Monday, February 14, 2011

Obama Focuses on Deficit, and Guess Whose Fault it is?

What was that Atrios line? "And the millions of unemployed cheered themselves hoarse"? Yeah, that. I especially like the part where he eliminates Pell Grants and screws post-secondary students over on interest charges. Now THAT'S "winning the future", Barry!

Wrong time, wrong target. And as Paul Krugman ably demonstrates, one that's only going to piss people off when the thing you cut is something they like. Obama was voted partially to be a president that sets aside Washington's ridiculous GroupThink on issues like deficits, and focus on what's really bothering Americans. Guess that just doesn't happen.

But, hey, it isn't just his fault. It's also yours. Remember: you voted for this. You voted in a whole lotta Republicans who were wailing about budget deficits. You didn't just toss out those "blue-dog" idiots, either, which would be understandable and excusable; you also threw out Democrats like Howard Feingold and Alan Grayson who were solid on the issues and knew what they were talking about.

You chose a Republican House that will do its best to drag the country into the abyss and told the president that he should follow their lead. You chose to have your government focus on deficits by fucking the poor and jobless. That's what the Republicans were selling, and you bought it.

There were an awful lot of "experts" telling you that it was necessary, of course. The media's owned by the very corps whose execs and owners benefit so handsomely from the total wealth transfer to the richest 1% that's going on in America. It would make sense that they'd bring in the very finest expert opinion money can buy. But you DO still have options, especially in this day and age.

Ah well, you've got two years to suffer, and then maybe you can throw THESE bums out too. Assuming you aren't too distracted by Snooki and The Situation to pay attention. I can only hope.


  1. I think you've got your Howards and Russells confused here, D.

    I'm not sure why you think everybody is to blame but you. Last I checked about 1/2 of the 1/2 of people who bother to vote don't get the candidate they wanted, so on behalf of my 25% of Wisconsin, FUA2.

  2. In every election in every FPTP system in history, there are people who "don't get the candidate they wanted". That doesn't change the nature of the election of 2010.

    And, obviously, it doesn't excuse those who (as you put it) didn't "bother to vote".

  3. "They all suck" is a lazy Villager narrative that reinforces voter apathy, so why repeat it?

    For Feingold the difference between winning and losing was just 105,00 votes out of a possible 4.37 million. Almost 1/2 the people who voted in the election didn't board the Republican crazy train and they aren't to blame for the problems of a FPTP system or the nature of the 2010 election.

    An argument that shames the 1/2 who don't vote, on the other hand, might do some good. Or blaming the Democrats for not finding a way to appeal to needs of 105,042 more voters in Wisconsin.

  4. Anonymous3:46 PM

    Or blaming the Democrats for not finding a way to appeal to needs of 105,042 more voters in Wisconsin.

    There, that's the one. Blame your war-mongering, corporate whore president.