Sometimes I wish President Obama had a “street advisor”, an actual people’s representative. If that was the case, he wouldn’t have been “surprised” that Republican Scott Brown easily won Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat last night.
What I can’t understand for the life of me, is why the administration didn’t realize that 2008 was a REAL change election? While the new political must-have, Game Change, reveals that many Democratic establishment officials secretly backed Obama, it is still unbelievable and amazing that the American public voted for the first African-American President. Even people, who normally would not have given the young, black, then-Senator a second look, took a chance because they were devastated and anxious about the near catastrophic economic conditions and tired of war.
So Obama was elected because we DID NOT want politics as usual nor the old tired Beltway antics. Instead, we witnessed a White House show that they were not immensely concerned with Main Street and were more interested in pursuing their own politically advantageous agenda which would continue the Democrats long-time love affair with Wall Street.
While many people agreed that immediate action was needed to stave off a major depression, the banks were bailed out while the general public was left to fend for themselves. No check on the outrageous bonuses for the very people who caused the financial crises, banks creating and levying new fees left and right, financial institutions REFUSING to lend money to individuals and small businesses, and mortgage companies refusing to renegotiate loan terms.
And all we received was lip service from the administration. After almost a year of public disgust, the President decides to stick the banks with new fees/taxes to recoup the bailout. Too little, too late.
Remember when the President said he didn’t believe in stupid wars and that he wouldn’t have voted for the Iraq war. After seeing his decision on Afghanistan, I doubt seriously that he would have “stood up to the establishment”.
And finally there is health care. It’s crazy hearing the pundits proclaim that people don’t care about health care, but care about jobs. That’s like saying people are concerned about jobs but not concerned about taxes. Additionally, people who are really concerned about the growing national deficit know we need healthcare reform. Is it only liberals who are denied benefits and/or dropped from coverage? Is it only liberals who don’t want their premiums and co-pays to rise with no end in sight? Dems, please stop listening to pundits, like Lanny Davis. Remember during the primary campaign, people wanted a universal-type health system whether it was Hillary Clinton’s or Barack Obama’s. Then decisively voted for the presumed “health care for all” candidate over John McCain.
I blame the Great Communicator for allowing the GOP/Tea Party to run health care show. “Medicare for all, no denial for pre-existing conditions, and a reduction in the deficit” should have been the only message. People don’t want any old bill…they want REAL health care reform. HCR is unpopular as the bank bailout because both are seen as giveaways to corporate America.
The President turning on a major part of his base, the progressives, was the nail in the coffin. If he had the foresight to realize Martha Coakley would be in trouble, he probably would have kept the “I didn’t campaign on the public option” comment to himself.
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