yes, one final thing on how the two parties are working together. While the Democrats are promising to work with Republicans, Republicans are promising hundreds of hearings, and repeal of any and all bills passed in the past two years. That’s progress? And where they would fail, say for example, repealing the health care reform act, they are promising to defund it. If they Right is able to cut funding for the Health Care Reform, they effectively go around executive orders, and are able to pass their agenda anyway.
To quote Mitch McConnell, “…[we] will be more than happy to work with President Obama on issues they agree on as long as the president is willing to ‘come back to the center’.” So in other words, we’ll work with President Obama, as long as he agrees with us. (http://videocafe.crooksandliars.com/heather/mitch-mcconnell-well-work-president-obama-).
I’m not even going to get into the fact that he has went back on his word for repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, giving tax breaks to companies that keep jobs here and raise taxes on those who ship out, not even trying to get a single payer option on the health care bill…but I could.
You go President Obama. Continue to compromise. But remember, as you said, it should be a two way street. But apparently, you don’t know the definition. And the only thing being compromised, is your chances for reelection is 2012.