As harvest time approaches for the orange crop in Florida, a grove owner hires a harvester to pick the fruit from a particular stand of trees. After returning an hour later, he discovers to his amazement that the harvester has picked the weeds around the trees instead of the fruit. When questioned why he did not pick the fruit, the harvester replied that he needed a ladder to pick the fruit in the top of the tree. But why didn’t you pick the low hanging fruit, asks the grove owner?
And so goes the Obama Presidency, why hasn’t President Obama attempted to pick the low hanging fruit that is desperately needed by the working class of America to reinvigorate their standard of living. The working class is being sucked lifeless by trade agreements, Federal Reserve policies, tax avoidance schemes and Wall Street’s derivative hegemony now exceeding several hundred trillion dollars.
Why hasn’t he tried to use his bully pulpit to articulate significant working class issues and fire a few well aimed shots at the evilness of some of the profound Republican anti-worker policy positions benefiting Corporations and the tax avoidance syndicate abusing the powers of government for their self interests?
Republicans, partnered with Corporations and a tax avoidance syndicate, are abusing the powers of government to wage the most aggressive class warfare campaign in the history of America against the working class. Even though historical amounts of wealth rest on their balance sheets from financial chicanery and tax avoidance, they continue to press forward with schemes to embezzle and dictate working class retirement benefits as a means to enhance their already bloated balance sheets.
And yet, Republicans incessantly talk about the evils of Big Government when they themselves are using the powers of government to destroy the standard of living of millions of Americans to enhance their own personal wealth. In addition, their assault on regulations, which in effect are social protections, is just another devious act to transfer more corporate costs and liabilities to the public.
The other political party is a close facsimile enabling the Republican wealth grab. Democrats personify a Judas that has enabled the Corporate-Government Partnership exploiting the working class to breed and thrive in conjunction with the tax avoidance syndicate. Today, we find that President Obama and Democrats continue to flush the most important bread and butter issues negatively impacting the working class down the toilet. The enormous hypocrisy surrounding President Obama and the Democratic Party as legitimate representatives of the working class is enough to make a skeptic of every shoe shine stand LLC owner in America.
How comic to wail against Wall Street when President Obama’s personally chosen tax cheating Secretary of the Treasury is the current government Consigliore to Wall Street. How comic to propose a small tax on millionaires after supporting the renewal of the Bush tax cuts. President Obama’s rhetorical blasphemy on issues impacting the working class takes no breath.
The wailing and talking points of President Obama and Democrats are nothing more than a stonewalling exercise that qualifies as a cover up of the real corruption that plagues our government. Any reform minded President, working in partnership with an honest Secretary of the Treasury, an honest Attorney General and an honest FBI Director could end much the corruption that permeates all branches of our government in a very short period of time. Why has President Obama failed to lead a major investigation and prosecution against the banking industry when thousands of volumes of crime evidence are a matter of public record?
Not only has the banking malfeasance been put off limits by President Obama and given national security protection, but he has placed every major issue negatively impacting the working class off limits or has addressed the issue in such minimalist fashion that it equates to stonewalling that shields political corruption from scrutiny.
Here is a list of important working class issues that have been fumbled, deliberately sabotaged or placed off limits by President Obama and the leadership of the Democrats:
1. auditing and limiting the power of the Federal Reserve that has for too long destroyed the purchasing power of the working class with their monetary policies,
2. curbing the use of speculative derivatives that now exceeds several hundred trillion dollars as they drive up the price of our living expenses and threaten the financial security of America while generating synthetic wealth for Wall Street clients,
3. renewing the Bush tax cuts without proposing any meaningful tax reform that would move America toward a fair and balanced tax system,
4. holding the nation’s fully funded supplemental retirement Trust Funds hostage to a budget negotiation that allows them to be embezzled by the tax avoidance syndicate,
5. remaining silent on lobbyist reform until 60 Minutes easily discovered an insider trading and conflict of interest scandal making millions of dollars for the Congress and its staff,
6. adding more unbalanced trade agreements that will destroy more working class jobs rather than renegotiating the unbalanced trade agreements already in place that have decimated America’s manufacturing base,
7. curbing the government protected corporate price gouging practices in the health care and banking industries such as the artificial price of drugs and rates of usury the public is forced to pay to prop up industry profits that serve as investments for the political class,
8. reforming the CIA and military industrial complex so as to terminate the production cycle of political wars that are created to benefit the military industrial complex, energy companies and the State of Israel.
In the face of Obama’s historical election, we have discovered over the past three and one-half years a mismatch of Presidential character, vision and capability for the times. America was duped into electing a reformist imposter who has chosen to stay the course of the Corporate-Government Partnership and has squandered all of his political capital on Obamacare.
Obama’s first act in the Oval Office was to remove his reformist election hat and replace it with the Trustee hat of the Corporate-Government Partnership running our government. The appointments of Geithner as Treasury Secretary, Larry Summers as White House Economic Advisor, Robert Rubin as an independent advisor, the reappointment of Ben Bernanke as Federal Reserve Chairman, plus an administration and bureaucracy filled with safe insiders represent the complete cast of characters needed to properly serve the money changers.
Obama’s failure to restore integrity to our governmental processes as described above, end the lobbyist occupation of Congress, his willingness to paper over the crimes of the mortgage-meltdown with faux accounting practices, and his added contempt for the Constitution and Bill of Rights by refusing to repeal the Patriot Act, the indefinite detention provisions of American citizens embedded in the NDD Act and rejection of the internet kill switch legislation, is just a short list of grievances against a Presidency that by any standard should represent an achievement for our society.
Over the past 30 years, you have witnessed the disintegration of the Democratic Party into a hapless organization filled with cowardly members that now pledge allegiance to the Corporate-Government Partnership, the tax avoidance syndicate and The State of Israel at the expense of the average American. The leadership of the Democratic Party over the past 30 years including the Obama years is one of the most wretched political betrayals in history.
In other words, today’s political gap (rate of change) to bring about “change you can believe in” as promised by Obama has been pushed out in time for decades, thus, marginalizing the future of millions of working class families over a multi-generational time period.
The groupies still supporting the Democratic Party do not understand why 50% of Americans are poor or living at the poverty level or why all of the nation’s wealth is accruing to a small percentage of wealthy elite who happen to control the political system. In no way shape or form does Obama’s weak list of so called accomplishments credited by his supporters offset Obama’s blatant betrayal of the working class.
The important difference between the political betrayal of the working class by President Obama and the Democrats versus the political exploitation of the working class by Republicans is that you cannot stand up to political tyranny until you know who stands with you. The bottom line is that President Obama and the Democrats have served up the blood and treasure of the working class in silver tray fashion to the tyranny that now governs this country.
Sections of this article were revised from “Deficits Are a Staged Illusion”, www.solonsays.com.