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As Obstacles Abound, Obama Dismisses 'Cynicism'

By Ben Pershing
President Obama's collision with reality continues apace today, as his signature initiatives hit snags -- or what Nancy Pelosi calls "the legislative process" -- on a variety of fronts.

The Washington Post writes Obama's health care initiatives "ran headlong this week into the realities of Congress." The president's financial overhaul, meanwhile, "faces formidable obstacles on Capitol Hill," according to the New York Times. And of course there's Iran, a subject on which Obama is still "taking heat for his measured comments," reports USA Today.

Noting those examples and Obama's recent poll numbers, Marc Ambinder mocks: "The media is on a kick these days. Where Obama's agenda has been packed of items and accomplishments, he's on a roll. Then, 'realities' always intrude, and Obama's agenda 'stalls' as the public begins to have doubts." (Stupid media -- always looking at "polls" and "legislation" to make judgments about the president.) At a fundraiser last night, Obama himself dismissed the rising tide of negative coverage: "This is when the criticism gets louder. This is when the pundits get impatient. This is when the cynicism mounts."

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By Ben Pershing  |  June 19, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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As someone who enthusiastically supported Obama during the primaries and election, it's hard for anyone with critical thinking skills not to become at least somewhat cynical the way Obama has abandoned and is likely to further abandon some of his key promises/rhetoric.

These include:

1) promising transparency and the rule of law in government, but actually so far being about as secretive as the Bush-Cheney regime, and seeking in effect to condone or at least cover up, by not prosecuting, torture, human rights abuses

2) strongly denouncing Senator Clinton's health care mandate, but being on the verge of accepting such a financially onerous requirement for millions of households in a health care bill

3) criticizing Senator McCain's idea to tax employer provided health care benefits and giving a firm pledge not to raise taxes on households with less than $250,000 in annual income, but being open to doing both

4) saying he wanted Congress to repeal the "defense of marriage act," yet allowing his "justice" department to defend this discriminatory law, using highly offensive language one would expect from right wing homophobes

5) saying he supports a government administered health care plan to try to contain rising health care costs and offer people an alternative to private health insurance companies, yet not insisting this be included in a health care bill, leaving open the possibility he and Democrats will again sell-out to corporate greed

Posted by: Aprogressiveindependent | June 20, 2009 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Briliant response there Ron. That just blows me away. How long did it take for you to think up that?

Posted by: danielhancock | June 20, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Maybe you are not cynical, your problem may be that you are superficial.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 19, 2009 9:54 PM | Report abuse

Pardon me for being cynical but I just find it hard to take when the President runs up the largest deficits in history and then tries to cast himself as the champion of the pay as you go approach to spending.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 19, 2009 5:30 PM | Report abuse

If polls show that people believe that deficit reduction is more important they are wrong. Just like polls indicated that stimulating the economy was more important in 2005 and 2006. The government as well as people should save for a rainy day before it occurs. We are in the middle of a downpour and people have to save because they are not sure of the continuation of their salary or in some cases the life expectancy of their employer. The government has to spend to make up for peoples saving. The important thing is to spend wisely so that when the economy recovers it will be more robust than if the spending had not occurred.

Studies have shown that most people do not make economic decisions that maximize their returns but instead do what satisfies their emotions at the time.

The Bush administration stimulated the economy by fostering the real estate industry. All of the benefit from that stimulation is gone. The difference between the Obama stimulation and the Bush stimulation is that money is going into diverse areas of the economy and jobs will be the result. Jobs were produced at an anemic rate under Bush because all of the money was going to the wealthy. Republicans support those who are interested in the financial welfare of the wealthy. No matter how correct you may think they are on guns and abortion, they are wrong on deficits. Cutting the deficits will make deflation worse. Right now there is no appreciable inflation.

Who benefits from deflation? Those who have wealth particularly those who have liquid assets or cash. If that is not you then you will not be the benefactor of Republican policy. They were wrong in the "90s and even more wrong in the last decade. (They were right in the 80's but did not understand why because they did not change when circumstances warranted).

Deregulation, although beneficial to the financial industry has over the long term (not the short term) been a disaster for their customers or their share holders.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 19, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

What do you believe is more important deficit reduction or stimulate the economy?


Posted by: usadblake | June 19, 2009 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Memo to Attorney General Eric Holder (c.c., Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Jay Carney):



The Bush-Cheney multi-agency extrajudicial targeting and punishment vigilante network and its related unconstitutional array of "programs of personal destruction" remain in place under a misinformed or naive Obama administration.

President Obama may not even be aware of some of the deeply entrenched "black ops" that make a mockery of the rule of law and threaten his presidency:

• The "multi-agency action" nationwide army of "community stalking" citizen vigilantes hiding behind federally-funded volunteer organizations such as Infragard , Citizen Corps, and USA on Watch, terrorizing unjustly targeted Americans via covertly implanted GPS tracking devices;

• Deployment of silent, injury- and illness-inducing radiation weaponry to police departments nationwide;

• Multi-agency unconstitutional programs -- ranging from pervasive spying to a parallel system of transaction processing that amounts to fascistic theft by deception -- must be taken down.

Immediately. Before more damage is done.

Before yet another "generated crisis" claims the renewed American spirit and again plunges the nation into despair and submission to "the dark side."

The security/military/intel agencies of government that are covertly commandeering this devolution of American democracy must be reined in and reformed, top to bottom, never again to subvert the rule of law.


Posted by: scrivener50 | June 19, 2009 9:40 AM | Report abuse

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