Saturday Reading


Tuesday night, in his next-to-last State of the Union address, President Obama flashed the suckers a bag of tricks that has no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Congress, but will allow his apologists to claim that the genuine, more progressive Obama is revealing himself in his final two years in office. Of course, the final-years Obama could have accomplished his modest 2015 agenda, and much more, back in 2009 and 2010, when Democrats dominated both the House and the Senate and the Republicans were in despair and disarray. Which is precisely why Obama chose, instead, to put his party’s perishable congressional majorities at the service of bankers, Wall Street, private insurers and Big Pharma. Now that Democrats are the endangered species on Capitol Hill, Obama hangs a piñata of subsidized community college education, additional tax deductions for child care, seven days paid sick leave, higher capital gains taxes on the wealthy, and billions in fees on casino bankers.

On closer examination, his grab bag of bills and requests for legislation contains even less than advertized – a vapor-thin rhetorical veneer for a center-right presidency whose real accomplishment has been to re-inflate the Wall Street casino, flush the last vestiges of secure employment out of the economy, and put the imperial war machine back on the offensive. Corporate pundits describe Obama’s antics as an appeal to his party’s “base.” In a world in which words actually mean something, a politician’s base would be composed of the people whose interests he actually serves, rather than those he victimizes. But, such logic does not apply in late capitalist America, where both parties cater to the needs of the moneyed classes; one, shamelessly, without inhibition, the other through deployment of talented liars like Obama.



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9 Responses to Saturday Reading

  1. Den says:

    No matter which way you stir it we are stuck with a kettle of snakes called the US Government who’s role has moved from guardian to adversary in not much time. Every bit of that change is the result of a combination of business with government, that connection should never been made, just churches do not allow a Starbucks in the back pew. Lobbying has tossed all down the window

    Church and state are separated so must state and business, there cannot be any exceptions.

    We know what happens when the two meld, it is now, what is happening now, business dispenses with all those nasty environmental rules and consumer protections, give the populous plenty of toys and distractions while they do that so no one will notice, business owns the media, another separation needed there.

    I declare today Separation Saturday, divide and be happy!


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Last night, I suppose, on Stadium Way somebody lost control to bounce up on the sidewalk and smash into a lamp post, both pushing it partway over and leaving a large ding rather high up. It appears from the police markers that the right front wheel came off to roll back to the sidewalk, at least.


  3. Den says:

    Kinda deadsville around here huh. Not Sheep-O-Thirty yet.


  4. Den says:

    Dang near Sheep-O-Thirty


  5. Den says:

    Yup. well there it it is, another void in the internet backwaters, afloat, destination unknown.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    On the way home from the opera I met freshman honors student Stephanie who also was leaving the opera. 😊


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Natasha’s 20th birthday. She came up with Bandon following. My what a beautiful young lady.


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