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Will Liberals Ever Notice Obama Is Raping Them?

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The liberal blogger, Greg Sargent, at the Power-Line blog of the Washington Post, headlined March 20th,  "On Sequester, Liberals Face a Dilemma,"   pointed out that congressional Democrats will ultimately be forced to choose between "indefinite sequestration or a grand bargain that includes serious entitlement cuts."

Before the fiscal cliff on January 1st, the options between Democrats and Republicans had instead been either tax-hikes on $250,000+ incomes, or else tax-hikes on everyone, along with default on the federal debt. Obama caved to the Republicans and gave them a $450,000 cut-off point instead of $250,000, and he threw in for good measure a tax-hike on Social Security earnings, which would hit the lower classes too -- not just the $450,000+ earners.  Had the President just allowed the fiscal cliff to arrive, then Congress could have returned with a tax cut for the $250,000 and below only, something the Republicans would be hard pressed to block.  Instead, he continued his pattern of negotiating through first conceding nearly everything dear to the Republican heart.  

This time, by contrast, he is closer to his goal: to force congressional Democrats to make "serious entitlement cuts" -- raising the retirement age and lowering the cost-of-living adjustment, so as to transfer gradually onto the middle and lower classes the massive investment losses aristocrats experienced from the Bush crash in 2008. In other words, this is how Obama intends to finish the job he worked on throughout his Presidency:  for the general public to absorb the costs of the ongoing Wall Street bailouts.

As I previously pointed out at length , Barack Obama systematically and brilliantly worked on this plan, to slash "entitlements" in order to fund the Wall Street bailouts, and he has actively done so ever since as least four days before he was first inaugurated -- that is, starting no later than 16 January 2009. As I pointed out there, the lynch-pin of his entire plan is his refusal to use the weapon that he has legally available to him to crush the Republican threat of their use of the debt-ceiling to force the Federal Government into default in violation of the explicit command of the 14th Amendment, "The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law... shall not be questioned."  In other words: Obama wants congressional Republicans to be able to force congressional Democrats to "agree" to slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and so Obama gives Republicans this power, which actually they do not legally possess. He gives it to them by refusing to use his own Constitutional power, forcing them to challenge him in court.  

His plan (as I described each successive stage of it there)  works very effectively toward the end of transferring those aristocrats' losses onto the general public, and this is the reason why economic inequality is soaring under Obama faster than under any previous President . In fact: "The top 1% captured 121% of the income gains in the first two years of the recovery." What the data show is that for the first time ever on record, all income gains went only to the top 1%. The bottom 99% lost 0.4% in income during Obama's economic recovery from Bush's crash. The bottom 99% are even a bit worse off now than they were under Bush's crash. But the top 1% are 21% better-off now than they were when Obama took office. Obama cares only about the top 1%. He serves them very well; what he serves them is the bottom 99%, who vote for him because they believe his lying rhetoric. The reality of Obama (as opposed to his rhetoric) is remarkably close to the reality of Mitt Romney, the chief difference between the two being that Obama is far more competent than Romney in a wide range of areas.

Obama, as it turns out, is, perhaps, the best Presidential partner that congressional Republicans ever had -- of either Party.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010 , and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity .

 

Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of  They're Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010,  and of  CHRIST'S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that (more...)
 

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... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:02:44 AM
The most obvious tactic Obama ever used was failin... by John Reed on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:07:40 AM
I am the world's worst defender of Obama as progre... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 12:48:31 PM
US liberals  do not exist- they are invented ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 1:09:28 PM
especially where I said, "As I previously pointe... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 1:47:26 PM
Only a MAN would call something that is not a rape... by Ruth Lopez on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 8:13:11 AM
http://cappuccinoqueen.com/?p=100 is from a woman ... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:28:39 AM
http://cappuccinoqueen.com/?p=100... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:32:18 AM
 - he does the job you say he does. But there... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:54:27 PM
that surely there could be people with liberal vie... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:51:01 PM
Here's what classical liberal economist Adam Smith... by coyote on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:48:13 PM
Today, of course, there are two kinds of liberals.... by coyote on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:48:41 PM
Liberalism: the hard and soft sid... by coyote on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:47:09 PM
In contemporary usage, "Liberal" is the term which... by George Flower on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:40:18 AM
the bankers could have ever dreamed of. Slick Will... by intotheabyss on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 2:00:01 PM
... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 2:14:41 PM
The free trade agreements codify the least stringe... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 11:40:14 AM
is shadow-boxing and I gave that up for lent. You ... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:06:36 PM
I did not comment on  your comments for a rea... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:29:14 PM
then I won't bother to comment on the ill-defined ... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:35:37 PM
and  as I  said to the  people- it ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 6:42:55 PM
Mr. SashineYou addressed me in your scolding, worl... by Robert S. Becker on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:43:04 PM
And who voted him into office? Kinda funny now... ... by Bill Johnson on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 3:21:08 PM
Blaming liberals for having "voted him into office... by Eric Zuesse on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 4:10:51 PM
Even by reading the Obama books it could become cl... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:06:02 PM
was not aware of Rocky Anderson or Jill Stein--the... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:50:27 PM
It's hard enough for a Third party to beat the sta... by Jill Herendeen on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 7:58:22 PM
As a very far left person who DID NOT VOTE FOR OBA... by Deborah Dills on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 12:46:49 AM
You read what you wanted to out of it. All I was s... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:09:53 AM
And portray that as a "save."  See my similar... by Jim Kavanagh on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 5:43:37 PM
Liberalism is a state of  active mindLiberal ... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:21:58 PM
I don't like political labels. I find them divisi... by Daniel Geery on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 8:53:17 PM
I did not label anyone. I just explained a differe... by Mark Sashine on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:11:58 PM
I am sure you know that there is, in fact, an ideo... by John Reed on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 9:38:50 PM
that there are liberal individuals.  At the s... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 7:29:13 AM
with iron fist. Any  issue like gun control, ... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 7:53:32 AM
I am afraid that when we now refer to Founding fat... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:47:17 AM
In liberal-speak, Democrats are... by coyote on Friday, Mar 22, 2013 at 10:41:38 PM
I saw through this con artist before the 2008 elec... by 911TRUTH on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 12:48:24 AM
Its good to see the brilliant minds here in commen... by Simple Truth on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 6:34:13 AM
and that's why I proposed OEN to become  a Nu... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 7:31:09 AM
Obama's a liberal (listen to him!) and a former so... by Simon Leigh on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:03:24 AM
You say "Obama's a liberal (listen to him!)." Do y... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 9:18:04 AM
I write extensively on the comment boards of the W... by Woody Smith on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 8:10:13 AM
This is an excellent description of Obama's behavi... by Dr. Tom Baldwin on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 12:28:06 PM
"Obama will be judged in history as being a charla... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 1:27:19 PM
The exception I take is to your "that's the only t... by Eric Zuesse on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 1:57:16 PM
The only mystery is how any progressive could ever... by Paul Kibble on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 2:35:27 PM
Some liberals are seeing the ugly truth behind Oba... by David McElroy on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 1:40:59 PM
what is communist about slashing social benefits w... by intotheabyss on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 4:04:59 PM
You claim that "there is no such thing  as li... by Paul Kibble on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 1:53:13 PM
... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 2:37:23 PM
Properly state premises? well-defined terms, chain... by Robert S. Becker on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 2:41:29 PM
This Alice in Wonderland quote has had its sharp e... by Paul Kibble on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 4:12:28 PM
I respect  Mr Alterman and  Mr Hedges bu... by Mark Sashine on Saturday, Mar 23, 2013 at 7:35:53 PM
I suspect that on most of the political issues cur... by Paul Kibble on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 1:28:54 PM
that is  like MSM says it: there are liberals... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 1:51:09 PM
Better dead than a commie liberal. Oh, liberalism ... by Robert S. Becker on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 6:10:14 PM
I am not  a threat for them.  I am an Am... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 6:29:50 PM
is very good and I would like to reiterate it. But... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:04:00 AM
People do not like other people to declare somethi... by Mark Sashine on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:16:11 AM
It's also Obama's little helpers like Dick Dur... by frang on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:31:40 PM
The problem with bloggers like Sargent is that th... by frang on Sunday, Mar 24, 2013 at 12:32:21 PM
At a time when Republicans are attacking women bot... by Ruth Lopez on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 8:02:54 AM
but that's considered a curse-word; and, besides, ... by Eric Zuesse on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 8:47:29 AM
It does seem that  we have a lot of people wh... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:38:38 AM
Second definition, after the commonplace one:as no... by Robert S. Becker on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:46:22 AM
Furthermore, the word "rape" does not mean on... by Jill Herendeen on Monday, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:22:47 AM