Back in the day we used to call them limousine liberals, I guess the current generation would call them latte liberals. Obama’s first term places him squarely amongst them. Espousing platitudes supporting the poor while sitting on their back keeping them down.
The writing was on the wall with Obama’s early signature legislation SCHIP. This brought health care to middle class kids whose parents would rather buy Nikes and X-Boxes than healthcare for their children. Funded with a huge regressive tax on the poor and marginalized. Next up was his clunker buy back, helping fund new cars for the middle class and then destroying perfectly good cars that could have helped give those in poverty transportation to gain employment. Both of these programs, and a score more, served to take wealth from the bottom 10% and give it to the middle 50%.
The poverty rate has now reached peaks not seen in my lifetime (I am 47), over 6 million more American’s have fallen into poverty since Obama took office. Extreme poverty has escalated under Obama. Extreme poverty, defined as existing at less than 50% of the poverty level, has gone up from 6% to nearly 7%, a 17% increase.
Even though Obama “solved” healthcare, the number of uninsured has risen every year of his presidency.
Obama loves a photo op, off he jets to Colorado to be seen commiserating with 50 gun violence victims. But here in Oakland, CA those rates are just another month in the hood. He jetted out here this past week, but he had no commiseration for these victims, they are poor…and black, they don’t make good photo ops. No, he only came to raise money, money the city could have spent on these victims was used to protect Obama…while he raised campaign cash.
There is no sign that things would change in a second term, we really can’t afford another 4 years of the sort of “help” that Obama offers the poor.
I sit on a man’s back, choking him and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by all possible means – except by getting off his back.