Obama Cares: A Warning Shot Across the Bow

Posted: September 20th, 2011 | Filed under: Politics, Ruminations | 2 Comments »


It’s about damn time. And none too soon, I might add.

President Barack Obama spent the first three years of his presidency as a seeker of compromise, a man willing to listen to all, attempting to fashion solutions to problems by taking into account all sides of an issue. But he’s been the only playah in D.C. in that mode.

He’s been swimming in the shark tank without protection. No more.

The not so loyal opposition doesn’t play nice. Republicans have proven themselves vipers, answering only to the ultra wealthy supporters who feed their campaign chests. They have come to disregard the presidency so much they don’t even wait for an Obama proposal before opposing it.

Finally, after a petulant John Boehner so disrespected the president and presidency by vetoing a date simply requested by Obama to address Congress, the president said, “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore.”

The GOP isn’t going to agree to anything proposed by the White House. Nothing. Ever.

Now that he realizes that, Obama is striking back. No debt reduction without increased taxes on the rich and powerful. (Thank you, Warren Buffet.) It’s time to even things out, make everyone, yes including hedge fund operators, to pay their fair share. And, I’ll veto anything legislation you send me without it.

Most important, it is the right thing to do. And right on. Right for the country, and a legit way to help reduce the budget deficit. And certainly will help the president politically.

Because, my friends, there are more of us than there are of them. Lots more. Despite their loud braying, the Tea Party remains a distinctively minority movement, though certainly not without influence . . . thus far anyway. Despite their financial clout, especially now that it’s open season on PACs, the Rich Republican Elite is an even smaller segment of the population.

While money, as always, doesn’t talk, it swears, there is a new paradigm of cyberegalitarianism. Given social networking, the speed of the internet, its ability to fashion opinion (for good and bad) and its insinuation in our lives, the public can be and is being swayed by all sorts of forces, many of which are underwritten on a dime.

In response to Obama’s new feistiness, Republicans have been predictably obstructionist, calling the president’s proposal, “class warfare.”

So it is, ye Fox-watching patricians. It’s Game On!

Best beware. Madame Defarge is knitting names as we speak.


2 Comments on “Obama Cares: A Warning Shot Across the Bow”

  1. 1 Susannah said at 1:33 pm on September 20th, 2011:

    I wish I had your courage. I am one of the silent democrats who is afraid of pissing of potential clients and my friends. Thank you CD!

  2. 2 Tim Schooler said at 11:57 am on September 26th, 2011:

    Amen and amen! I am not afraid of pissing off the people who have bought in to the Republican mentality based on lack of awareness, education, etc. and whom continue to vote against their own and their comrades best interests.

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