[Marxism] Firedoglake on the budget "compromise"

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Apr 9 13:40:52 MDT 2011


Obama DemoPods Feed Tea-GOP Zombies, Keep Washington Monument Open
By: Scarecrow Saturday April 9, 2011 11:44 am

You would think that a sentient President of the United States would be 
embarrassed, ashamed, and contrite after one of the more mindless and 
destructive governmental performances in years. Nope. Not the President 
who foolishly believes the federal government needs to tighten its belt 
because he’s clueless about the difference between families and the 
federal government. Has there ever been a Democratic President more 
befuddled about what leadership requires?

Having locked his own DemaPod Party into voting to slash $38 billion for 
their own programs, Mr. Obama didn’t apologize. Instead he thought it 
was a moment to make another speech urging you to visit the Washington 
Monument, as though he were George Bush telling you to visit Disneyland. 
Why anyone would want to watch this spectacle of a government and party 
betraying their followers and making fools of themselves from the top of 
the Washington Monument escapes me.

This President owes an explanation to the American people why, at a time 
when the nation’s critical needs are going unmet at both the federal and 
state levels, when 50 million people are without health insurance, 
record numbers in poverty, 14 million people are unemployed — millions 
for more than a year — and Governors are balancing their budgets on the 
backs of teachers, firemen, police, health and safety workers, etc, he 
thinks the right policy is to slash federal spending. Wrong, stupid, 
cruel, mindless. In short, a mistake.

The final vote was in favor of this travesty was overwhelming, 
indicating the degree to which Pods and Zombies not control our 
government. Worse, Obama and the DemaPods foolishly maneuvered 
themselves into providing more than enough votes for the “largest 
spending cuts” in our history just so the 40 or so craziest Tea-GOP 
zombies could vote still “no.”

That neat trick means the Tea-GOP zombies can avoid responsibility for 
the dirty work the Obama Pods just performed on their own base, but not 
offend their own zombie base. Then they can come back in the next round, 
only a month away to demand even more insane cuts than last night’s.

And if you care about the “leadership” imagery, John Boehner just made 
Barack Obama look like a helpless fool. Boehner will get a few dumb 
primary threats, but he’s got two more rounds of this to buy off the 
Zombies and he’s perfectly positioned for that. Worse, Boehner will 
receive kudos from the Village for getting more than he first demanded 
and more than he ever expected, at zero cost to his party, while getting 
credit for being what passes for an “adult” in our nation’s capitol. 
Gosh, he’s not at all like the Zombies whose agenda he just furthered.

“Compromise” is what the polls said Democratic voters wants, but where 
is the compromise? Repeal tax breaks on the rich? Make GE pay its share 
of taxes? Tax the banksters for their casino games? Never even 
considered. Instead, the “compromise” consisted of the DemaPods giving 
the Tea-GOP Zombies 2/3 of what they demanded in this hostage taking, 
instead of 3/3. But the Zombies still hold the hostages, because this 
will all replay on the debt limit debate a month from now.

You really must wonder how many real people becoming DemaPods it will 
take before a real human Democrat wakes up and realizes that Barack 
Obama is destroying the Party and hurting the country, and to stand up 
and say, “enough! I won’t let you lead us over the cliff again.”

The human casualty lists are in the New York Times.

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