Jul 7, 2011

Mr. President, Are you really this dumb?

By Michael Leon

Update: David Sirota says not 'dumb,' rather that "we are watching a sort of Orwellian dystopia. Indeed, it is a sight to behold: a regime that believes it can say one set of things over and over and over again, and then do exactly the opposite."

Firedoglake says, "We’ll fight this, because it’s the right thing to do. We will probably lose. But we will make it as painful as possible for any politician from any party to participate in this wholesale looting of the public sphere, this 'shock doctrine' for America. And maybe along the way we’ll get a vision of what comes next. Because what we believe in as Americans, and what we stand for, is not something the Democratic party represents any more."

We expect you to lay down the law: Cuts in Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid are OFF the table.

If the Times piece is correct in reporting ...
The president’s renewed efforts follow what knowledgeable officials said was an overture from Mr. Boehner, who met secretly with Mr. Obama last weekend, to consider as much as $1 trillion in unspecified new revenues as part of an overhaul of tax laws in exchange for an agreement that made substantial spending cuts, including in such social programs as Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security — programs that had been off the table.
... then for me it's: See ya, Mr. President, you are not with me and I am not with you.

Same as it ever was?

Well, a new report says: Obama Aide on Social Security Cut Story: Times Report 'Overshoots The Runway.' It better.

You do not deserve a second term, unless this is simply a ploy. To the extent you are serious, you are one foolish jellyfish.

Guess the acoustics of defending seniors against the GOP vultures didn't play well with you.

Ralph Nader, guess we need you again in Florida, Wisconsin and Ohio again.

Honestly, President Obama has given every reason in policy, rhetoric and spinelessness to regard him as the same craven, chicken-hawk coward that we so fervently hoped he would not be.

Same as it ever was?

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