This is not what I voted for.

Obama is escalating the war in Afghanistan and hasn’t closed Guantanamo yet. He also hasn’t parted the Red Sea or cured cancer, but my hopes weren’t quite that high. Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone explains at length why the financial crisis not only hasn’t been solved, but looks like it’s getting worse.

What’s taken place in the year since Obama won the presidency has turned out to be one of the most dramatic political about-faces in our history. Elected in the midst of a crushing economic crisis brought on by a decade of orgiastic deregulation and unchecked greed, Obama had a clear mandate to rein in Wall Street and remake the entire structure of the American economy. What he did instead was ship even his most marginally progressive campaign advisers off to various bureaucratic Siberias, while packing the key economic positions in his White House with the very people who caused the crisis in the first place.

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4 Responses to This is not what I voted for.

  1. Kathy says:

    Not to mention that BS copyright treaty that the government won’t release the text of for “national security reasons”, and his lack of support for the GLBT community (and there, I don’t mean “he hasn’t repealed DOMA yet”, but he actually has a cabinet member who, under his watch, released a brief on why DOMA “needs” to remain in place.)

    I didn’t vote for either of those bullshit things, either. Or for banks releasing press releases trumpeting the fact that they’ve paid back their TARP money, but neglecting to mention that they’ve been given better government loans with which to pay back the ORIGINAL loans. Or for Guantanamo still being there. Or for our people dying and killing on foreign turf when I’m flummoxed as to what exactly it is gaining us. Our problem in that area of the world is that we are reviled and this is why we draw attacks, so our solution is to make ourselves more reviled?

    I think he’s trying to compromise or something, and he’ll never win over the people on the other side but he can sure piss the people who voted for him off. It’s a lose/lose, but that seems to be the tactic he’s playing.

    Don’t even get me started on health care reform that will mandate coverage and yet provide no sane, affordable option for people who aren’t eligible to receive it through an employer.

    I think I’m going to watch the Mickey Mouse special now and try to clear my head.

  2. Kindralas says:

    Keep in mind that Obama has not provided any input to the health care proposals currently out there. All of that has been done by Congress.

    Overall, I’ve been disappointed as well, but I think Obama inspired too high of expectations. Everyone sort of thought when they elected him that by now, we’d be out of Afghanistan, the economy would be improving, and we’d have a solid health care proposal on the table. The problem is that our government is still our government, and there are issues that come from that.

    Unfortunately, the election came down to a choice between Obama and McCain. I have no doubts that we made the right choice there. McCain certainly wouldn’t have done better.

  3. George Haberberger says:

    People who run for president promise things about which they do not have full knowledge. After they win they are given information that sometimes shines an entirely different light on what they thought they knew. This is especially true in foreign policy matters. Essentially people are criticizing President Obama because he is not Candidate Obama.

  4. George Haberberger says:

    I remember something a man Chuck and I worked with, Bob Maul, said a long time ago. “They told me if I voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964 that we would be at war in Vietnam. They were right. I voted for Goldwater and we went to war in Vietnam.

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