FIAF/ bitter tears edition

Well, it’s time again for FIAF, and so let’s close the week with the sweet, sweet taste of liberal tears. Katrina Vanden Heuvel:

This was an unearned win for the Republican Party. The election was fundamentally about one thing—the rotten economy—and Democrats paid the price as voters expressed their discontent. Conservatives in both parties who claim the vote represented an ideological shift to the right are plain wrong.

She left out the requisite “Bush” which is supposed to accompany the “rotten economy” followed by the words “which Obama inherited”.

The quickly congealing conventional wisdom is that President Obama tried to do too much and was too liberal. The opposite is true: Voters were alienated because they didn’t believe his team had fought aggressively enough for the interests of working- and middle-class citizens.

Yea … Obama didn’t do enough. Sure … she follows this up with some bla bla bla about stagnating incomes (except for the riches 1%) and rescuing banks (doesn’t mention the Auto companies – funny that).

In the face of this anemic economy, the president failed to convince voters he was on a consistent course that would turn things around. Furthermore, the absence of a clear explanation about how conservative policies have failed in the past and will continue to fail allowed a right-wing narrative of empty slogans to gain traction. Mr. Obama abandoned his smart argument about building a new foundation for the economy, embracing deficit reduction instead. This only left voters confused about the White House’s recovery plan.

I don’t know how he failed to “convince” us, ’cause he honestly never shut up about what he was doing. Here’s an idea – he wasn’t able to present a clear explanation about how conservative policies have failed because THAT wasn’t what happened.

Memo to Katrina: the White House didn’t really have a recovery plan. They bailed out their supporters and buddies, thinking that the economy would recover on it’s own and they’d get 1)the credit and 2) extra support for bailing out their friends.

Going forward, Mr. Obama would be wise to lay out a bold plan to create jobs. He should take the advice of the more than 300 economists, including former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich, who have urged his administration not to undercut the recovery by focusing prematurely on deficit reduction. Joining Republicans’ embrace of Social Security cuts and austerity makes for bad policy and bad politics. Instead, Mr. Obama and Democrats should promote sensible investments, particularly in vital infrastructure like roads and rail, as well as green energy initiatives.

That word sensible? I don’t think it means what you think it does. Invest in “vital infrastructure”? Tell me, how exactly, does an improved road help anyone? Is someone going to open a new company because a road was repaved? Are people going to shop more because there are fewer potholes on their drive to Best Buy?

As the president made clear in his press conference Wednesday, he remains committed to a politics of “civility and common ground.”

What? What’s that? I can’t hear what Obama’s saying ’cause I’m drinking my slurpee watching him trying to get the car out of the ditch. He told me I could get in the back seat, but I told him to go fuck himself.

Common ground is fine, so long as it makes the government more responsive to the needs of the majority of Americans. This means investments in people and deteriorating infrastructure; ending a wasteful and futile war in Afghanistan; and enacting ethics and campaign finance reform that levels the playing field so ordinary Americans’ voices aren’t drowned out by covert political money. If this sensible agenda is met with Republican obstruction, as is likely, Mr. Obama should channel Harry Truman and come out fighting against a know-nothing, do-nothing GOP.


Remember when Obama said he was cool with not taking public money in his run for President and McCain made the same pledge, then Obama took it back and McCain didn’t ? LOL Good times, good times.

According to many polls, majorities across party lines want government to work. They aren’t interested in rolling back decades of social and economic progress, abolishing the Education Department and the minimum wage, or privatizing Social Security and Medicare—issues that many tea party candidates touted.

It’s like a classical liberal’s wet dream. I need a moment to gather myself.

More than 20 million Americans are out of work or underemployed. These people are interested in real solutions. They will not find them with a GOP committed to slashing billions from key domestic programs even as they make tax cuts for the rich permanent.

So far, the only “real solution” Obama and friends have offered is bailing out government workers. They’ve become an Ouroboros.

Now, how about some Tool?

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One Comment on “FIAF/ bitter tears edition”

  1. Hotspur Says:

    Tell me, how exactly, does an improved road help anyone? Is someone going to open a new company because a road was repaved? Are people going to shop more because there are fewer potholes on their drive to Best Buy?

    You are wise beyond your years.

    The real answer is that it helps the unions, because most highway workers throughout the states are in the operators, carpenters, ironworkers, or laborers unions.

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