What next, Mr President? As a candidate you promised concrete things to progressives — closing Guantanamo, making big moves on energy independence and climate change and infrastructure, creating good jobs that can’t be outsourced, etc. — but what have you done as our president?
Oh, what a litany of half-assed screw-ups there are. Maybe you haven’t made your horse a Senator like Caligula did, but you’ve wimped out more often than that arch-coward Sir Harry Flashman in 19th century Afghanistan.
Take one example. Take your Wall Street “reform.” You and the Democratic Congress have set it up so a) Goldman Sachs and the other banksters can pay themselves whatever bonuses they feel like; b) “too big to fail” is alive and well; c) there’s no Tobin tax on financial transactions, and d) the Volcker rule gets loopholed after you promised us on TV that you’d give us that rule (remember, it happened when you pooped yourself over Scott Brown taking Massachusetts). The result? In four to ten years, Wall Street will wreck us once again.
Heckuva job, Obamie.
And then your spokesman Robert Gibbs has a snit fit. Sam Youngman from The Hill reports:
“I hear these people saying he’s like George Bush. Those people ought to be drug tested,” Gibbs said. “I mean, it’s crazy.” The press secretary dismissed the “professional left” in terms very similar to those used by their opponents on the ideological right, saying, “They will be satisfied when we have Canadian healthcare and we’ve eliminated the Pentagon. That’s not reality.” Of those who complain that Obama caved to centrists on issues such as healthcare reform, Gibbs said: “They wouldn’t be satisfied if Dennis Kucinich was president.”
Maybe your man Gibbs had a bad day. Funny, none of the things he’s talking about have been pushed by the bulk of the “professional” left. All we’ve done is push for a robust public option, and some common sense about our wars. Your man Gibbs is demonizing us like Faux News does when they call you a “socialist.” I imagine Gibbs is venting your own frustration, so it means you’re demonizing us, too, just as if you were working for Faux News. Thanks a lot, Mr. President. And hey, what the heck are you doing!? You’re peeing inside your big tent on the folks who worked their butts off for you (even though, before Iowa, most progressives were behind that idiot Edwards). Talk about entitlement. Talk about whiny privileged brats. Has the White House suddenly become a juvenile frat house for liberal Chicago Ivy League assholes?
Listen, Mr. President, we progressives see it as our duty to hold your feet to the fire. A very necessary duty: after all, those very feet have often run so far away from a liberal agenda, we progressives have had to keep darting into GOP territory to retrieve your feet for a well-deserved grilling.
You saved Wall Street by throwing them a life raft, which started with your man Geithner and others under Bush. But the longer you were president, the more this life raft turned into a luxurious yacht. In the end, you let the banksters get away with everything. What did you save for us regular Americans? All we got was a watered-down Recovery Act and some other emergency measures that still leave us with 9.5% unemployment according to the latest July 2010 stats.
It’s actually worse than that, because 181,000 people have left the work force and stopped looking for work, and in the screwed-up way we count our unemployed, we no longer count those who’ve given up, which is why the real figure for the unemployed and underemployed is more like 19 million plus, and the rest of us lucky employed ones are working longer hours at shittier jobs because the good jobs keep going overseas. They say there’s one job for every six Americans looking for that job.
Here’s the skinny for your big fat ears: the jobs aren’t there, dude, and you’re doing NOTHING about it. The only thing that will work, Mr. Brain-Up-Your-Butt President, is to directly employ millions to work on repairing and building our falling-apart Neanderthal infrastructure (the smart grid you keep talking about, that Portugal and Denmark have, and you’re too in love with Big Oil to give us). The only thing guaranteed to make a difference is a public works program that FDR had and you don’t, because you’re too much of a suck-up to the big corporations who’d outsource your job if they could but since they’ve already bought you and Gibbs and Emanuel and Geithner and Summers they don’t have to outsource you like they’ve done with our jobs.
Some recovery, dude. Lucky us, dude. Really appreciate the big leg up, man.
Now you want progressives to cheer? Now you want ANYONE to cheer? For what, Mr. President? For your goddam pecs?
The people who fucked us, those Wall Street fraudsters, are making out like bandits because they got $13 trillion at 0.2% from the Fed. And the people who got fucked, us regular Americans, we got no more than $500 billion, and we’re walking the streets jobless and homeless and mad with you and Washington and the whole damn cabal of moochers at the public trough of our tax dollars.
Do you see anything wrong with this picture, President Obama? America despises Wall Street, but you bent over for them. Got it? At all?
What part of it don’t you understand? AMERICA DESPISES WALL STREET, BUT YOU BENT OVER FOR THEM. Got it now? Let me say it one more time. AMERICA DESPISES WALL STREET, BUT YOU BENT OVER FOR THEM. Has that big fat truth landed inside the bubble of your skull inside the bubble of your White House inside the bubble of Washington? Has it, Mr President?
Not from where this progressive is standing.
Every time I see your pal Tim Geithner mumblecore your inane White House talking points — how you saved our financial system, how the recovery has started — I want to ask Timothy to recover his goddam brain if he’s still got one left after a lifetime of sucking up to rich people. I hear him talk to some softballing inside-the-Beltway interviewer, and I want to force-feed some truth serum right down the butts out of which they’re talking.
Your economic team of Summer and Geithner, both of whom have been living up Wall Street’s sphincter for years, are making damn sure that the banks get preferential treatment and that the rest of us are sucking worse eggs than those found in the fallopian tubes of a radiated warthog on crystal meth who grew up in an oil spill.
These guys, Summer and Geithner, who shill for Wall Street day and night, weren’t appointed by the GOP, Obama. They were appointed by you. You didn’t have the balls to appoint Joseph Stiglitz. He won a Nobel Prize for actually doing something, not like your Nobel Prize for what you might do, which it doesn’t look like you’ll ever do, given your record of a half-assed half-a-loaf Presidency so far.
Two things you should remember: You saved Wall Street by having your entire administration, with the exception of Paul Volcker who’s too tall to bend over for anyone, fellate Lloyd Blankfein and Jamie Dimon and Vikram Pandit et al ad infinitum. But when it came to regular Americans, you short-changed us.
That’s the long and the short and the tall of it. Don’t whine about the American people being uninformed or bamboozled by cable TV or the 24/7 news cycle. The American people are on to you. We can see you abandoned us to crawl up Wall Street’s Hershey tunnel. No amount of okey-doke from you can cover this fact.
Your cheek-to-cheek tango with Wall Street, Mr. President, while the American people remained the wallflowers — that’s what laid you wide open to attacks from the right, attacks that stick to you like maggots to a corpse, even though the conservatives are ventriloquating via gasbag butt monkeys like Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann and Sharron Angle and other assorted chocolate-covered nut jobs from the Jolly Box of Extreme and Empty Kook Queens. Actual humans are taking these idiots seriously because you, AND YOU ALONE, have given them their chance by screwing up so bad. You let the wet, farty, greedy, stinky dogs in, Mr. President.
It’s nobody’s fault but YOURS.
Yes, you deserve some credit for a few things in your health care bill: no more “pre-existing condition” excuses to refuse health care; no more dropping of customers when they get sick; no more capping the amount of care someone needs when they get sick. Solid things we appreciate. But — after talking a year about how we need the public option to keep the insurance industry “honest,” you didn’t fight for it in the end, even though it was a small thing that had been whittled down to a speck of what it should have been.
Thanks a lot, dude. We’re really grateful you made sure the public option went down. We’re really grateful you cut a deal with the industry to make it go down — when a clear majority of regular Americans wanted it. Thank you so much for listening to the insurance industry instead of to the American people. Thank you so much for making sure that the health care industry has no competition, so they can find new ways to rip us off.
You ignore our wishes, you fight against our wishes, and then you expect us to be grateful? Go splooge in your hand, dude. Grow a pair between now and 2012, and we’ll leave our homes to vote for you. Otherwise we’ll stay home or vote for Nader.
Yes, you banned torture and the overseas CIA prisons (but left Guantanamo open, and left standing extraordinary rendition and indefinite detention, and didn’t lift a finger to dismantle the dollar-sucking Stasi-like Surveillance State we’ve become, with so many departments of fuck-knows-what, our “security” has morphed into an uncoordinated mess of floods of useless data vomited forth by government bureaucrats using our tax dollars to earn their wages sitting on their behinds doing nothing productive). Yes, you’re getting us out of Iraq and maybe out of Afghanistan (but increasing the Pentagon budget, plus you’re too cowardly to repeal Bill “I-Triangulate-Therefore-I-Am” Clinton’s idiotic “don’t ask don’t tell”). Yes, you cut out the middleman for student loans (but students still have to bankrupt themselves if they don’t have rich parents). Yes, you made sure women could sue for equal pay and get it. Yes, you’ve made some smart moves on education. Yes, you saved Detroit and thousands of jobs in a recovering auto industry (funny how we don’t hear much from the GOP anymore about this socialist giveaway to the unions). And yes, you shook down BP for $20 billion, and got no credit for it because everybody is so fed up with your namby-pamby ways in all other respects.
You tackled many little things, and some big things, and didn’t kick the can down the road, all very nice of you, but the important big things — a public works jobs program, a meaningful energy bill, the public option, too big to fail — you’ve ducked. You were too scaredy-cat to fight for things you might lose. You only fought when you knew you would win. That’s not fighting for what you believe. I guess you didn’t believe in those big things, otherwise we would’ve seen you fight for them, win or lose.
You talk big and you act small. We’ve read about FDR, and you’re no FDR. You’re not even LBJ. You’re a great big fat weenie of a wimp. A jellyfish has more backbone than you. An earthworm has more cojones than you. Nero did more for his people than you do for us. Don’t whine to us about having to be pragmatic or realistic. That’s just an excuse for not getting off your butt and doing what’s right, to hell with special interests. Even if they win, you should be going down fighting, and not give up or cut a deal or make any of those Clintonian moves that your Clintonian advisers like so much.
Now your spokesman Robert Gibbs gets all pissy because the progressive base isn’t licking your posterior. Who do you think we are, dumbfuck right-wing idiots who licked Bush’s ass no matter what he did, just because he’d throw them a little red state meat about pro-life and anti-gay and some other fuck-witted notion that he wasn’t going to do anything about anyway? You want progressives to thank you for your half-assed pieces of watered-down legislation when your White House always makes sure to kill anything actually effective and progressive in Nancy Pelosi’s bills?
You’re not a GOP president talking to dumbfuck rightwing Faux News idiots, my man. You’re a Democratic President talking to progressives. We’re smart and savvy. Bring on your smoke and mirrors and we’ll see through them. We’re your base because we’re smart, not because we’re dumb. We’re sick and tired of empty promises. We want our country to get moving again and not be stuck on park where you’ve put it.
Some of us still have a little bit of hope for you, Obama. You’re ten times smarter and better and nicer and saner than Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush, Haley Barbour, and all the other IQ-challenged borrow-and-spend GOP bottom-feeders who can’t think beyond creating huge deficits by cutting taxes for the rich, privatizing Social Security (code for giving our Social Security money to Wall Street), and giving our school dollars to the Pentagon. They’re always ready to help rich people and big corporations and to buy more weapons, but when it comes to regular folk, they want to cut Social Security and Medicare, or privatize or abolish them, and fire teachers and cops and firefighters, and bust their unions. It’s cozy socialism and deficit spending for the rich, and raw capitalism and deficit cutting for the rest of us. They’re so dumb, they make a bedbug look smart.
But we’d like for you, Mr. President, to help America. That’s your damn job, Barack Obama, and you’re not doing it.
So shape up. Or get shipped out. In these dog days of August, 22% of Democrats are enthusiastic about voting, compared to 44% of Republicans. You’re a politician, so make up your mind about whose votes you need. Make up your mind about your loyalty to those voters who worked and voted for you, and are now being dissed by your right-hand man.
It’s your choice. You start acting like a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the Democratic Party, and you’ll get our vote.
You keep forgetting us, Obama, and we’ll forget you.