Six months ago today obama had his first full day in office as president. Reports from all over make it clear he’s lost his famous mojo.
Health Care Reform? Likely off the table until after the August recess of Congress. Flanks from all sides have turned in on obama in the middle, who is trying so hard to please everyone with his wishy-washy nothing-burgers, and being EATEN ALIVE by the corporate interests we always KNEW ruled his world.
While the Right Flank screams, “Bolshevism!” the Left Flank screams, “Oligarchy.” Both are right. Obama-Care WOULD be Bolshevistic in outcome, if not in intent. Taxing the hell out of the rich with surtaxes and the middle class with taxes on benefits at the same time that there are ZERO cost-control measures in place is a SURE fire way to break the system in the Old School Soviet Style. Small businesses owners will be out for BLOOD if they are forced to pay an 8% payroll penalty. Middle class families who now struggle with inadequate, confusing, frustrating, and EXPENSIVE employer-subsidized insurance will be justifiably FURIOUS if they are forced to
- Pay taxes on the (mostly lousy) health insurance they have because they’re lucky enough to have a freaking job.
- Be shut out of cheaper, more comprehensive government-sponsored insurance plans.
- Subsidize the government plan they’re not allowed to join.
Holy Smokes. What a stupid, stupid idea it would be to add another component to the Middle Class Misery Index right about now.
And, though the moron David Brooks pretends not to know it, REAL liberals have been SHUT OUT of the Health Care reform debate altogether. As anyone in Massachusetts knows, covering the uninsured is not all that difficult. The REAL problem is how to pay for it all. And the ONLY way to pay for Universal Health Insurance is a strong, government option open to EVERYONE. By conceding the opportunity to allow a public plan to actually COMPETE with private, for-profit insurance comapnies, Obama Care is guaranteed to not only FAIL, but to bring the whole system down when it goes. (is obama secretly working for Grover, “Drown-the-Government-in-the-Bathtub,” Norquist?). But obama won’t take on the Corporate Big Whigs who put him in office. That’s Oligarchy.
And the Right has every right to jump on the CBO estimates that Obama Care will break the bank. Reports that bank and financial sector bailouts could cost the U.S. Taxpayer $24 TRILLION dollars (yes, you read that number correctly) merely add fuel to an already raging fire of righteous cries of “Tax and Spend (On Your Billionaire Buddies).” Just because the Republicans don’t have any meaningful or practical solutions doesn’t mean they’re wrong that Obama Care is a very, very bad plan.
What a wonderful brew: Bolshevik Oligarchy. Sound familiar?
So. Health Care Reform six months in to the Age of Obama? Grade: FAIL.
The Stimulus Plan? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Don’t even get me started. Unemployment estimates from economists of every stripe range from Holy Smokes to Holy Shit! Barely any of the money has been spent on saving or creating jobs, and the situations in the states is getting WORSE and WORSE.
So. Improving the Economy (even just a leetle bit) six months in to the Age of Obama? Grade: FAIL.
So. Reversing the Bush Slide Into Executive Authoritarianism and Ending the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Grade: FAIL.
Greater Transparency? Forget about it. Grade: FAIL.
Reverse the Conscience Clause? Yeah, right. The president’s top budget man, in charge of Obama-Fail-Care, has already made it clear the White House won’t fight to include women’s health coverage in the overhaul (click on this link, it’s got a KILLER closing paragraph.) And Democrats in Congress who oppose reproductive freedom have blankly stated they won’t vote to include “women” in health care reform. When the president of the United States of America says to the world that he will fight for the right of Muslim men to FORCE women into submission there is something SICKENINGLY WRONG with our government.
Think about the previous paragraph (and I do urge you to click on the links) for a moment. We’re more than half the population. We’re more than half the voters. By every measure of social health, women’s reproductive freedom and health are ESSENTIAL to the effort to increase quality of life and prosperity in every nation on Earth, including ours. Yet our elected representatives DO NOT CARE. They have explicitly rejected our most basic needs as “special interest” and “divisive.”
But we still hear, daily, from those who would discourage us from voting for women. Who would discourage us from considering the gender of a candidate as an essential reason to support her. Even though NOT ONE improvement in the rights, freedoms, and quality of life of American women was EVER championed by a man. YES, all-male legislators enacted the 19th Amendment and an all-male Supreme Court decided Roe, but that was only well after thousands and thousands of women rallied and worked (together, god damn it) FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS to FORCE them to do it for us.
And it’s been downhill ever since. How can it be difficult, after considering the historical record of women’s oppression in this country to NOT conclude that the ONLY way to keep our rights as fully-fledged citizens secure is to make damn sure at least SOME women are holding the reins?
President Obama’s Six Month Report Card on Progress On Issues Important to Average Americans and Liberals
- Health Care Reform: FAIL
- Improving the Economy: FAIL
- Ending the Wars: FAIL
- Ending Torture and Illegal Detainment: FAIL
- Greater Transparency: FAIL
- Equal Rights for the lesbian and gay communities: FAIL
- Champion Reproductive Freedom: FAIL
$10 Bucks to the person who can name even ONE success of this benighted presidency so far.