Barack Obama burst onto the scene as a true player to most Americans winning the Iowa caucus during a highly competitive Democratic primary. The win ultimately catapulted the junior senator from Illinois into being the Democratic nominee, and after beating John McCain, he became the 45th president of the United States.
We all was happy. Firstly, because we didn’t have to deal with W anymore, but secondly, we had the hope of a new beginning. Progressives like myself became besotted with president Obama because we thought he would fight for a freer, more liberal cause in both social and economic matters.
Sadly, we were wrong. Instead, what we got was a much more conservative pro-establishment president then we could imagine. We got a Democratic Ronald Reagan. Hell, Obama praises Reagan all the time. He loves the man. Obama said in 2008 that Reagan “changed the trajectory of America” in a way that Clinton did not. In fact, this is all of what he said:
“I don’t want to present myself as some sort of singular figure. I think part of what is different is the times. I do think that, for example, the 1980 election was different. I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not. He put us on a fundamentally different path because the country was ready for it. They felt like with all the excesses of the 60s and the 70s and government had grown and grown but there wasn’t much sense of accountability in terms of how it was operating. I think he tapped into what people were already feeling. Which is we want clarity, we want optimism, we want a return to that sense of dynamism and entrepreneurship that had been missing.”
Today Reagan wouldn’t be considered a “true” republican, as the GOP has gone extremely far right. Reagan would be considered a moderate republican, and he would be frowned upon as too liberal. Obama’s policies represents those of a moderate republican or blue dog democrat at best — neither side has progressive ideals in mind.
President Obama’s re-election was a choice between the lesser of two evils. Voting Mitt Romney into the oval office would have been a disaster for us commoners — who he sees as the 47 percent of Americans that are “takers.” This comment sank Mitt’s campaign. But this gets back to the lack of choices we had to choose from. It was between a rich guy with Swiss bank accounts worth hundreds of millions of dollars or the president we currently had. That choice was a no brainer.
President Obama is ‘The Establishment’ because he does whatever the establishment likes, as they’re the most influential figures in our society (corporations, executives, rich donors, etc). His loyalty to the establishment has no bounds. And there is numerous examples of this behavior. When the biggest financial companies sank the economy with fraud, no executive went to jail. Then when he has the power to implement a real effective health care law, he punts single payer and the public option in favor of extending the current health care system, which is a joke. J. D. Kleinke of The New York Times said it best, Obamacare is a republican’s dream, as “the architecture of the Affordable Care Act is based on conservative, not liberal, ideas about individual responsibility and the power of market forces.”
His pro establishment mindset will continue throughout the second term of his presidency. The president wasted no time, as he started the year off by making most of the Bush tax cuts in the “fiscal cliff” permanent when he didn’t have to; this gave the republicans a win in the tax debate when they had zero leverage. The president’s own base seen the rouse unfolding, as leaders of progressive organizations spoke out.
“The president remains clueless about how to use leverage in a negotiation,” said Adam Green, a co-founder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, a liberal advocacy organization. “Republicans publicly admitted they lost the tax debate and would be forced to cave, yet the president just kept giving stuff away.” 
Even the republican tax demigod himself, Grover Norquist, said on Huffpost Live that Obama permanently restored 85 percent of the Bush tax cuts. So everything you’ve seen from the mainstream media, is not accurate. We were sold a bill of goods–again by the country’s best politician Barack Obama. Fact is, republican anti-tax supporters actually won this political battle. Hey, still need more assurance that the tax deal was bad? Watch this video of Cenk Uygur from The Young Turks as he breaks it down even clearer.
Our president is either one of the worse negotiating presidents we’ve ever had, or he fundamentally believes in the conservative bills he passes. Those who blindly support everything this president does, need to stop making excuses. The facts are the facts.
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