It hardly matters at this point. Barack Obama has said in so many words that he’s perfectly willing to let the U.S. Government default on our National Debt unless he gets cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Even after the Republicans have capitulated on these issues.
It is no wonder that he loses to ‘generic Republican’ by 8 points. People who claim to believe in ‘Electoral Victory’ are lying to you.
Obama is ensuring he is a one term failure by rushing to enact his Republican agenda with the complicity of corporatists who wear a D only because it’s convenient. His highly paid and constantly wrong (2010) consultants contend ‘not as scary as that guy over there’, combined with ‘I’m a blind partisan’ will defeat the truth of ‘I don’t care about you’.
Barack Obama doesn’t give a rat’s ass about you and by the way clap harder for the Confidence Fairy, Invisible Bond Vigilantes, and Tinkerbell, otherwise you’ll die.
And so that’s where I’d have a selling job, Chuck, is trying to sell some of our party that if you are a progressive, you should be concerned about debt and deficit just as much as if you’re a conservative. And the reason is because if the only thing we’re talking about over the next year, two years, five years, is debt and deficits, then it’s very hard to start talking about how do we make investments in community colleges so that our kids are trained, how do we actually rebuild $2 trillion worth of crumbling infrastructure.
If you care about making investments in our kids and making investments in our infrastructure and making investments in basic research, then you should want our fiscal house in order, so that every time we propose a new initiative somebody doesn’t just throw up their hands and say, “Ah, more big spending, more government.”
It would be very helpful for us to be able to say to the American people, our fiscal house is in order. And so now the question is what should we be doing to win the future and make ourselves more competitive and create more jobs, and what aspects of what government is doing are a waste and we should eliminate. And that’s the kind of debate that I’d like to have.
It’s hard to figure out exactly what his motivations are since his policy doesn’t make any kind of sense at all, even for rich people. When ‘The Great Hair Cut’ takes place it will be all about deleveraging that $600 Trillion of Derivative Notional Value in the Shadow Markets.
Why? Because there’s no place else to get the ‘money’. It’s at least 10 times the ‘book value’ of all the World’s goods and services annually. So while the slave owner may starve and whip his chattel, and force them to sleep naked in the cold, there is only so much blood in the turnip.
Bootlickers think they will somehow survive I suppose, who can have enough jesters and toadies? Having been Capo di Tutti I’ll tell you they’re the first on the list. They’ll continue to suck up anyway seeking to worm their way back into favor (see Pavlov).
Frankly it’s co-dependent behavior. I’ve seen enough abusive relationships to know and I have an opinion- toleration is complicity.
How then to have an impact?
I call you to a life of resistance in the small and easily done things. Move your money. Use cash when you can. Turn off your lights when you leave the room and properly inflate your tires.
I don’t think any amount of complaints will convince the Tsar he has bad councilors, but it’s certainly a minimum. I do think that only votes get counted and I encourage you to do so early and often. The thing about shunning is that it’s critically important that it be public and express the clear disapproval of the community.
Their guilty souls can’t stand that, witness the howls of outrage.