January 6, 2010

RESISTED? THE CORPORATE ELITE IS ECSTATIC ABOUT HIS MANDATORY INSURANCE PROGRAM:

Bigger Than Obama: Blaming the president for the slow pace of reform is too simplistic. (Richard Flacks, 1/06/10, In These Times)

Many critics correctly question Obama’s reliance on Wall Street enablers for key economic advice, and doubt the Obama team can reverse the rising tide of unemployment and underemployment. There is deep anxiety about the president’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan, despite growing evidence that this war is as foolish, futile and feckless as any military adventure the United States has previously undertaken. And Obama has not consistently taken the high road on global warming, workers’ rights, gay rights and civil liberties.

Blaming Obama, however, is simplistic. Yes, he has to be held to the promises he articulated and the hope he inspired. But the first question we must ask is why those hopes and promises are so elusive.

Is it really because Obama and his administration have betrayed us, or demonstrated their weakness or cowardice, or were tricksters from the start? A more accurate diagnosis would start instead with the fact that all of the major reforms promised have been fiercely resisted by the main centers of power in society—the corporate elite and the military industrial complex.


His problem is that he is of the elite. Theirs is that they paid no attention to his campaign, when he ran on defending the status quo against the Maverick.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 6, 2010 6:45 AM
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