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There was no limit to the greed of the financial industry and the uber-rich during the Gilded Age . Teddy Roosevelt felt his job as President was standing up to Wall St. bankers, corporations and their political allies, it was simply a matter of right vs. wrong.

Around 1980 this limitless greed surfaced again. Wall St. became little more than a very high stakes casino with the house always winning and the same type of uber-rich, (i.e. the 1%, whose arrogance and wealth made them believe they are deserving of even more wealth), turned elections into auctions.

Candidate Obama promised us "Hope and Change". We hoped , but he gave us very few changes.

He lacked Roosevelt's grit to go after the financial industry when their greed and mismanagement crashed the world economy. Instead of strict control, the banks were allowed to become even more powerful and their CEO's even richer.

He advocated for single payer health care, but as president, we were told it was politically unfeasible.

He said he would march with striking workers, but it never happened.

He promised to label foods containing Genetically Modified ingredients, ---hasn't happened.

He did quote a story about another Roosevelt, Franklin Delano who, when asked to use his power as President to support civil rights and fair labor practice, said, I agree, now "go out and make me do it"

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I get it, it's our fault, we were supposed to make President Obama " go out and do it ".

It's our fault that the economy has not recovered.

It's our fault that drone aircraft are still killing civilians in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan and Somalia.

It's our fault that the military budget is untouchable, while while social services get axed.

It's our fault that Guantanamo is still holding prisoners without charges or legal rights.

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It's our fault that the US is still sending people to foreign "black sites" to be tortured.

It's our fault that Wall Street Banks are still playing fast and loose with our money, secure in the knowledge that the government will bail them out (but not us) when their bets go wrong.

It's our fault that his economic "team" is headed up by those who made the economic crash possible and inevitable.

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Jim Goodman, a WK Kellogg Food and Society Policy Fellow, is an organic dairy farmer and farm activist from Wonewoc Wisconsin. Encouraging local food production and consumption in the industrialized north, allowing the global south sovereignty in (more...)
 

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No, it's your fault as(h)hole.   I have a g... by Ned Lud on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 10:26:55 AM
Maybe being President is harder than it looks.Mayb... by Lexi Mize on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 11:01:07 AM
Obama's entire term in office was voided by republ... by Ginger McClemons on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 12:38:01 PM
With all respect Ms. McClemmons, I think your prog... by rob Chapman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 5:17:23 PM
The enmity between the President and the GOP leade... by rob Chapman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 5:25:03 PM
why? why is not the question. how can i not is the... by Sekhmetnakt Frost on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 2:08:49 PM
Jim, ignore the negative comments.These are the sa... by Miriam Callaghan on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 2:52:04 PM
Respectfully, Ms. Callaghan, your remark about you... by rob Chapman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 5:33:36 PM
 You're right, one needs to ignore the negati... by Jim Goodman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 8:25:24 PM
Works great for corporate people. I'm with you Jim... by Faith Carr on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 3:24:23 PM
The farming alternative is great for some, but wit... by rob Chapman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 5:36:13 PM
We always say we are growing "food for the revolut... by Jim Goodman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 8:26:35 PM
Because if Romney gets in there will be no country... by Archie on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 4:35:18 PM
Let me begin by assuring all that I am a pr... by rob Chapman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 5:11:10 PM
As a Senate candidate he stated "I happen to be a ... by Jim Goodman on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 10:46:45 PM
 And luckily understood that, at least.Starti... by BFalcon on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 5:22:23 AM
Please consider Gary Johnson. If enough people do,... by Alice Lillie on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 7:10:59 PM
that I have detailed in other threads at other tim... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Sep 9, 2012 at 11:16:08 PM
Right on target. I am getting tired of asking for ... by BFalcon on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 5:26:57 AM
Don't deserve your votes. That's all there is to i... by Timothy Gatto on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 12:55:13 AM
Obama takes progressives for granted because Democ... by Marta B on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 2:42:39 AM
by wall street, he sure pissed them off....no help... by Lynne Kringler on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 4:23:07 AM
No, I will vote gladly for President Obama because... by Lynne Kringler on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 5:06:38 AM
I'm much more concerned with Obama's ACTIONS than ... by Marta B on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 4:46:42 PM
I judge what's in his heart by what his actions ha... by Lynne Kringler on Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 3:24:25 AM
Since I am not psychic, I judge actions, and could... by Marta B on Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 3:15:47 PM
Perhaps the 'we' referred to his minions.... by Ginger McClemons on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 6:02:30 PM
""I am pleased to announce that my good friend, Co... by Marika on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 5:40:01 AM
Poor Chicago, with its history of non-democratic c... by Marta B on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 4:42:29 PM
BlackAgendaReport.com The ... by BARBARA BF on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 6:09:00 AM
Jim, I don't blame you for being bitter about Demo... by Douglas C. Smyth on Monday, Sep 10, 2012 at 8:01:18 AM
If Progressives are going to work 'within" a major... by Jim Goodman on Tuesday, Sep 11, 2012 at 9:25:45 PM