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Obama, growing on me like a colony of E. coli (satire?)

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Two months in and the best thing I can say about Barack Obama is that he’s not George Bush. Granted, he may be better than that banal skin sack Bush, but if the outcome is the same, does it really matter?

Is a knife in your back better than one through your heart?

What ever happened to change?

To date, all I see is politics as usual. You know, first win public approval with lies and promises, and then, do whatever the hell those with the real power tell you to do. So far, president (and part-time superhero and media star) Obama “THE MAN OF CHANGE” has continued with a lot of that Bush league stuff.

Here’s change Obama style:

He has bombed Pakistan several times. He plans to leave Guantanamo open for another year (while he expands Bagram?). He says he will withdraw the troops from Iraq next year – and leave a mere 50,000 troops and several military bases operational – all subject to Pentagon review (with options to remain as long as the Pentagon sees fit). Obama has made no mention of the hundred and fifty thousand or so ‘contractors’ (mercenaries) the US employs in Iraq.

And finally, Obama is continuing George Bush’s bailouts for wealthy people in banking and on Wall Street. That’s right kids; Obama seems content to continue with George W. Bush’s economic program of ‘no greedy wall street bastard left behind.’

Like Bush before him, Obama too believes that corporate and bank losses should be the responsibility of the taxpayer - and that corporate and bank profits the responsibility of corporations and banks. In case you forgot people, capitalism already has a plan in place for banks that go broke - they go bankrupt and their stockholders lose all their money. And, the people who ran, pimped and thieved for those banks they ran into the ground find other work – (hopefully not in banking or anywhere near other people’s money).

What changed so far?

Obama has built a government out of white-collar criminals, lobby group bootlickers and corporate elite lap dogs. Is this the change Obama spoke of? His number one money man is that (nasty word) Tim (another nasty word) Geithner, a former president of the New York Federal Reserve Bank – and one of the main players who guided us into this economic mess.

Obama has empowered the same corporate criminals (and spawn of satan) who, with obvious conflict of interest, believe the solution to our econmic problems is to help wealthy people maintain their wealth – at the expense of generations of taxpayers.

Yet each day, as more and more American people lose their jobs and homes and take up residence in tent cities whilst lining up for food stamps, their president bails out crooks. Hey Barack, where’s their bailout? They got beat up by the stock market too! (Fortunately, I still have my Beanie Baby collection - which now represents my entire pension savings).

I imagine soon, (within a year or two) the US dollar will collapse – this will lead to a collapse in the US economy at large, hence severe unemployment, poverty and eventually civil unrest and violence. Then, martial law will be declared. The media will all get together to sell martial law to the public as the best possible solution for the country. Naturally, the people will buy into the big lie and be thankful for martial law - an Orwellian parallel of staggering proportions.

And so, as this economic Titanic sinks into the depths, Barack Obama, like George Bush before him, is busy preparing seats on the lifeboats for the richest among us. The rest are being locked down in steerage and are about to go down with the ship.

To you who entertain the delusion that our financial woes will soon be over due to Obama’s superhuman ministrations, I view you as merely evidence that reality, like science, is no longer considered valid when it proves to be contrary to political theatre and propaganda.

If you are not fond of reality, I recommend you watch more television. Yes, television – where healthy minds go to die. I believe if you flip on your TV right this minute, you can catch America’s Biggest Loser, Jerry Springer or the network news (if you’re into fiction).

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Tim Cerantola's humour and political satire has been published in over 25 magazines and newspapers. When he is not pretending to be a writer, he works at a real job working with autistic and special needs children.
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