I want to believe the President. I want to trust him. I want him to be successful. But everytime I back him up, I feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick Lucy’s football. It’s a moving target and it’s not moving my way.
Matt Taibbi writing for Rolling Stone has some words on the same subject. It caught my attention immediately because he does the same thing I do when the President speaks. He avoids hearing the speech but reads about it later. The President always says wonderful, beautiful things but they are about as significant as pickup lines in a bar. Right now, he’s rallying his troops, the people that got him elected, the Progressives and the Liberals. But he only needs them for his re-election campaign and when it’s over, they are going to be disappointed again. Obama never calls. It was just what it was.
Obama hasn’t been a total disaster on labor. Most notably, he stepped up in
the Wisconsin mess and at least took sides in that debate, calling the push to
end collective bargaining rights an “assault” on unions.
But I remember
following Obama on the campaign trail and hearing all sorts of promises before
union-heavy crowds. He said he would raise the minimum wage every year; he said
he would fight free-trade agreements. He also talked about repealing the Bush
tax cuts and ending tax breaks for companies that move jobs
It’s not just that he hasn’t done those things. The more
important thing is that the people he’s surrounded himself with are not labor
people, but stooges from Wall Street. Barack Obama has as his chief of staff a
former top-ranking executive from one of the most grossly corrupt mega-companies
on earth, JP Morgan Chase. He sees Bill Daley in his own office every day, yet
when it comes time to talk abut labor issues, he has to go out and make selected
visits twice a year or whatever to the Richard Trumkas of the
Listening to Obama talk about jobs and shared prosperity yesterday
reminded me that we are back in campaign mode and Barack Obama has started doing
again what he does best – play the part of a progressive. He’s good at it. It
sounds like he has a natural affinity for union workers and ordinary people when
he makes these speeches. But his policies are crafted by representatives of
corporate/financial America, who happen to entirely make up his inner circle.
I just don’t believe this guy anymore, and it’s become almost painful to
listen to him.
- Obama and Jobs: Why I Don’t Believe Him Anymore – by Matt Taibbi (jhaines6.wordpress.com)
- The Geithner mystery solved (salon.com)
- Taibbi on why he doesn’t listen to Obama any more (americablog.com)
- Richard Trumka: President Obama Has To Be ‘Bold’ With Jobs Program (crooksandliars.com)
- Obama and Jobs: Why I Don’t Believe Him Anymore….by Matt Taibi – from Rolling Stone….Plus: More from Bernie Sanders. (truthnreality.wordpress.com)
- Desperate, Delusional and a Liar, Richard Trumka, Accuses Obama of Aligning With Tea Party (pumabydesign001.wordpress.com)
- Why David Brooks Really Is a Sap | Matt Taibbi | Rolling Stone (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Disaffected Liberal Watch (andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com)