Monday, May 18, 2009

Should I be less cynical about Obama?

At present the following things are on my mind.

It appears that the EFCA is dead in the water, and the White House did literally nothing (of which I'm aware) after the election to push for it.

In recent Congressional health-care 'forums' in which 'all options are [supposed to be] on the table', advocates of Single-Payer have been barred from participation and were recently arrested for showing up to the public committee hearing.

Civilians are dying in droves in Afghanistan, including children, as bombing raids and troop levels increase.

The promise to close Guantanamo and everything that it represents has miscarried. Apparently military commissions are the new "change".

Social Security looks to be in more trouble than some may have thought, and this comes after the Administration tried early in its tenure to have hearings about 'reforming' (read 'privatizing') Social Security to make it more in line with 'fiscal responsibility'.

Wait, remind me again why voting for Democrats is supposed to be the be-all-end-all of 'progressive' politics in our country? ... Guess we'll just have to wait until 2010 to put on our electioneering hats and table our anger at the democrats by getting all excited that the 'balance of power' might shift in the Congress... after that we'll only have to wait 2 more years for another round of Presidential debates and elections... yeah, wait, wasn't there something for the sake of which elections are only a means, rather than an end in themselves?

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