The Bursting of the Obama Bubble

As Charles Krauthammer observes, it is remarkable how quickly the idealistic Obama has given way to the politics-as-usual Obama.  During the campaign we heard golden-mouthed rhetoric about cleaning up Washington, about running the most ethical administration ever, about banishing lobbyists from government positions, about putting aside partisanship, and as Krauthammer remarks, about governing on the basis of hope over fear.  What do we have?  Lobbyists and tax cheats appointed to high positions.  A stimulus bill that is a fiasco of special interest backscratching.  No discernible change of tone in Washington.  And nothing but fear-mongering on Obama’s part as a strategy to cram this abomination of a bill down our throats before we can have an honest debate over it.   

To all Obama groupies out there: this is what reality feels like.  Come join us in it.

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7 Responses to “The Bursting of the Obama Bubble”

  1. futiledemocracy Says:

    I’m trying my very hardest to keep quiet about Republican bitterness. But it’s difficult.

  2. fenderpooh Says:

    Yes, it is bitterness. Bitterness is the taste left in my mouth when I see my country swooning over empty promises. I think I have every right to be bitter.

  3. Cory Glover Says:

    I think today’s actions might cause you to eat your words…we’ll see Monday whether it goes through or not. Sounds pretty bipartisan and centrist. 🙂

  4. Kathy Says:

    I don’t usually leave a comment on my son’t blog, but I can’t help it when today’s headline said “billions cut from education”. One of Obama’s promises was to improve education. How can you improve education when it is already hurting financially and you take away even more money. I’m in education and teachers are already overworked and underpaid and spend a lot of their own money (that they don’t have) on their students. This is going to cause more qualified, wonderful teachers to quit and look for other careers. Yes, I’m very bitter when I see it hurt the children of this country. The ones who don’t have a voice in the situation.

  5. Adam Phelan Says:

    I think Obama groupies are no more misguided than any conservative who believes that Republicans actually want to do anything about abortion besides use it to get elected.

  6. fenderpooh Says:

    Cory,

    Three moderate Republicans on board with this thing hardly constitutes bipartisanship. This bill is the Democrats’ way of giving payoffs to their support groups.

    What has Obama done when asked to consider more tax cuts? He has said, “I won, and you lost, so shut up.” That is not bipartisanship.

  7. fenderpooh Says:

    Mom,

    If I’m not mistaken, I don’t think the headline means that billions will be cut from the current spending on education. What it means is that the Senate version of this particular spending bill cut out a few billion new dollars that were going to go toward education. In other words, this is not a spending cut for education; it is the Senate version of the bill eliminating a proposed spending increase for education. Obama himself had little or nothing to do with it.

    But you have to look at what that spending was for. One thing the Democrats put into the bill was funding for a new school building in the Milwaukee school district, a district that already has fifteen empty school buildings! I know we have to fund education, but we should do it wisely and not wastefully. In any case, an economic stimulus bill really should have nothing to do with education but with stimulating the economy.

    Adam,

    In the past eight years there has been significant progress in the legal fight against abortion. Two Supreme Court justices have been appointed who are strong opponents of Roe v. Wade. A ban on partial-birth abortion was passed by Congress, signed by President Bush (whereas it had earlier been vetoed twice by Clinton), and upheld by the Roberts court. With Justice Ginsburg probably about to retire, there would be tremendous potential right now for the pro-life cause to make a significant gain…if we had a pro-life President. But we don’t. It is virtually certain that Obama will appoint a pro-abortion leftist to replace Ginsburg.

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