In a press conference Monday morning before a new round of bipartisan talks on raising the federal debt ceiling, President Barack Obama embraced the demand of the most powerful financial interests that domestic social spending be slashed dramatically, declaring the deficit, not mass unemployment, to be the central US economic problem.
As with all such events in official Washington, it is necessary to decode the language used at the press conference. Obama sought to posture as an advocate of “shared sacrifice,” criticizing congressional Republicans for their adamant opposition to any tax increases on the wealthy. He even attempted, albeit not very convincingly, to make a display of sympathy for working people struggling to make ends meet.
But the basic message he conveyed was an acceptance of the entire framework of the discussion on raising the debt ceiling laid down by Wall Street, which demands a fundamental restructuring of social relations in the United States through the gutting of what little remains of the social safety net—Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.I honestly do not believe Hillary would have tried to gut the social safety net. But let's pretend that she was elected president in 2008 and she did try to do it. You wouldn't have to go to WSWS to find strong reactions.
The Nation would be calling her out -- yes, even The Nation. The Progressive would run one article after another.
If Hillary were president, there would be no hesitation or reluctance when it came to demanding that the president be accountable and that the president serve the people.
I refused to get taken in by Barack. And in 2007, at Third, I warned repeatedly about the damage his campaign was doing and would do to Black America.
I have no problem saying: I TOLD YOU SO.
(I'm also aware that most of you reading this can probably say I TOLD YOU SO too because you were on to him as well.)
Had I been wrong, I'd say so.
It appalls me that the Cult of St. Barack still won't admit how wrong they were to back and whore for Barack.
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