Families needing help to heat homes in winter were harmed. So were students relying on Pell Grants.
Other cuts targeted Medicare, children's healthcare, community healthcare centers, nonprofit health insurance cooperatives, disease prevention programs, WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) grants for low-income families, Head Start education help, community development block grants, and much more.
Trillions more cuts in term two are planned. Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and public pensions are targeted. So are education, healthcare, food stamps, and other vital social safety net protections.
Dark forces never rest. Third-worldizing America is policy. Force-fed austerity assures it. Dissembling hides it.
All men are created equal, Obama claimed. America "cannot succeed when a shrinking few do well and a growing many barely make it."
Obama did more than any previous president to increase an unconscionable wealth gap. It's unprecedented and escalating.
He, key Democrats, and Republicans are in lockstep. Not a dime's worth of difference separates them. They pretend otherwise. So do media scoundrels. Illusion substitutes for reality.
Obama challenged Republicans disingenuously. He called on them to back his agenda, saying: