billjanes commented on the blog post Al Franken: “I Think We’ve Ceded Too Much Ground” In Deficit Debate
Here’s a summary of what the America voters wanted and what Obama and the Democrats have done in two and a half years, just focusing four major issues:
1. TARP & Financial Bailout: Over 70% of us opposed the bailout. Obama accelerated it with Geithner and Bernanke – both Bush carryovers embraced by Obama.
2 . Health Care: 72% of us supported “a government-administered insurance plan—something like Medicare for those under 65—that would compete for customers with private insurers.” Supporting Max Baucus, Obama blocked hearings on single payer and chocked off true health care reform.
3. The Debt and Fair Taxes: Washington Post-ABC poll Washington Post-ABC poll, Spring 2011: 72 percent support raising taxes on the rich – including 68 percent of Independents and 54 percent of Republicans. Obama twice ‘bargained’ to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy.
4. Afghanistan: 64% of us opposed expanding the war in Afghanistan and wanted to disentangle from Bush-era ‘War on Terror’ and ‘preventive war’ policies. Today, over 70% of Americans oppose the war. Obama continues it.
So, have the Democrats ‘given too much’? I dont think the Democrats have done the American people any good at all, because the ‘Democrats’ have rejected every thing the American people wanted. So the Democrats havent ‘given to much’, they havent given at all. In fact, the Democrats’ record when compared to what people wanted is such that no one can seriously consider supporting the Democratic Party in the future. The Democratic Party has simply stopped supporting its own principles and standing up for the people who have traditionally supported it.
billjanes commented on the blog post Obama’s Health Care Law Will Not Make Life Better, Most Americans Say
So, that folks can understand why at least one “Liberal” wants a new Democratic candidate in 2012, please, note and remember:
As soon as the election was over, during that crucial period when the agenda or at least the public expectations for the coming session are being formed by the political parties, political leaders, spinmeisters, etc., the President left the country.
Just like during the health care ‘debates’, Obama is LWOP.
The American people wanted Health Reform. In June 2009 (Remember? Right before the summer, when Obama went on vacation and the Republicans set the agenda in the townhalls.) Here’s what the people said they wanted:
June 2009, according to a New York Times/CBS poll:
” 72% of Americans ‘supported a government-administered insurance plan—something like Medicare for everyone.”
Obama and the Democrats gave us taxpayer support for private sector insurers at an overhead rate of 20% (20% of our premium can be spent on administration, CEO salaries, bonuses, sitting on Boards to set rates and decide who gets covered and who doesn’t).
72% of the American people wanted a government administered plan like Medicare – for everyone.
Just after last week’s election, the White House’s Director of Management and Budget, Peter Orszag, in the NYT November 3 2010 told us:
“There are four ways to contain health care costs: by reducing payments to providers and suppliers; by rationing services; by having consumers pay a greater share; and by giving providers incentives to be more efficient.”
The White House left out #5: The largest ‘savings’ is to reduce the subsidized overhead for private for-profit insurers.
Private for-profit profits are subsidized with tax dollars, tax dollars pad the private sectors ‘bottom line’. By stopping this laundering of tax money to the private sector, we can save billions.
The White House is silent on this travesty enacted into law in the Health Care Reform legislation.
Let’s face it. The Health Care Bill is (1) not what people wanted or expected, and (2) is indefensible.
Like the other Democrats who ‘ran away’ from their Health Care vote during the recent campaign, Obama is running away from any defense of it after the campaign.
While I’d love to have something to defend, the bill is basically indefensible.
This pattern of behavior is woven into the fabric of the Obama administration’s ‘governance style’.
That is primary reason I support dumping Obama in 2012.