All this talk prior to the election about how Obama was going to bring in his Socialist friends and turn the United States into New Russia seemed silly then, to anyone with half a brain and an education beyond Rush Limbaugh and Fox News. Now, with most of Obie’s cabinet appointments announced, it appears downright ludicrous.
As many of his suckers supporters have noted, since winning this agent of “change” has stacked his future White House with The Old Guard—picks from either the Clinton years or Bush holdovers, otherwise known as The Usual Gang of Idiots. Particularly with regard to foreign policy and especially Iraq, it’s going to be hard to tell the new place from the old place.
As this article in Politico states today, Obama’s many supporters from the left and even left-center are becoming dismayed at what lies underneath once the mask has come off, and not just regarding appointments. First there was the pledge to immediately repeal Bush’s tax cut for the hoity-toity, but now he’s reversed that, and wanna bet the cuts become permanent at the end of 2010? He’ll find some reason—the economy is just starting to move, and stimulus spending by the business community is helping to create the new jobs we need to grow. —Gee, that’s pretty good; maybe I should be his speechwriter. Of course, there will be a slight uptick in jobs, and he’ll tell you it’s because business-owners are spending again that’s the reason, but it will be no such thing. Instead the gov’ment will just jiggle the numbers as they always do to make things look at least slighty better than they are. Wanna save this posting till 2010 and see if I’m right?
But that doesn’t surprise me so much. What does make me pause is his change of position on the Iraq war. The audacious commander-in-chief-elect had campaigned very pointedly on ending the war “on day one.” I actually thought there might be some truth to that, since he was against it from the very beginning and consistently voted down any aid to the effort.
But things have changed again. (Maybe that’s what he meant by “Change is coming soon.”) Now Obama merely says he will, on day one, begin to design a plan that includes a responsible draw-down. Boy, that’s pussy-footing that even a Michael Dukakis couldn’t match.
Somewhere recently—and now I forget where—I was reading a post about how America really has a set ruling class (with many of the participants named either “Clinton” or “Bush”) no matter who runs the show. I wish I’d bookmarked it, because I’d link to it here as my parting shot. It’s true. You say potato* and I say spud, it’s all the same thing. Here’s to another four years of tacking to the right, hemming and hawing on Guantanamo, Abu Graib, civil liberties, tax cuts for working people, corporate accountability, Pentagon accountability, and a host of other issues we were promised would see “change.” The audacity of it is, 2012 is just around the corner, so soon we’ll start hearing about “change” again.
*Or potatoe if you’re Dan Quayle.