~ obama was hope ~ by two_gypsy_hearts
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
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.
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.