Tuesday, December 07, 2010

People Who Can Afford This Offer From Delta To Travel By Private Jet Owe Obama Big Time-- But Won't Support Him Regardless


Over at TheAroundTheWorldBlog, the contention for years is that Delta is #1, the #1 worst airline in the entire known universe. And in the midst of an excruciating recession and a Republican Party filibuster of an unemployment insurance extension and a concerted move by conservatives of both parties to dismantle Social Security, Delta isn't winning many new friends with their brand new holiday offer:
Hello Mr. Klein,

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*Pricing includes fuel and taxes, and membership will be valid for 12 months from effective date of agreement.

The other day Ken suggested a picture of an empty bench could well be the emblem of the Obama judiciary. Delta private jets for rich people with extra tax refunds they don't know what to do with could be the emblem of his shockingly corporate "bipartisan" domestic agenda. It's an agenda so straight out of the Bush era that die-hard Obama supporters like NY Congressman Anthony Weiner and former Martin Luther King friend/attorney/speech writer Clarence Jones are coming to the same conclusion Paul Krugman wrote last week: progressives need to look elsewhere for leadership than the White House. Blue America has suggested Bernie Sanders. Jones endorsed the idea of a primary against Obama! First Weiner:
Governing is more than a series of transactions. This is a competition of ideas on how we make the country better."

"Middle class Americans need someone to fight for them. They see this deal as punting on 3rd down-- it seems the President is not seeing the value of being on offense."

"Democrats should welcome the chance to tell the American people what we will fight for. We should be standing up for the middle class and extending unemployment insurance for out-of-work Americans. If Republicans want to add to our deficit and defend the interests of billionaires, make them stand up in Congress and tell that to the public loud and clear."

"Deals come after we fight for ideals-- let's do that first.

Although my pal Roland works in an inner city school and has been telling me that the African-American women in the teachers union there are all sorry they ever supported Obama over Hillary Clinton, most progressives are afraid of African-American reaction if they start responding to Obama in the way they would respond to any other conservative. Perhaps Jones' post will wake a few people up in that regard. Once accused of being an apologist for Obama, Jones is disappointed by his abysmal lack of leadership on just about every issue facing Americans, including on specific ones he campaigned on.
It is not easy to consider challenging the first African-American to be elected as President of the United States. But, regrettably, I believe that the time has come to do this.

It is time for Progressives to stop "whining" and arguing among themselves about whether President Obama will or will not do this or that. Obama is no different than any other President, nominated by his national party. He was elected with the hard work and 24/7 commitment of persons who believed and enlisted in his campaign for "Hope" and "Change."

You don't have to be a rocket scientist nor have a PhD in political science and sociology to see clearly that Obama has abandoned much of the base that elected him. He has done this because he no longer respects, fears or believes those persons who elected him have any alternative, but to accept what he does, whether they like it or not.

It is time for those persons who constituted the "Movement" that enabled Senator Barack Obama to be elected to "break their silence"; to indicate that they no longer will sit on their hands, and only let off verbal steam and ineffective sound and fury, and "hope" for the best.

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

The pursuit of the war in Afghanistan in support of a certifiably corrupt Afghan government and the apparent willingness to retreat from his campaign commitment of no further tax cuts for the rich, his equivocal and foot dragging leadership to end DADT, his TARP for Wall Street, but, equivocal insufficient attention to the unemployment and housing foreclosures of Main Street, suggest that the template of the 1968 challenge to the reelection of President Lyndon Johnson now must be thoughtfully considered for Obama in 2012.

And, as Mike Konczal pointed out yesterday, Obama's policy thrust seems less about being forced to compromise with big bad Republicans-- who are still in the minority in both Houses of Congress-- as it is about an Administration conservative gameplan laid out very clearly over time by Peter Orszag, "the best barometer for what the Obama administration is currently doing in terms of the economy and budget." Yesterday Krugman tried again, practically begging Obama-- for his own sake, the sake of the Democratic Party and, most important, the sake of the American people-- especially the ones who elected him president, to Let's Not Make A Deal.
Back in 2001, former President George W. Bush pulled a fast one. He wanted to enact an irresponsible tax cut, largely for the benefit of the wealthiest Americans. But there were Senate rules in place designed to prevent that kind of irresponsibility. So Mr. Bush evaded the rules by making the tax cut temporary, with the whole thing scheduled to expire on the last day of 2010.

The plan, of course, was to come back later and make the thing permanent, never mind the impact on the deficit. But that never happened. And so here we are, with 2010 almost over and nothing resolved.

Democrats have tried to push a compromise: let tax cuts for the wealthy expire, but extend tax cuts for the middle class. Republicans, however, are having none of it. They have been filibustering Democratic attempts to separate tax cuts that mainly benefit a tiny group of wealthy Americans from those that mainly help the middle class. It’s all or nothing, they say: all the Bush tax cuts must be extended. What should Democrats do?

The answer is that they should just say no. If G.O.P. intransigence means that taxes rise at the end of this month, so be it.

Think about the logic of the situation. Right now, the Republicans see themselves as successful blackmailers, holding a clear upper hand. President Obama, they believe, wouldn’t dare preside over a broad tax increase while the economy is depressed. And they therefore believe that he will give in to their demands.

But while raising taxes when unemployment is high is a bad thing, there are worse things. And a cold, hard look at the consequences of giving in to the G.O.P. now suggests that saying no, and letting the Bush tax cuts expire on schedule, is the lesser of two evils.

Bear in mind that Republicans want to make those tax cuts permanent. They might agree to a two- or three-year extension-- but only because they believe that this would set up the conditions for a permanent extension later. And they may well be right: if tax-cut blackmail works now, why shouldn’t it work again later?

America, however, cannot afford to make those cuts permanent. We’re talking about almost $4 trillion in lost revenue just over the next decade; over the next 75 years, the revenue loss would be more than three times the entire projected Social Security shortfall. So giving in to Republican demands would mean risking a major fiscal crisis-- a crisis that could be resolved only by making savage cuts in federal spending.

And we’re not talking about government programs nobody cares about: the only way to cut spending enough to pay for the Bush tax cuts in the long run would be to dismantle large parts of Social Security and Medicare.

...[I]f Democrats give in to the blackmailers now, they’ll just face more demands in the future. As long as Republicans believe that Mr. Obama will do anything to avoid short-term pain, they’ll have every incentive to keep taking hostages. If the president will endanger America’s fiscal future to avoid a tax increase, what will he give to avoid a government shutdown?

So Mr. Obama should draw a line in the sand, right here, right now. If Republicans hold out, and taxes go up, he should tell the nation the truth, and denounce the blackmail attempt for what it is.

Yes, letting taxes go up would be politically risky. But giving in would be risky, too-- especially for a president whom voters are starting to write off as a man too timid to take a stand. Now is the time for him to prove them wrong.

And the guys who can use their tax cuts for the Delta private jets? They all hate Obama anyway and have no intention of voting for him unless Palin is the only alternative. So who will vote for Obama? The people he's betraying on a daily basis? He shouldn't count on it because he's going to wind up as a one-termer just like Steve Driehaus did-- and for the same reasons-- and not as a one-termer who took a hit for doing the right thing for America, one termer for doing the bidding of the Big Business interests who financed his political career.

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