Category Archives: Barack Obama
With the Big O coming up on his SOTU speechifying moment, those wonderful folks over at PF have compiled for us a nice set of factoids on how The Prez has done keeping his campaign promises. A short synopsis from their writeup:
PolitiFact has been tracking more than 500 promises Obama made during the 2008 campaign, everything from “Create new financial regulations” (Promise Kept) to “End income tax for seniors earning less than $50,000” (Promise Broken).
Individually and collectively, our Obameter ratings tell the story of his presidency at the halfway point in his four-year term. Measured in raw numbers, the scorecard shows his overall performance, with 133 promises Kept and 33 Broken.
Goodness. Over Five-friggin-hundred promises? Dude made that many? And only 33 broken promises? Ah, but what are the broken ones? So many questions.. Specific numbers, from them as follows:
* Promise Kept 134
* Compromise 41
* Promise Broken 34
* Stalled 75
* In the Works 220
* Not yet rated 2
Well, we already have a discrepancy as the writeup says 33 broken but their graphic says 34 broken. Which is it assholes? Check them out at you own risk…and if need be..take your blood pressure meds prior. I will update my thoughts on them later.
Via The Progress Report:
A CAMPAIGN OF OBSTRUCTION: When the economy was spiraling out of control, Republicans filibustered the recovery. When out-of-control health premiums threatened to sink the entire federal budget, Republicans conspired to make health reform Obama’s “Waterloo .” When persistent unemployment cried out for a more aggressive Federal Reserve, Republicans blocked Obama’s Nobel Prize winning Fed nominee . Even something as basic as regulating the same Wall Street banks that nearly destroyed the American economy nearly fell before a GOP filibuster. This campaign of obstruction was not limited to big ticket items. As of last August, fully 372 bills had passed the House — many of them unanimously — but few of them are likely to every receive a vote in the obstructionist-laden Senate. Meanwhile, Obama’s judges are being confirmed at only half the rate of President Bush’s, and Republicans even stalled key economic policy makers in the midst of a recession. As this campaign of obstruction began to undercut the economic recovery, the GOP doubled down. Republicans repeatedly blocked job-creating and small business-promoting legislation, often killing essential measures or requiring ambitious plans to be pared down into nearly nothing. And this obstructionism helped keep in the economy in the doldrums, the obstructionists’ standing in the polls steadily grew.
FLOODING THE AIRWAVES: Republicans did far more than simply blocking Obama’s agenda, they also waged a multi-billion dollar disinformation campaign to poison the electorate on this agenda. Emboldened by the Supreme Court’s egregious Citizens United decision , the right-wing U.S. Chamber of Commerce waged a $32 million campaign to defeat the President’s allies in Congress, and this campaign was just the tip of a massive iceberg of disinformation. Right-wing front groups like 60 Plus and future Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) Conservatives for Patients’ Rights waged a multi-million dollar campaign to tarnish health reform — often making outlandish claims that the Affordable Care Act would slash Medicare benefits or outlaw private coverage or euthanize grandma. This disinformation campaign was not limited to health reform. Republicans blanketed the airwaves with attacks on President Obama’s successful program to save the auto industry — a program which saved more than one million jobs . The Recovery Act saved approximately 1.2 million jobs and even right-wing economists believe that it boosted the economy by 4 percent , but Republicans have done everything in their power to ensure that no one knows about these successes. Republicans have manufactured economists who deny the effectiveness of the stimulus. They falsely claim that it has not created a single job, and they repeatedly label it a “failed stimulus” — even if they also have no compunctions about stealing credit for the law’s success whenever it benefits them politically to do so. Two years of disinformation has taken its toll. Although only one-quarter of voters oppose the actual provisions of the Affordable Care Act , pluralities have been so convinced that the law is poison that they now embrace repeal. Likewise, two-thirds of voters share the false belief that the Recovery Act either hurt or did not affect the economy.
That voters bought into the fuckery foisted upon us by the graduates of Nutter U aka, the GOP/Teabaggers…well, it really jacks my jaw. Not once did any of the Rethugs tell us how they would fix anything, including and not limited to the economy, job loss to overseas nations or reforming healthcare.
That the Democraps refused to tout their accomplishments and play hardball like the Rethugs also pisses me the fuck off. Only at the end of the election cycle did the Dem’s start lobbing negative, mostly true, ads at the assholes on the right. That’s when you saw Boxer and Brown pull ahead…only then.
Sweet Jaysus, where the fuck did the weekend go? Did someone steal it? My fantasy teams did ok…but now back to reality and I don’t mean the Housewives of DC…
Elizabeth Warren is the best weapon the Democrats have and are they using her? Oh Fuck No They Aren’t. From Alternet:
What could he possibly do that would grab people’s attention, mobilize his political base and put his opponents on the defensive? There is an easy answer: Appoint Elizabeth Warren to start running the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) immediately.
And the brilliant part of this idea — as explained by Shahien Nasiripour at the Huffington Post (see also David Dayen’s Thursday coverage) — is that the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation allows the person charged with setting up this new agency to be an outright appointment, rather than a nomination subject to Senate confirmation.
Warren’s credentials are impeccable — she came up with the original idea for the CFPB, she pushed effectively for it to become legislation and she has proved most effective in her oversight role as chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel (COP) for the Troubled Asset Relief Program. And her manifesto for the CFPB is sensible and actually pro-business — although she naturally opposes the specific ways in which big banks mistreat people.
It’s almost like these fuckers want to lose in November..I swear to Buddha.
But wait!!!!! There is more m’dear readers…more fuckery to send you screaming your lungs out whilst running in and out of traffic. From Chris Hedges over at TruthDig who says we shouldn’t pity the Democrats. Sadly I agree with him.
There are no longer any major institutions in American society, including the press, the educational system, the financial sector, labor unions, the arts, religious institutions and our dysfunctional political parties, which can be considered democratic. The intent, design and function of these institutions, controlled by corporate money, are to bolster the hierarchical and anti-democratic power of the corporate state. These institutions, often mouthing liberal values, abet and perpetuate mounting inequality. They operate increasingly in secrecy. They ignore suffering or sacrifice human lives for profit. They control and manipulate all levers of power and mass communication. They have muzzled the voices and concerns of citizens. They use entertainment, celebrity gossip and emotionally laden public-relations lies to seduce us into believing in a Disneyworld fantasy of democracy.
The menace we face does not come from the insane wing of the Republican Party, which may make huge inroads in the coming elections, but the institutions tasked with protecting democratic participation. Do not fear Glenn Beck or Sarah Palin. Do not fear the tea party movement, the birthers, the legions of conspiracy theorists or the militias. Fear the underlying corporate power structure, which no one, from Barack Obama to the right-wing nut cases who pollute the airwaves, can alter. If the hegemony of the corporate state is not soon broken we will descend into a technologically enhanced age of barbarism.
Investing emotional and intellectual energy in electoral politics is a waste of time. Resistance means a radical break with the formal structures of American society. We must cut as many ties with consumer society and corporations as possible. We must build a new political and economic consciousness centered on the tangible issues of sustainable agriculture, self-sufficiency and radical environmental reform. The democratic system, and the liberal institutions that once made piecemeal reform possible, is dead. It exists only in name. It is no longer a viable mechanism for change. And the longer we play our scripted and absurd role in this charade the worse it will get. Do not pity Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. They will get what they deserve. They sold the citizens out for cash and power. They lied. They manipulated and deceived the public, from the bailouts to the abandonment of universal health care, to serve corporate interests. They refused to halt the wanton corporate destruction of the ecosystem on which all life depends. They betrayed the most basic ideals of democracy. And they, as much as the Republicans, are the problem.
So….if that shit doesn’t depress the fuck outta ya on this monday morning…you either aren’t paying attention or you plain ass don’t give a shit anymore. Which is it?
Carlin might be dead, but thank Buddha his words live on:
“Forget the politicians. The politicians are put there to give you the idea that you have freedom of choice . . . you don’t. You have no choice. You have owners. They own you. They own everything. They own all the important land. They own, and control the corporations. They’ve long since bought, and paid for the Senate, the Congress, the state houses, the city halls, they got the judges in their back pockets and they own all the big media companies, so they control just about all of the news and information you get to hear. They got you by the balls. They spend billions of dollars every year lobbying . . . lobbying, to get what they want . . . Well, we know what they want. They want more for themselves and less for everybody else, but I’ll tell you what they don’t want . . . they don’t want a population of citizens capable of critical thinking. They don’t want well informed, well educated people capable of critical thinking. They’re not interested in that . . . that doesn’t help them. That’s against their interests. That’s right. They don’t want people who are smart enough to sit around a kitchen table and think about how badly they’re getting fucked by a system that threw them overboard 30 fuckin’ years ago. They don’t want that. You know what they want? They want obedient workers . . . Obedient workers, people who are just smart enough to run the machines and do the paperwork. And just dumb enough to passively accept all these increasingly shittier jobs with the lower pay, the longer hours, the reduced benefits, the end of overtime and vanishing pension that disappears the minute you go to collect it, and now they’re coming for your Social Security money. They want your fuckin’ retirement money. They want it back so they can give it to their criminal friends on Wall Street, and you know something? They’ll get it . . . they’ll get it all from you sooner or later cause they own this fuckin’ place. It’s a big club and you ain’t in it. You and I are not in The big club. By the way, it’s the same big club they use to beat you over the head with all day long when they tell you what to believe. All day long beating you over the head with their media telling you what to believe, what to think and what to buy. The table has tilted folks. The game is rigged and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. Good honest hard-working people . . . white collar, blue collar it doesn’t matter what color shirt you have on. Good honest hard-working people continue, these are people of modest means . . . continue to elect these rich cocksuckers who don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t give a fuck about you . . . they don’t give a fuck about you. They don’t care about you at all . . . at all . . . at all, and nobody seems to notice. Nobody seems to care. That’s what the owners count on. The fact that Americans will probably remain willfully ignorant of the big red, white and blue dick that’s being jammed up their assholes everyday, because the owners of this country know the truth. It’s called the American Dream cause you have to be asleep to believe it . . .”
Orly got Alito to go along? Are you fucking kidding me? Seriously, is this a friggin joke? From TPM:
Birther queen Orly Taitz has spent the better part of a year fighting a $20,000 fine slapped on her by a federal judge for filing frivolous birther lawsuits contesting President Obama’s eligibility to hold the office. A few weeks ago, she applied to the Supreme Court to reverse the fine.
When Justice Clarence Thomas denied her application, she vowed to apply to each of the other justices in turn. The next justice she applied to was Samuel Alito, who has now referred the matter to the to the entire court.
As per her usual, she did it ass-backwards too…read the rest of the writeup. I now firmly believe that Justice Alito is mentally-challenged…a nice way to say he is eff’n retarded. This shows us how far up the federal ladder an idiot and/or rightwing nutter can go folks…sad ain’t it? Damn sad…..scary really.