Posts filed under ‘Obama — Don’t Count on My Vote’
I think Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign was the biggest scam ever. Put another way, I was an idiot to vote for the guy.
This would be Obama in 2007:
This would be Obama today:
Apparently net neutrality is officially dead. The Wall Street Journal reports today that the FCC has given up on finding a legal avenue to enforce equal access and will instead propose rules that explicitly allow broadband suppliers to favor companies that pay them for faster pipes.
Shorter: If you have a website, the more money you pay to, say, Comcast, the higher your visibility.
Guess who wins. Again?
The people who have $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
You and me and our little blogs? Bye bye.
Word is out tonight that Kathleen Sebelius, Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services, is “stepping down.”
Ironically, my brother and a friend made a point of going to the Conference on World Affairs’ keynote address Secretary Sebelius gave here in Boulder on Monday. He told me about it afterward: It was, “Really boring…a mediocre representative of a mediocre presidency.”
That’s what I expected and that’s why I didn’t go. To say Obama’s is a mediocre presidency is so sad (we had such high hopes), but true.
After doing a bit of research for this post — on Obama’s Cabinet members — I was struck by how few I’d never heard of. I mean, I remember the likes of Surgeon General C. Everett Koop who made a lot of noise. He was fun and he made a difference. We don’t hear from them anymore.
How many of these Cabinet members have you hard of (me, about two)?
Sally Jewell (Secretary of the Interior)
Thomas E. Perez (Secretary of Labor)
Shaun L.S. Donovan (Secretary of Housing and Urban Development)
There’s a Secretary of Housing and Urban Development? Really?!! Does he/she ever emerge from his/her cave to say things about ah, housing and urban development? (Crickets.)
Ernest Moniz (Secretary of Energy)
Wrapping up, I’m thinking Ms. Sebelius never understood what her role was. Check out her Twitter avatar. She was the Secretary of Health and Human Services. I would think an avatar featuring a photo of her at a hospital or at a food bank would be more appropriate that this one. But, maybe that’s just me
Filed under Outrage Overload:
What if I told you the Obama administration’s first major post-election policy move was a big, fat gift for Rupert Murdoch?
Murdoch already owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Fox News Channel, Fox movie studios, 27 local TV stations and much, much more. [Check out its holdings here.]
Word is that Murdoch now covets the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune — the bankrupt-but-still-dominant newspapers (and websites) in the second- and third-largest media markets, where Murdoch already own TV stations.
Under current media ownership limits, he can’t buy them. It’s illegal… unless the Federal Communications Commission changes the rules.
But according to numerous reports, that’s exactly what FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski plans to do. He’s circulating an order at the FCC to lift the longstanding ban on one company owning both daily newspapers and TV stations in any of the 20 largest media markets.
And he wants to wrap up this massive giveaway just in time for the holidays.
If these changes go through, Murdoch could own the Los Angeles Times, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in L.A. alone. And he’s not the only potential beneficiary: These changes could mean more channels for Comcast-NBC, more deals for Disney, and more stations for Sinclair.
For anyone who actually cares about media diversity and democracy, the gutting of media ownership limits will be a complete disaster.
These rules are one of the last barriers to local media monopolies. Without them, we will lose competing voices for local news. We will see the mainstream media get even more monotone, monochrome and monotonous.
I’m speechless. Does Murdoch really need even more outlets with which to manipulate our society? I don’t think so.
If Obama was going to run again, this would be the newest entry in my “Obama — Don’t Count on my Vote” category.
For those of us who aren’t necessarily going to vote for Barack Obama on November 6 because he’s the Democratic candidate and/or because he’s less bad than Romney, there’s this most recent info in a long line of disturbing news out of the Obama administration:
A critical document from President Barack Obama’s free trade negotiations with eight Pacific nations was leaked online early Wednesday morning, revealing that the administration intends to bestow radical new political powers upon multinational corporations, contradicting prior promises.
The new leak follows substantial controversy surrounding the secrecy of the talks, in which some members of Congress have complained they are not being given the same access to trade documents that corporate officials receive.
Gee. I’m so glad this has been all over the “liberal media.”
The newly leaked document is one of the most controversial of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact. It addresses a broad sweep of regulations governing international investment and reveals the Obama administration’s advocacy for policies that environmental activists, financial reform advocates and labor unions have long rejected for eroding key protections currently in domestic laws.
Under the agreement currently being advocated by the Obama administration, American corporations would continue to be subject to domestic laws and regulations on the environment, banking and other issues. But foreign corporations operating within the U.S. would be permitted to appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings to an international tribunal. That international tribunal would be granted the power to overrule American law and impose trade sanctions on the United States for failing to abide by its rulings.
I can see it now. American corporations will rush to register in foreign countries so they can “appeal key American legal or regulatory rulings,” like clean air and water laws. Geezus. Obama’s brain has been infiltrated by CEOs.
“Bush was better than Obama on this,” said Judit Rius, U.S. manager of Doctors Without Borders Access to Medicines Campaign, referring to the medication rules.
Trans-Pacific negotiations have been taking place throughout the Obama presidency. The deal is strongly supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the top lobbying group for American corporations. Obama’s Republican opponent in the 2012 presidential elections, Mitt Romney, has urged the U.S. to finalize the deal as soon as possible.
I don’t recognize this hyper pro-corporate Obama. He isn’t the guy I voted for. He isn’t a Democrat as I define Democrats. Democrats have historically been pro-worker. Who’s standing up for We the People around here anymore? No one.
Filed under: Obama — Don’t Count on My Vote
Here’s President Obama in roughly 2008 talking about how he’d “walk on that picket line” with union workers if they were denied their right to collectively bargain, which is exactly what’s happening in Chicago:
“If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I’m in the White House, I’ll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I’ll walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States of America.”
This is a big deal with the Democratic base, which D.C. Democrats tend to ignore, at their own peril this year, IMHO. See Rahm, Rahm, Rahm.
And there’s this:
How cool is that? Paul Ryan loves Obama’s former Chief of Staff.
Obama, do you want to fu*k your base in this close election?
There’s a saying that goes something like: Republicans fear their base, Democrats ignore it.
Obama ignored his base today (not to mention this):
The Obama administration has decided to allow Shell to drill in Arctic waters off the Alaska coast, saying that for the time being the company must not go so deep as to hit actual oil because its troubled oil spill containment barge isn’t ready.
Continuing with Obama’s announcement:
Thursday’s decision to allow preparatory drilling represents a huge step in Shell’s controversial effort to explore in the Chukchi Sea. It shows the Obama administration, while not yet giving the green light for Shell to drill into oil-bearing geologic formations, is taking steps to help the company do so if possible this summer.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Shell will get a permit allowing it to drill about 1,500 feet into the seafloor.
“We believe that there is no oil in that area. We have confidence in that conclusion, otherwise we would not be allowing this limited exploratory effort to move forward,” Salazar said Thursday.
Interior Department officials said the drilling will allow for the later installation of a blowout preventer.
Royal Dutch Shell’s profits rose 15.9 percent in the first quarter of 2012, netting $7.3 billion. Shell’s CEO Peter Voser attributed the increase in part to “strong oil prices,” which rose to over $100 a barrel this quarter.
In 2011, Shell’s profits soared 54 percent to $3.5 million every hour, despite producing 3 percent less oil. This time, it produced 4 percent more than Q1 in 2011.
Again: The hope and change Obama I voted for would say no to this. He would say we’re going to invest in wind and solar. Period.
This from that left-wing rag, Forbes:
Who Is The Smallest Government Spender Since Eisenhower? Would You Believe It’s Barack Obama?
Credit whom you will, but if you are truly interested in a fair analysis of the Obama years to date—at least when it comes to spending—you’re going to have to acknowledge that under the Obama watch, even President Reagan would have to give our current president a thumbs up when it comes to his record for stretching a dollar.
And look at those Reagan years, especially 1982 – 1985. Man-oh-man, have Republicans been sold a bill of goods as to how wonderful Reagan was or what? They hate government spending so what’s with idolizing him? Oh, wait, that’s right. Facts don’t matter.