Wednesday, January 20, 2010

President Zero

President Obama, from now on President Zero, has demonstrated the success of Democratic political strategy of the past 30 years, a strategy best exemplified to day by the most powerful man in the administration ... Rahm Emanuel.

Martha Coakley exemplified this strategy in Assachusetts: Ignore the common American, kowtow to the rich powerbrokers, insult people needlessly.

Let's review key points of Obama's winning strategy:
  • Do nothing to hold Bush administration war criminals accountable for their crimes.
  • Reward Wall Street for its crimes.
  • Pack your administration with advocates for Goldman Sachs and the Clinton-Reagan-Bush programs of deregulation, like Larry Summers, Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner, Peter Orszag, Austan Goolsbee
  • Blow off liberal economists and related thinkers like Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Krugman, Brooksley Born, Michael Hudson, Elizabeth Warren, Nouriel Roubini, . . . .
  • Charge the American people to support Wall Street billionaires's bonuses.
  • Do little or nothing to aid average workers in the work economic downturn in generations.
  • Fight disclosure of White House visitor logs until forced to by bad publicity.
  • Stop disclosure of US war crimes at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib by, among other things, keeping secret photographs of American atrocities.
  • Repeatedly exclude labor from discussions on the economy.
  • Repeatedly exclude advocates of single-payer from discussions on health care reform while including lobbyists and executives for big health insurers.
  • Coddle right-wing extremists, conservative Democrats and self-serving bigots like Joseph Lieberman while excluding or actively badmouthing progressives and liberals.
  • Fail to end the war in Iraq.
  • Expand war in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Continue extraordinary rendition while paying lip-service to closing Guantanamo and ending torture (but actually allowing it at Bagram, Afghanistan)
  • Continue Bush violations of the Constitution by denying due process rights to prisoners at Guantanamo.
  • Continue outrageous prosecutions of people like Syed Fahad Hashmi.
Such is the strategy of Democrats, 'lead' by Obama, President Zero.


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