• What are the Obama defenders saying about this

    Well, they have been saying that we’re now seeing the real Obama unleashed now that he doesn’t have to worry about re-election ….

    I’m sure the irony is lost on them.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post Feinstein, McCain Want US Troops Deployed in Yemen

    2015-01-27 05:08:38View | Delete

    Your reply is a complete non-sequitur and unintelligible as usual. People from the Middle East don’t hate us because we buy their oil. They hate us for propping up regressive, autocratic regimes and conspiring with those regimes to crush any hopes of more democratic rule and in using our military to kill them.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post Feinstein, McCain Want US Troops Deployed in Yemen

    2015-01-26 10:46:58View | Delete

    So I guess all of the other countries that buy Middle East oil and don’t spend billions (trillions?) of dollars propping up autocratic rulers and oppressive regimes and killing innocent civilians with high-tech weapons and special ops forces must also be inspiring hatred for their countries as well. Right?

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post Distrust But Verify by David Swanson.

    2015-01-23 18:25:47View | Delete

    Excellent post, as usual, David. Incompetence and venality are not mutually exclusive. The 2008 financial collapse and the entire history of covert operations by the CIA are two excellent examples.

    Being a screw-up criminal doesn’t get you a pass, or it shouldn’t.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post Distrust But Verify by David Swanson.

    2015-01-23 18:22:05View | Delete

    First off I’m dismayed that you were banned from NC. You provided excellent commentary – not all of which I agreed with but that’s besides the point. Bad job by Lambert and Yves who are so good on so many other issues. With respect to JFK I wonder how many lone-nut defenders realize that the [...]

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Latest Website Tracking You? HealthCare.gov

    2015-01-23 08:55:51View | Delete

    Yeah I think we probably agree more than we disagree and I certainly don’t think of you as an Obama supporter. I just think that the ACA was the wrong approach to begin with. Its not, to me, a question of how much more lipstick could have been put on the pig to make it more attractive its a question of not starting with a pig to begin with.

    It was not only single-payer that got thrown under the bus before the game even started it was things like lowering the Medicare age or extending coverage to the unemployed and those lacking employer coverage that never saw the light of day.

    As I’m sure you know, many of the good things in the ACA like extending coverage under parental plans until age 26, addressing preexisting conditions and rescissions (spelling?) are not and never depended on the neo-liberal marketplace scheme. Those aspects had wide bipartisan support and could have been combined with expanded Medicare coverage making up a true federal plan instead of this loopy state-by-state plan which makes it a crapshoot as to whether you can receive access to what should be a basic human right (I’m no lawyer but isn’t there an equal protection argument somewhere in there?). I mean,even Tea Partiers support Medicare.

    But Obama was hell bent from the start on rigging the game in favor of a market fundamentalist solution. Its not a case of him really wanting to do something more progressive bu being thwarted by conservative opposition. He never wanted to do something more progressive. His goal from the start was to force feed right-wing, corporatist solutions down the throat of Democrats, liberals and progressives in the name of “post-partisanship”.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Latest Website Tracking You? HealthCare.gov

    2015-01-23 06:43:30View | Delete

    But I don’t blame him for getting pretty close to the best bill he could get through that congress, even though that bill has horrible flaws.

    The ACA was “the best bill he could get through Congress”? Really? You don’t know that and neither does anyone else since he never tried to do anything differently.

    Point #1: He ruled out single payer from even being considered. Even if you argue that single-payer could never have passed, which is a reasonable but not at all self-evident argument, it could have been used as an initial proposal that could have resulted in a much different, and much improved final result.

    Point #2: The ACA was passed in the Senate by reconciliation without any Republican votes. So all of the useless posturing and concessions to Republicans and Conserva-Dems was wasted and resulted in an inferior result than might have been gained by telling the Republicans and Conserva-Dems to go fuck themselves.

    Point #3: Obama sold out the public option, which passed in the House IIRC, in a sleazy backroom deal with the insurers and medical-industrial complex after using it to sucker dumb liberals (again, is there another kind?) into supporting the ACA and promising CSPAN-level transparency for the process. And IIRC its been established that Obama always intended to sell out the public option. This is not bad negotiating – its outright mendacity and douchebaggery.

    Please stop making excuses for this lying sack of shit.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post Over Easy: The Latest Website Tracking You? HealthCare.gov

    2015-01-23 06:15:54View | Delete

    Oddly, I don’t blame Obama for that, as most of the evil inserted in that bill was done by the GOP in hopes of making Obamacare self destruct.

    So Obama and the Democrats accepted all that useless shit in exchange for what? Zero Republican votes? And you don’t blame him (or them)?

    Sorry, but Heritage Care Romney Care the ACA was a bad idea from the start irrespective of what was put in there to try to mollify Republicans – a manifestation of Obama’s ludicrous, self-defeating post-partisan bullshit for which he is entirely to blame.

    And it wasn’t Republicans who banned single payer from even being considered. That was Obummer – all by himself.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 19th, 2015

    2015-01-20 07:08:32View | Delete

    Does Dean Baker really think the Democrats are serious about the financial transactions tax? If they were why wait until now, after they’ve been smacked down at the polls and the legislation has no chance of passing and pissing off their Wall St buddies.

    They are simply trolling the left.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post How Mass Immigration Was Used to Kill the American Dream by jbade.

    2015-01-16 14:19:21View | Delete

    I agree with your comment but would point out that H-1B visas holders are not immigrants. They are guest workers and do not have the rights an privileges of citizens. In fact, most are indentured to the labor brokers who bring them to the US and often abuse them . If the worker attempts to better his or [...]

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post How Mass Immigration Was Used to Kill the American Dream by jbade.

    2015-01-16 14:02:51View | Delete

    Ha, ha! Robert Reich, NAFTA and “free-trade” supporter/defender on why American workers are getting the shaft. That’s funny.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 15th, 2015

    2015-01-16 11:42:22View | Delete

    the out of sight unemployed are not spending money

    Exactly. I’m one of them and I’m not spending any money I don’t have to.

    The drop in UI IMO is due only to the combination of # of people who are giving up on finding a job and the number of jobs people are taking as replacement jobs (no bene’s low wage type)

    Very true.

    I think recession, if not actual deflation, is about to burst the bubble of all the current happy talk about the economy. The Swiss thing is just the beginning.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 15th, 2015

    2015-01-16 07:07:06View | Delete

    Son concern about jobs and unemployment is down. Wonderful – except for those who lost their jobs during the period when concern was higher and have been unable to regain them because of outright discrimination against the jobless by employers. So not only the Democrats, but the the public at large have decided to sweep the long-term unemployed under the rug, send the out on the ice floe, etc.

    Out of sight, out of mind.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post Mitt Romney Finding Little Support For 2016 Run

    2015-01-15 18:48:24View | Delete

    Let’s not forget that Obama’s “signature achievement” was rolling out Romney’s health care “reform” plan on a national level.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post Lip Service – Caution Democrats At Work! by joe shikspack.

    2015-01-14 17:28:07View | Delete

    Yeah, this is a pretty transparent effort. Van Hollen is my congressman and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want to tax Wall St trades. He just wants the rubes to think that he would except for those mean Republicans. One of my Senators (Mikulski) brokered the inclusion of the rider that scuttled the requirement for [...]

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran by David Swanson.

    2015-01-14 17:27:05View | Delete

    Ooops – this comment belongs on another post.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the diary post CIA on Trial in Virginia for Planting Nuke Evidence in Iran by David Swanson.

    2015-01-14 17:26:14View | Delete

    Yeah, this is a pretty transparent effort. Van Hollen is my congressman and I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want to tax Wall St trades. He just wants the rubes to think that he would except for those mean Republicans. One of my Senators (Mikulski) brokered the inclusion of the rider that scuttled the requirement for [...]

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post The Roundup for January 9th, 2015

    2015-01-10 07:38:06View | Delete

    Serial Obama-fellator and neo-liberal, hack economist Dean Baker again reiterates his evidence-free claim that people are quitting their jobs or working part-time because they can buy overpriced, crapified, don’t-get-sick RomneyCare Obamacare policies.

    Please stop linking to this dick.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post The Public Wisely Doesn’t Expect Much From Congress

    2015-01-05 13:56:13View | Delete

    The “good news” for Obama is that it will be easy for him to continue to look like the more reasonable and open minded leader. Of course there is no real indication that carries any real benefits. For the past two years Obama was consistently seen as the more compromising and reasonable player in Washington by voters and his party still suffered a historically bad mid-term defeat.

    That’s really what’s its all about right – how Obummer and the Vichy Dems do at the polls? Did you ever stop to think that Obummer’s bending over and spreading his butt cheeks for the Republicans has been a shitty deal for most Americans and that’s why the Dim-o-craps have suffered at the polls.

  • fredcdobbs commented on the blog post The Real Winners Of The Recovery: The Superrich

    2015-01-05 10:24:14View | Delete

    Notice the sharp upward slope after 2008. My math is old but I’m pretty sure that means that wealth distribution has become noticeably worse under Obummer. And, no, its not because Republicans won’t work with him.

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