"Corporate Socialism" anyone?
And now we have more tax cuts for the rich, while millions of ordinary citizens lose their homes, their jobs and their futures. America's income/wealth inequities are at the greatest level in our history and comparable to those in many Third World nations. It was recently shown we're worse than Egypt, Tunisia and Yemen as evaluated by our own CIA!
Let's keep going, shall we?
Fascism is normally described as being on the far right but there's a scholarly consensus that fascism was also influenced by the far left but with a "focus" on solutions from the right. Sorry folks but that sounds exactly like what's going on in our country today. I voted for candidate Obama because I believed he was antiwar (even though he said he would escalate the war in Afghanistan). I know what was I thinking. To me he appeared to believe in many of the same American principles I do. These include a safety net for the less fortunate, healthcare as a basic human right, good jobs, education as the key to creating a better life, clean energy, etc. You get the gist and, yet, at every turn President Obama's capitulated to the right and the corporations, appearing to drop his original ideals before there's so much as one real negotiation.
It's the Obama shuffle. Speak to the left and step to the right. Don't listen to what he says, he talks a good game, watch what he does.
During healthcare reform considerations, the public option was taken off the table early and without that option there's no way to curtail our out of control insurance costs. And the private meetings with big Pharma made sure we can't negotiate for better drug prices. We lost the battle for cost effective universal healthcare almost before it began.
Should we panic yet?
To be fair, there was "Wall Street Reform" which contained a significant provision for consumer protection. And in order to avoid a Senate confirmation, the President appointed in the interim, Elizabeth Warren, a champion for consumer affairs and the Middle Class. Unfortunately, no one's seen or heard hide nor hair from her since. My suspicion's she's been relegated to a broom closet somewhere in the White House. (Actually she's currently running for U.S. Senate (D-MA) and can be reached at ElizabethWarren.com.)
There's clearly not a "Too Big to Fail" provision enforceable in the bill. In fact, the recent findings of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission shows the concentration of financial assets in the largest commercial and investment banks is significantly higher today than it was in the run-up to the crisis. But no matter, the banks go fiddle de de as they continue doling out huge bonuses to their insatiable, reckless, self-serving executives.
So I ask you who is in charge here? Certainly not "we the people."
We the people did not ask for these bank bailouts and certainly not our foreign wars. We the people want peace, the public option and accountability but nobody is listening to us. No one's been prosecuted for starting these unjust wars or stealing all of our money.
Because our elected officials don't have to answer to us anymore. We have a government, which is "the best money can buy." The politicians now get the bulk of their campaign money from Wall Street, billionaires like the Koch brothers and big corporations so if our politicians don't play by their rules they don't get their money, and the person who has the most money or the greatest access to money wins.