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Who is Barack Obama Really? An Examination of Obama's Domestic Policies

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William Binney, who served in the NSA for over thirty years, including as director of NSA's World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group, specifically notes that surveillance of the populace has increased under the Obama Administration over what Bush and Cheney were doing.

"The Obama Administration encouraged whistleblowing on its transition office's website: 'Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled.'

"Despite those words, however, as the Philadelphia Inquirer observed, 'Obama's actions have not matched those words. His administration's reaction to national-security and intelligence whistle-blowers has been even harsher than the Bush administration's was.' The Obama Administration has aggressively pursued whistleblowers using the Espionage Act, including the most famous cases of Pvt. Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. Vice-President Joe Biden, for example, on Meet the Press called Assange a 'high-tech terrorist.' This was in the context of others such as right-wing syndicated pundits like Jonah Goldberg explicitly calling for Assange's assassination.

"The Espionage Act was intended to be used against spies and not those whistleblowers exposing crimes and/or corruption and/or malfeasance. This is an inventive use of the Espionage Act not thought of by the Bush White House. As Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack, two victims of Obama's war on whistleblowers with respect to putative national security matters, conclude, 'This administration's attack on national-security whistle-blowers expands Bush's secrecy regime and cripples the free press by silencing its most important sources. It's a recipe for the slow poisoning of a democracy.'"


Obama supports the DREAM Act but he has deported more people than Bush. Why would someone who says he's for immigrants' interests be responsible for deporting more people than Bush? Obama deported around 366,292 immigrants in 2012 by fall 2012 compared to 291,060 under former President Bush in 2007. This is at a time when undocumented immigration is down because of the distressed economy compared to what was going on under Bush.

The Economy

Inheriting the financial disaster spawned by Bush et al, but made possible by Clinton's administration's repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, thus making the 2008 disaster a truly bipartisan financial affair, Obama proceeded to protect the assets of the big banks and approved of billions in bonuses that the 1% paid themselves for their wonderful work, even while the companies they preside over were facing bankruptcy and had lost money. When these bonuses came to light in the news, Obama expressed surprise, but his administration had been responsible for approving those very bonuses previously. Forced to reveal the totals of the bailout by a FOIA request, after the Federal Reserve refused repeatedly to say how much they spent and to whom, Obama's Fed actually bailed out the banks (including foreign banks doing business in the U.S.) to the tune of $16 Trillion (with a T).

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His appointments to key economic policy positions were people like Timothy Geitner and Lawrence Summers, the very people who were instrumental in the disasters brought on under Bush et al.

As Rob Urie notes regarding Medicare and Social Security:

"Barack Obama upped the ante by laying Social Security and Medicare on the table to be sacrificed without even the pretense of having been forced to do so. The only likely reason why he didn't beat Paul Ryan to the punch in trying to privatize Social Security, as Bill Clinton had wanted to do, is that the matter polled poorly following George W. Bush's bungling of the matter."

While Obama talks about bringing jobs back home to the U.S. he has done little to actually protect those jobs. This is in keeping with his MO: make people think he's on the side of the angels while he consorts with the devil.

Global Warming

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Rob Urie points out,

"Mr. Obama scammed gullible environmentalists by temporarily halting construction of the environmental end-times northern tar sands pipeline while moving forward with the southern pipeline. There is little rationale for continuing the southern pipeline unless the northern pipeline is to be built following the presidential election. The totality of this project will exponentially increase the greenhouse gases being put into the atmosphere at a time when global warming is unambiguously in evidence."

After the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil catastrophe Obama temporarily suspended the licensing of deep water oil drilling, but only temporarily. Making pretty speeches about protecting the environment, he has let the polluters and big oil carry out their business as usual.

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Cal Poly Pomona Sociology Professor. Author of "Globalization and the Demolition of Society," co-editor/author (with Peter Phillips) of "Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney." National Steering Committee Member of the World Can't (more...)

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