Obama: Second Verse Same as the First


Remember when progressives thought that during his second term President Obama would be free to do what he really wanted all along but couldn’t because of concerns about re-election? We reasoned that during his second term he’d finally be free to show his true colors and implement the programs closest to his heart or hearts.

Well, we were right.

Problem is the programs closest to Obama’s heart have nothing to do with “Rooseveltian” courage. Instead, they’re about “Republican Lite” and rolling back the type of social programs that Roosevelt championed.

Turns out Obama loves torturing, secret prisons, punishing whistleblowers, spying on Americans without warrant, spending billions on wars, provoking North Korea, escalating the war in Syria, and droning American citizens and anyone else his friends identify as perhaps maybe possibly dangerous. He’ll probably approve the XL Pipeline.

Above all, Obama’s about rewarding the financiers unilaterally responsible for the current depression, and making grandma and grandpa pay instead.

How many times do we have to say it? Social Security has contributed not a nickel to the current economic crisis. If left as it is, it will be solvent for the next 35 years. To cure any problems then, all that needs done is to lift the cap that prevents the rich from paying into the system after their first $110,000. It’s as simple as that.

And this is the guy who just a few months ago was groveling for our votes promising he had the backs of the 99% and would see that the 1% pay their fair share.

What happened to all his talk about doing something about Cayman Islands tax dodges?

We’ve been duped twice by this snake-oil salesman. Shame on us!

It’s like that great man once said, “There’s an old saying in Tennessee – I know it’s in Texas, probably in Tennessee – that says, fool me once, shame on – shame on you. Fool me – you can’t get fooled again.”


I’ve said it before and will say it again. Obama’s nothing but a “Wall Street Democrat.” (That’s what we used to call Republicans before they all went nuts.)

Or as his former pastor, Jeremiah Wright, put it, Obama’s “just another cheap Chicago politician.”

We gotta write to this guy and express our outrage about his betrayal.

Democrats who support Obama’s budget should be made to pay at the ballot box. They should all be primaried.

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Mike Rivage-Seul's Blog

Emeritus professor of Peace & Social Justice Studies. Liberation theologian. Activist. Former R.C. priest. Married for 45 years. Three grown children. Six grandchildren.

2 thoughts on “Obama: Second Verse Same as the First”

  1. Obama did not fool me the first time. When he threw Rev. Wright under the bus, he showed his true colors. The fat cats knew who he was; they gave him more money than his rival. We do not have real elections in the US anyway, it really doesn’t matter who you vote for — you will be voting for the corporate interests. Ralph Nader was our last chance, and his defeat showed how truly clueless the Amarican public really is.


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