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Barack Obama: The "Great Pretender", Orchestrator of the Grand Betrayal

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America has had some exemplary presidents and some really bad ones and, for the most part, they could be described as "what you see is what you get." Sure we've had some like a "tricky Dick" and one that was an actor but we've never had one quite like Barack Obama who can best be described as the "Great Pretender."

The inspiration for this article comes from a hit song from the 1950's by the Platters, entitled The Great Pretender. One day when I was thinking about all the many ways that Mr. Obama has failed to follow through on the commitments that he made to the people of America, I heard that song played on an oldies station and I thought, "That's him, that's President Obama, the Great Pretender."

Here's an excerpt from that song:

"Oh-oh, yes I'm the great pretender

  Pretending that I'm doing well

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My need is such I pretend too much"

That's it, that fits him perfectly. He pretends to be an agent of change but he's anything but that; his inspiring campaigning theme "Yes we can" has never materialized. And what he has done and the way that he has gone about it just doesn't match his soaring rhetoric. We're still waiting for something of real substance to happen; with this president, there is a distinct disconnect between what he says and what he, in reality, does.

The song goes on with: "I seem to be what I'm not, you see"

He has seriously misrepresented himself. He has used clever sleight of hand tactics to make us think that he was a visionary, that he would take this country in a new direction, that he was a man of peace (how laughable) and that he would fight for the American people and what was in their best interests. Rather, he has shown that he does not have the courage and conviction to confront the powers that control this government and the Republican obstructionists and he has caved in to their demands and dictates time and again.

Here's what I strongly believe that Mr. Obama and his secret Republican pals have agreed to do about reducing Social Security benefits: With his proposal to substantially dilute these benefits that so many retired Americans depend upon by including the proposed CPI, the chained consumer price index in his budget proposal, he has now gone against the wishes of the majority of Americans, most of the members of the Democratic Party, liberals, and independents. And by doing this he has joined with the Republican Party to pound the first nail into the coffin of Social Security; he has proven without a shadow of a doubt that he is one of the most controlled and ineffective presidents in the history of this country.

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You know that Mr. Obama is conspiring with the GOP when you consider the fact that Social Security has nothing whatsoever to do with the national deficit, it functions on its own; it collects revenues and dispenses benefits. But what this president is helping to do is this; the federal government has, over decades, "borrowed" about $2.6 trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund to pay for other government spending. But it has no intention of ever paying its back. So the Republicans want to let the government off the hook and use those reduced benefits to make up for the shortfall in the general budget. In a case where Mr. Obama should be telling the Republicans "Hell No, I won't allow that to happen he is, instead, aiding and abetting their deceitful plans.

If I'm not mistaken Mr. Obama will be the first Democratic president since the inception of Social Security in 1935 to begin the process of weakening Social Security. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who created it, if he's out there somewhere in the beyond, is probably in a state of shock and disbelief, and most probably thinking that this is yet another "Day of infamy."

But at least we have one honorable member of Congress who is an honest representative of the people and stands behind them without reservation; that's Senator Bernie Sanders, Independent of Vermont who is directly confronting Mr. Obama on this issue by making this statement: "I am terribly disappointed and will do everything in my power to block President Obama's proposal to cut benefits for Social Security recipients through a chained consumer price index. Check out this article that explains how Senator Sanders is leading the charge to confront this president who is doing the exact opposite.

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Michael Payne is an independent progressive activist. His writings deal with social, economic, political and foreign policy issues; and especially with the great dangers involved with the proliferation of perpetual war, the associated defense (more...)
 

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But at least we have one honorable member of... by michael payne on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:10:09 PM
but Obama is given too much credit- he does not or... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:51:41 PM
An orchestrator can be a puppet on a string or a t... by michael payne on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 2:08:26 PM
I love Bernie, but don't ;eave out Elizabeth Warre... by thepiffler on Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 7:52:06 PM
I am/ was/ no am/ no definitely was a supporter of... by James Tennier on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 2:24:53 PM
"... he has proven without a shadow of a doubt th... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 5:22:52 PM
Michael, it amazes me how much we think alike even... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 6:00:54 PM
"Any Democrat or Republican who supports this pre... by John Rachel on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 6:11:23 PM
John: Pink Slips. A really fine article tha... by michael payne on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 8:13:22 PM
"....it will never be done until the mass of Amer... by Amy Schreiner on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 9:55:13 PM
Obama learned how to be a republican and a traitor... by Simple Truth on Wednesday, Apr 10, 2013 at 10:18:17 PM
just a few points -- you wrote: "We're still ... by rich andrews on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:53:09 AM
You and I and many others who comment on Mr. Obama... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:42:06 AM
There is only one best strategy that can plausibly... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:46:13 AM
I love the trope and soundtrack of "The Great Pret... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:02:30 AM
if other candidates had been allowed to debate. It... by dorothy przystas on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:20:33 AM
You couldn't have said it any better and I fully a... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:45:19 AM
I come here often..but I am a little hesitant to p... by dorothy przystas on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:34:42 PM
The comments here are very constructive and it is ... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:40:52 AM
I keep saying that Corporatism is the root cause o... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:00:52 PM
As I said in my first comment and in other posts. ... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:31:49 PM
is single issue voting as explained here and here.... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:50:38 AM
I have a simple comment on this post.  Everyo... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:47:39 PM
by swinging elections through single issue voting ... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:01:09 AM
Well I knew he was a pretender before he was elect... by Judith A Cartisano on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:56:00 PM
if we just change the name "conspiracy theorists" ... by Amy Schreiner on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:58:17 PM
Good idea. Truth seekers makes sense to me.... by Judith A Cartisano on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:40:00 AM
It;s true.  Judith did say that Obama was a p... by Joan Wile on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 7:37:56 PM
Thank you Joan. It is not that I thought Hillary ... by Judith A Cartisano on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 8:42:01 AM
to "remove their support from him."  Everythi... by George Flower on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:56:08 PM
Among all the other problems we have is: what are ... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 3:43:03 PM
Even if there are people who possess the skills, d... by Amy Schreiner on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:04:47 PM
 of this hole"   As Amy says, even if t... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:09:15 AM
The task awaits for us "diggers" to discuss, perfe... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 3:14:19 AM
GREEN GREEN GREENI voted for them last election an... by thepiffler on Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 7:57:59 PM
I have trouble believing there are those here so r... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 4:44:05 PM
Dr. Tom:I hope you didn't include me when you said... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 6:32:16 PM
Again, I agree with you and feel many of the same ... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 7:28:50 PM
Dr Tom, I would - with all due respect to your goo... by George Flower on Friday, Apr 12, 2013 at 12:32:39 AM
I haven't read any comments here saying that it wa... by Amy Schreiner on Monday, Apr 15, 2013 at 4:26:49 PM
Here's a brand new example of activism as being em... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 9:05:35 PM
What I said was, "are not doing anything that I ca... by michael payne on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 10:15:46 PM
That's exactly what I wrote about in a blog publis... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 11:50:28 PM