I expressed my disappointment over President Obama’s alleged proposed cutbacks to Social Security and Medicare in my previous post, Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Having [Obama] go back on his word will only add to the rampant political cynicism…”
And with that, your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via Mark Karlin:
Obama either continues to believe in the now inexcusably naïve notion of “bi-partisanship” or he is, as some will argue, at heart a fiscal corporate neo-liberal Wall Street true believer [...]
The NYT, which clearly received the leak about the Obama budget from White House sources, is reflecting an Oval Office viewpoint that the president is compromising in order to win over “moderate” Republican votes. Say what? Earth to planet Obama: have you learned nothing from continually starting negotiations with the Republicans letting them advance to 10 yards of their goal – and them allowing them to walk over into the end zone for a victory twist and shake?
If you want to know the low threshold of weakness Obama is negotiating from, read the viewpoint of his aides, as reported in the NYT:
Neither the president nor senior aides privately hold much hope that Republican leaders — Mr. Boehner and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader — will compromise. So Mr. Obama’s strategy of reaching out to other Senate Republicans reflects a calculation that enough of them might cut a budget deal with the Democratic Senate majority. If that happens, the reasoning goes, a Senate-passed compromise would put pressure on the House to go along.
Uh, so the White House can’t get even a basically Republican budget passed – with some crumbs of federal spending. They have to, as they see it, concede grovel and pray.
Bill Clinton said a long time back: “We [Democrats] have got to be strong. When we look weak in a time where people feel insecure, we lose. When people feel uncertain, they’d rather have somebody who’s strong and wrong than somebody’s who’s weak and right.”
Doesn’t Obama run the danger, in his budget and many of his legislative proposals of appearing both weak and wrong?
Or is it that he actually believes in what he is proposing? [...]
[H]istory will judge him – and the seniors, unemployed, and poor who watch helplessly — as President Obama thrusts a stake through the heart of the New Deal, while perpetuating a system of systemic oligarchy.
Please read the entire post here.