Obama: The more things change, the more they stay the same.
It seems as though all the stars aligned for Barrack Obama. Although symbolic that he has become the first African American President, up to now it seems Obama is just continuing Bush’s agenda. This seems to be the same old U$ imperialism, only this time with a black face. What, for all our faith and hope, has Obama attempted to do for the people? His administration has spent, lent or guaranteed $12.8 trillion in taxpayer dollars to Wall Street and insolvent banks in a doomed effort to re-inflate the bubble economy, a tactic that at best forestalls catastrophe and will leave us broke in a time of profound crisis. The big banks are laughing on how easy that was to pull off. Not surprising if you consider the people Obama has advising him like Chief of Staff Rahm Emmanuel, Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner and Economic Advisor Larry Summers, all former big bank Wall St. insiders, who should all be held responsible for this economic mess and who should be getting subpoenas.
When it comes to foreign policy Obama has allocated nearly $1 trillion in defense-related spending and the continuation of our doomed imperial projects in Iraq, where military planners now estimate that 70,000 troops will remain for the next 15 to 20 years. He has expanded the war in Afghanistan, including the use of drones sent on cross-border bombing runs into Pakistan that have doubled the number of civilians killed over the past three months. These policies of bombings on civilians are creating new generation of people that will just hate the U$, eventually increasing the number of terrorist in that region. And what about prosecuting the Bush administration for war crimes, including the use of torture?
Here at home, Obama is not fighting for real healthcare reform and will not even consider single-payer not-for-profit health care for all Americans. He would not back a bill designed to cap predatory credit card interest rates allowing credit card companies to still charge usury rates to their customers. Education has been hurting for a while yet more teachers are being laid off. Public schools have been neglected and are more segregated today than they were 50 years ago. Obama has also refused to ease restrictions so workers can organize. There has been growth, but only amongst the very rich. Although Obama has inherited many of these problems he doesn’t seem to really have any initiative or urgency to reform any of these issues. He seems to be too complacent with the status quo that brought us to this point by their reckless foreign and economic policies. He has become a global celebrity who sounds and looks good, but seems to continue doing the same things the former U$ president did. Right now there doesn’t seem to be much difference between a democrat and a republican administration. This is not what I voted for. This is not change. It’s time to start holding Obama accountable.
By O. Velasquez