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The Obama Disaster

I think that Obama is an empty vessel with great ambition.  He thought that he was smart enough to be able to transcend “insignificant” political differences.  Lacking any real beliefs and deluded by intellectual arrogance, his idea of victory would be creating some kind of agreement, even if it would be a surrender of anything that he pretended to be.

He brought in people who knew how to get stuff done: Summers, Emmanuel, etc.  How could he not know that this Democratic Leadership Council strategy would be a political disaster?

 

In the end, Obama’s legacy will be to legitimize some of the worst elements of the Republican agenda and to discredit anybody in the future who tries to call for progressive change.

 

Our last three Democratic presidents have all been pretty smart and total disasters.  All three caved when faced with opposition.  Obama, however, is the worst of the bunch, taking pride in his courage to attack the relatively powerless forces calling for a modicum of decency.

Inequality on the Diamond

At the time that we are about to preserve the tax cuts for the very rich, a New York Times article shine a nice light on the extent of inequality.

 

“At its high point, six decades ago, DiMaggio’s salary came to $100,000. That was a lot of money in 1950, equivalent to about $900,000 today.  DiMaggio earned about 30 times the median family income back then.  Mr. Jeter, however, earns roughly 300 times as much as today’s median family income — assuming that the family has any income at all. With unemployment stubbornly stuck at 9 percent — plus, many people are watching this battle of the millionaires with very cold noses pressed against the window.”

 

Haberman, Clyde. 2010. “Fewer Millions for Jeter? Say It Ain’t So!” New York Times (30 November): p. A 23.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/nyregion/30nyc.html?ref=clydehaberman