President Barack Obama is so busy being a crybaby by proxy that he’s missing some excellent political opportunities. Let me qualify that by making one thing perfectly clear. Obama’s utter neglect of the true numbers of unemployed; his failure to prosecute Wall Street crooks; his disappearing act on climate change; and, the war crimes against the Libya and Syria demonstrate that he’s not just doing bad things, he is fully qualified as a bad person.
Having said that, there are some interesting political developments that deserve attention, developments that Obama could exploit to the hilt if he wasn’t such a crybaby about national security and foreign affairs. (Image: loneyvs)
The deficit is going down, significantly. The deficit will be about $400 billion less than 2012 with surpluses over $112 billion in April and June. For the first seven months of the current fiscal year, the deficit is down 32%. Modest employment increases, increased taxes on the rich, and some effect of the sequester account for this. Why isn’t Obama all over the place touting this? And, why isn’t he pushing jobs as hard as he can?
The Affordable Healthcare Act (aka Obamacare) might actually turn out to be just that. An historical trend of slower increases in medical costs comes just as the Health Exchanges for Obamacare go into effect. Exchanges are the point of purchase for those of us who buy health insurance direct from insurance companies — the self employed, very small businesses, entrepreneurs, or anyone else without employer provided health insurance.
The leveling trend in costs intersects with Obamacare’s insurance premium subsidy (welfare for health insurers) based on a multiplier of the individual or family poverty level. A family of four, two children, two adults, no smokers with an annual income of $84,000 will pay $6,100 per year or so for a quality health plan. That’s truly affordable (see Kaiser Foundation calculator).. The self employed, small business owners will notice the difference.since the direct purchase rates, right now, are through the roof.
Obama should be all over this, chiding those who want to repeal the plan and jumping up and down on Neanderthal governors who opted out of the Exchange program (citizens those states will use a Federal plan). This program is so much better than what the self-employed suffer through now, there will be a huge political dividend…if Obama bothers to make the case. But he’s not.
Unfortunately, the White House is all about foreign military actions, unconstitutional spying on civilians and snooping into the communications of friends and foes alike.
It is crybaby rhetoric, pure and simple. Obama doesn’t do the boo-hooing himself. He has proxies.
Here is proxy extraordinaire Susan Rice telling the UN that “The United States is disgusted….” This is a profound distortion of the facts of the that NATO, Gulf states attack on Syria:
Rice was bad but Samantha Powers, the nominee to replace Rice as UN Ambassador, is another major crybaby. Here she goes: (ABC News, July 17)
Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee to be the next United States ambassador to the U.N., spoke bluntly about Syria at her Senate confirmation hearing on Tuesday. Power called the ongoing conflict, which the U.N. estimates has killed more than 90,000 people and produced 1.8 million refugees, “one of the most devastating cases of mass atrocity” she has ever seen.
“I don’t know that I can recall a leader who has, in a way, written a new playbook for brutality in terms of the range of grotesque tactics that the Assad regime has employed in response to a democratic uprising,” she told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
This crybaby proxy has a histrionic flair. The Syrian conflict is devastating but who started it? Where did they start it? Who funds the conflict allowing it to continue. The peaceful demonstrations against Bashar al-Assad were turned into a military rebellion with the help of weapons and foreign fighters to which the United States turned a blind eye. The U.S. provided millions in nonlethal aid which helped sustain the fight. The battle ground chosen by the rebels consisted of Syrian cities, a fact Powers leaves out. What did she think, that Assad would just surrender. The 90,000 dead due to the conflict are due to those who sustained the conflict and that includes the United States.
ABC quotes Powers: “We see the failure of the U.N. Security Council to respond to the slaughter in Syria – a disgrace that history will judge harshly,” she said.
Forget history, right now, people are judging every power and every leader that fomented the slaughter, including, at the head of the pack, her boss, the president. What’s her problem? Oh, right, she’s a professional crybaby for Obama, one sided and immune from rational considerations.
But it’s not all histrionics. This is low grade crybaby whining from the White House. Press Secretary Jay Carney on Russian asylum for Edward Snowden (August 1, CBS)
Poor Carney. He’s clearly saddened and holding back a more emo reaction to the Russians. Why the sad face and whining? Because, the Obama administration didn’t get its way with Russia. They want Snowden in the worst way? For what, a rendition, water boarding, to suffer the humiliations inflicted on Bradley Manning when he was confined to a military prison?
Obama’s foreign policy stinks. He sides with the backwards elements in the Middle East, the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt; and he’s on the same side as Al Qaeda linked fighters in Syria. He’s did his pivot to the Pacific Rim to engage China. That means conflict rather than cooperation. Thanks to forcing down the official airplane of the president of Bolivia, Latin American leaders in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, and even Columbia have taken strong stands against him.
Give up the overseas adventures, Mr. President. Stick around here and work much harder on unemployment and healthcare. If you want a foreign adventure, be truly “global” by fighting as hard as you can for a response to species threatening (human species) climate change.
And please, get rid of those proxy crybabies.
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