Maybe, just maybe... Obama isn't 'caving in'. Maybe, just maybe he is a Wall Street corporate made Trojan horse
Obama & the Fake Debt Ceiling Crisis: This President Is Really Just Smarter Than You Are | Black Agenda Report
Highly recommend the above read , here is a quote.
Paul Street: Whose Black President?
Obama's "bad negotiating" is actually shrewd negotiating - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com
The truth is that Barack Obama's actions are entirely rational, understandable and even predictable if you suppose him to have been a vicious, vacuous and cynical right wing operative from the very beginning...
So if you're an Obama supporter, and you're disappointed that your president won't fight for you --- if you're an Obama supporter and you wonder why the president won't stand up for Medicaid, Medicare and social security --- here's the answer. The president really, really is smarter than you. He knows what side he's on and you don't. He knows that the two-party system is a veal pen, where as long as “he can play good cop to the Republicans' ever worsening bad cop, the game is fixed, and not in your favor. Look out! Over there! It's President Michelle Bachman!
And maybe, just maybe... what we are witnessing in DC right now is not a 'messy' democratic process, but a bunch of arrogant, selfish, narcissistic pigs trying to enrich themselves and jockey into position for their next re-election --- a re-election which requires the oligarchy's massive campaign contributions... just ask Obama because "It’s not for nothing that candidate Obama set new Wall Street and corporate fundraising records." After all... “big donors would not be helping out Obama if they didn’t see him as a ‘player' … What’s the dollar value of a starry-eyed idealist?’”
The only democracy that is alive and well is in your local towns.
The fact that neither side is talking about the wars and empire, the tax cuts for wealthy, bank bailouts, and declining tax revenues as being the biggest reasons for the deficit and debt issues shows you that what is happening in DC is NOT a democratic process; it's a pig infested enrichment process. George Orwell's Animal Farm could easily be applied to the US gov't right now!
There is plenty of money (trillions, in fact) for corporate welfare programs: every single corporation who receives pentagon contracts for war are corporate welfare kings, every single corporation who receives subsidies for 're-building' war torn regions (the same regions their buddies blew up) are corporate welfare kings, every single bank and corporation that gets bailed out are corporate welfare kings, every single corporate prison system that makes billions per year from keeping non-violent drug offenders in jail are corporate welfare kings, every single corporation that receives billions in subsidies are corporate welfare kings. Every single corporate insurance company that will benefit from your gov't FORCING
you to buy their shoddy product are corporate welfare kings.
Apparently these corporate welfare kings want more welfare for themselves and less for you... so what do they need to do? "They are coming for your social security, folks" - the same security fund that has a 2.5 trillion dollar surplus! They are gonna destroy medicare and throw you into their corporate insurance welfare program. These fake capitalist pigs need to funnel more of our public money into their private coffers. It turns out that George Carlin was Dead. Fucking. Right! It makes you laugh watching him say it, but god damn... it's happening RIGHT NOW.
Michael Hudson wrote a spot on essay
... (btw - Michael Hudson and Paul Street have been getting it right too... for... oh.. about 5 years now. God forbid we actually listen to the "wise and virtuous", but instead listen to the "rich but incompetent ones." (quoted from Plato's defining characteristics of an oligarchy
... check it out if you still don't believe America is now run by an oligarchy.)
Here is a golden nugget from Hudson's article:
When governments are run by the rich, it is called oligarchy. Plato’s dialogues made clear that rather than viewing societies as democracies or oligarchies, it was best to view them in motion. Democracies tended to polarize economically (mainly between creditors and debtors) into oligarchies. These in turn tended to make themselves into hereditary aristocracies. In time, leading families would fight among themselves, and one group (such as Kleisthenes in Athens in 507 BC) would “take the people into his party” and create a democracy. And so the eternal political triangle would go on.
This is what is happening today. Instead of enjoying what the Progressive Era anticipated – an evolution into socialism, with government providing basic infrastructure and other needs on a subsidized basis – we are seeing a lapse back into neo-feudalism. The difference, of course, is that this time around society is not controlled by military grabbers of the land. Finance today achieves what military force did in times past. Instead of being tied to the land as under feudalism, families today may live wherever they want – as long as they take on a lifetime of debt to pay the mortgage on whatever home they buy.
And instead of society paying land rent and tribute to conquerors, we pay the bankers. Just as access to the land was a precondition for families to feed themselves under feudalism, one needs access to credit, to water, medical care, pensions or Social Security and other basic needs today – and must pay interest, fees and monopoly rent to the neo-feudal oligarchy that is now making its deft move from the United States to Ireland and Greece.
And, yes, what is happening is complex... but the books and mountains of essays that some of these "wise and virtuous" ones have written to explain the complexities exist for anybody who chooses to take the time educate themselves. Unfortunately, you won't find these "wise and virtuous" ones on your TV explaining it to you in 30 short minutes, or even find them on the local grocery store magazine and newspaper racks. And THAT
is where the brilliance of the US propaganda system
takes form - who has the time to dissect all of this information? It's much easier to just let your favorite six figured media pundit tell you all you need to know in 30 short minutes (commercials included)... they wouldn't consciously or unconsciously deceive you through omission of information for their corporate paycheck, would they?
Of course, I could be wrong...