Step away from the ledge!
By now, I'm sure you have all heard about how Obama 'caved in' to the GOP, or broke his campaign promise, or whatever. Personally, I'm really unhappy about it too. I'm willing to have my taxes go up if it means the rich people's taxes go up too. All this talk about deficits has been exposed for what it is, just talk. Just another excuse to bash Obama and the Democrats, and another opportunity for the powerful to raid the treasury. But...read and listen to these words spoken today by Obama:
"This isn’t an abstract debate...This is real money for real people and it will make a real difference in the lives of the folks who sent us here."The ugly irony in the tax situation is that percentage-wise, the people on the bottom would suffer the most in a tax increase. And it was not an idle threat by the GOP; they would be perfectly happy to let millions of folks lose unemployment benefits, and sink further out of sight. This was blackmail, pure and simple.
While I don't believe in caving in to blackmail, I'm not sure Obama had much choice. I guess what I'd like to see is a concerted effort to make the GOP pay for this politically, but in the age of limitless anonymous corporate donations via shadowy Super-PAC's, it's hard to see that happening either.
What do you want Obama to do? I think many people voted for him as if he were the second coming, and we would no longer need to do any more hard work. All our utopian dreams would become reality.
As long as Americans can be bamboozled into electing Republicans, even if it means harming Americans, we will get treated this way over and over again.
What say you?