Feed the wealthy

So it’s looking more and more like Barack Obama is going to cave and extend Bush tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans.

Which means I’m officially done with Barack Obama.

This is not the man I elected, and if Democrats across this country are honest with themselves, they’ll mostly agree. To say the president has been an enormous disappointment would be a drastic understatement. He is Tony Mandarich and Sam Bowie rolled into one.

And, yes, I know—he’s 100 times better than George W. Bush. I agree. But so what? I wasn’t looking for someone to merely improve upon the worst president in American history. I wanted a leader. A statesman. Greatness. Somebody unafraid to get things done, political fear be damned. I wanted the guy who campaigned on hope and optimism; who looked ready to take on the Republicans and all their bullshit ideology.

What’d I get? A typical Democratic wuss.

One more thing: Take no joy in this, Republicans. Any I-told-you-so is not only unappreciated, but bogus. From Day One, your party has given its all to making certain a president—your president—fails. Your party has undermined his every move; has failed to support him even on efforts you agree with. The goal has been to bring him down, and it has pretty much worked. You’re the guy who says “This airplane is doomed to crash,” then lights the wing on fire. No good has come out of Republicanism in recent years. No good at all.

Obama has been brought down. And he’s too much a coward to fight back.

It sickens me.

I honestly wish I’d listened to the wife and supported Hillary. Perhaps she wouldn’t have been the greatest president of all time. But at least the woman doesn’t cower from a brawl.

Ugh.

20 thoughts on “Feed the wealthy”

  1. I still support him in a “lesser than 2 evils” sort of way but he has been a major disappointment…his education policies are beyond ridiculous.

  2. Come on now!
    Sam Bowie was injured.
    He could have been better than Michael Jordan, honest.

    I actually feel like Obama thinks he has finished his role. A person of color was elected what else is important?

    I hope you are wrong on this Jeff, I don’t see why the Michael Jordan’s (performers) deserve anymore tax breaks.

  3. “One more thing: Take no joy in this, Republicans. Any I-told-you-so is not only unappreciated, but bogus. From Day One, your party has given its all to making certain a president—your president—fails. Your party has undermined his every move; has failed to support him even on efforts you agree with. The goal has been to bring him down, and it has pretty much worked.”

    You swap “Democrat” for “Republican” here and you have the exact same situation from 2003-2008.

    It’s amazing how one-sided each party is. Amazing isn’t the word actually. Pathetic is.

    Where was that support for Bush? It’s unreal how democrats act like they never raised an ill word against the Bush administration.

    1. Jake, fair enough. But here’s the thing: When the Dems were criticizing Bush, the Republicans countered with, “It’s unpatriotic to question a commander in chief during a time of war.” Now the prez is a socialist.

  4. As a Clinton supporter am I allowed to say “I told you so”?I always thought his overblown rhetoric was fairly empty and severely overrated. Politics is more than talking, one also has to know how to get things done.I don’t blame Repubs for Dems naivety.

  5. As a Republican I won’t say “I told you so” but I will say that Clinton would’ve been a much better President than Obama. I think Mood’s comments pretty much sums it up.

  6. And Jeff, for those eight years of Bush, you were using phrases like “Dissent is the highest form of patriotism.”
    Now, of course, since it’s your side that is attracting all of the dissent, those that protest are derided as “teabaggers” and know-nothing obstructionists.
    People like their side and hate the other side. This is the way politics has always worked. Some can deal with that. This President and many of his supporters apparently can’t.

    1. Brian, fair point. But I’ve never, ever, ever heard any Democrat say it’s unpatriotic to rip a sitting president during war. And the Republicans said that over and over and over and over—then began calling the president a socialist and questioning his citizenship. That’s fucked up, and even you’d agree.

      Furthermore, people deride the teabaggers as teabaggers not because they’re anti-Obama. But because they’re idiots. 🙂

      (insert elitist liberal comment here)

  7. Read Tom Friedman’s recent op-ed on suicidal politicians who think they can fly. Pretty much sums up why we are in this sad state. It’s nothing new but the inability of “leaders” to look beyond politics and be statesmen is really killing us. And yes, the teabaggers are idiots.

  8. Read that Rolling Stone article Jeff and then maybe reconsider your opinion on Obama. The man has accomplished quite a bit in only two years in office (even with people like you imploring him to do ridiculous shit like “drop everything and solve the Gulf oil spill”). Typical Democratic wuss? He was able to pass health care reform and Wall Street reform despite getting shit from both parties?

    Is he the best president of all-time? Of course not (and even that’s a stupid and subjective question). But let’s try to give a guy more than two fucking years to clean up an eight-year catastrophe.

  9. Thanks for the kind words, Jeff, I appreciate it. And even though I think you’re politically dopey, you’re a hell of a writer. The stuff you penned for Sports Illustrated, and the Bonds and Cowboys books are all great.

  10. Agree 100% . Obama sucks. I think he is less interested in leading the country than he is in achieving this delusional goal of uniting everyone in Washington under one umbrella and thus becoming some kind of Christlike historical figure who transcended bipartisanship.

    He doesn’t stand on his principles because he lacks principles. He seems like he doesn’t care about average Americans because he doesn’t care. He is like most politicians, interested more in personal glory than in what is best for the country.

    Yes, he has achieved things. So did Rutherford B. Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, and Chester Arthur. If you have majorities in both houses you are going to achieve things. But a strong progressive president would have achieved much, much more.

  11. The man has accomplished quite a bit in only two years in office (even with people like you imploring him to do ridiculous shit like “drop everything and solve the Gulf oil spill”). Typical Democratic wuss? He was able to pass health care reform and Wall Street reform despite getting shit from both parties?

    Stringer while he did get a health care bill passed.It was not a great bill. No public option or single pay. What was the Wall Street Reform? The banks aren’t loaning money and even though I am a teeny investor the Wall Streeters are making as much money as before and no real regulation.

    I think he is terrible on civil liberty issues when it comes to trying prisoners in Guantanamo. He is still carrying on many Bush Cheney activities. I would really urge everyone who reads this blog to go read Glen Greenwald on a daily basis and listen to Thom Hartmann once in a while

  12. The public option was not going to happen. The Blue Dogs would have voted against it, and then there would be no health care reform. As Obama said, everyone is looking at the 10% that wasn’t accomplished, instead of the 90% that was accomplished.

    As for Wall Street reform, read No. 7 in the RS article. It can explain what was passed far better than I could.

    The problem with progressives like Jeff sometimes is that he thinks all you need is hard work and a backbone to get something done politically. The expectations are ridiculous. Once again, it’s not that simple, and once again, let’s give Obama some fucking time to make his mark.

  13. How much time do you think Obama needs in order to accomplish something substantial that genuinely helps working class people, Stringer?

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