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Forum Post: wall street obama by paul street

Posted 5 years ago on June 9, 2014, 8:41 a.m. EST by flip (7101)
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Stealthier Service to Reigning Hierarchies

A major national re-branding was required to re-cloak American Empire and Inequality in false democratic clothes in the wake of the long Bush-Cheney-Rove nightmare. The fake-progressive and in fact “deeply conservative” [2]) and carefully establishment-vetted [3] Obama phenomenon provided a seemingly heaven-sent vehicle for Washington’s required image overhaul. It was made to order and right on time as the financial system and broader economy began to implode, necessitating a massive taxpayer bailout of the parasitic financial institutions that created the disaster in the first place. The Republicans’ long and all-too plainly plutocratic presence in the White House and the GOP’s reputation as the leading party of Big Business made it preferable for the moneyed elite that the president overseeing that populace-nauseating transfer be a supposedly liberal Democrat, not another rich white Republican. That the “liberal” Democrat who rose to instant celebrity at the 2004 Democratic National Convention was technically black was a great faux-democratic, identity-politicized neoliberal bonus[4]. “Brand Obama” held further plusses for the imperial project: the next president’s technically Muslim nomenclature and his deceptive “antiwar” credentials promised to combine with his color to promise to help the US undo some of the injury Bush43’s excessively barefaced imperialism had done to “Brand USA” in the Middle East and around the entire, mostly non-white world.[5]

Consistent with his longstanding “vacuous-to-repressive neoliberal politics” (Adolph Reed, Jr.’s description of an unnamed, freshly elected state senator Obama’s world view in January of 1996[6]) and the historic elite campaign finance and corporate media backing he received in 2008[7], the nation’s first half-white (“black but not like Jesse”) president has dedicated much of his time in the White House to picking up the Machiavellian ball of deception on behalf of the rich and powerful. He is no less beholden to or enamored with the nation’s reigning hierarchies than his blustering and buffoonish predecessor. He never was. His mission, however, has been to serve the nation’s great white capitalist and imperial masters in a less clumsy and more stealthy, cleverly deceptive fashion, consistent with Machiavelli’s counsel. It’s not mainly about him. The princes who are served by his great pretending and dissembling are the nation’s real rulers at the pinnacles of “the 1 Percent......................

Wall Street Obama Obama44 has been no less solicitous of the nation’s “unelected dictatorship of money” [19] (the US corporate and financial ruling class) and has done little more for the nation’s working class majority than his more ham-fisted predecessor. Consistent with his early staffing of key White House economic posts by top neoliberal Wall Street insiders, he has made no serious effort to regulate or prosecute, much less nationalize the nation’s reigning arch-parasitic financial institutions, whose record of pushing the US and global economy into crisis in pursuit of the endless upward distribution of fortunes is surely far from over[20]. He worked assiduously to shield the financial chieftains from richly deserved populist anger[21]while he stealthily expanded the massive Wall Street bailouts initiated by his maladroit predecessor and launched a woefully inadequate stimulus bill heavily weighted towards tax cuts for the affluent. There were no comparable bailouts for the non-affluent majority, thrown into recession through no fault of their own, by the greedy excess of the Few. The venerable liberal-left commentator William Greider put it well in a March 2009 Washington Post column titled “Obama Told Us to Speak But is He Listening?”: “People everywhere learned a blunt lesson about power, who has it and who doesn’t. They have watched Washington run to rescue the very financial interests who caused the catastrophe. They learned that government has plenty of money to spend – when the right people want it” (emphasis added). And little to spend on the rest of us, the wrong people, soon to be known as “the 99%,” left to ask “where’s my bailout?” [22]

Obama’s subsequent health insurance legislation– the absurdly titled “Affordable Care Act” – was designed by the Republican Heritage Foundation. It preserved the unchallenged profit-making and price- and rate-gouging power of the nation’s leading insurance and drug companies in cold defiance of public opinion. The single-payer model long favored by most Americans was banned from serious consideration in White House “reform” deliberations, consistent with then White House chief of staff Rahm Emmanuel’s advice to the president: “ignore the progressives” [23].

Obama has never lifted a finger for the Employee Free Choice Act, upon which he campaigned in 2007 and 2008. It would have substantively re-legalized union organizing in the US. Obama offered no public support for the historic pro-union public worker and citizen uprising against Wisconsin’s hard right Koch brother-backed Governor Scott Walker in February and March of 2011. The president managed a single mild Tweet for the Wisconsin Democrats’ campaign to recall Walker the following year. And when the remarkable Occupy rebellion against the nation’s gaping class disparities and the corporate and financial elite’s domination of US politics and policy spread across the nation in the fall and early winter of 2011, the Obama administration undertook a federal campaign of surveillance, infiltration, and repression that led to the coordinated police-state dismantlement of the neo-populist encampments before the end of the year.[24]



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[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

DOW closing in on 17k, all bailout money. Wall St has never been more successful than with this current crop of politicians.

A 90% reelection rate this November will ensure it continues for the most part.

[-] 0 points by flip (7101) 5 years ago

it will continue unless we stop it - re occupy?

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

Trying to recreate that is something that has been the million dollar question- How To?

How do you recreate a movement? Can it be recreated? Or did the state makes it's point with their violent crackdown?

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 5 years ago

Sounds too difficult.

Oh well, guess we can each find a corner to crawl into.

Be safe

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

Not a reason to give up at all, if you are defeated by simple discussion of how to organize things, try being on the ground and doing it. Makes the former look like a cake walk.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 5 years ago

facetious, I was. My street cred is unassailable. As such I offer no defense of same.

If you aren't suggesting surrender with the abysmal description of our chances, what course/strategy are you suggesting.?

Jes aksin'

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

I didn't see a "with the abysmal description of our chances" in that statement that was made, it was simply asking some very obvious questions at this point.

I'm not sure as to the answers, thats why I'm asking people.

[-] 1 points by 99nproud (2697) 5 years ago

My interpretation no doubt. My bad.

I suppose I see our current situation as finally starting to break.

OUR efforts have resuscitated progressives like we haven't seen in decades.

Now is the time to identify all bits of progress/momentum, find like minded groups, inspire new voices. Accentuate the positive.

Build on our small successes.

We are looking at years of battles, no wallowing, Eliminate the negative.

Glad to hear you are not a wallower.

The answer is ratchet up the pressure!!! I'm sure, if you aren't.

Protest, Vote. Repeat! (simplicity for ease of understanding)

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

Right, I get all the rhetoric. But whats the move? Whats the action?

Im asking this because it was a topic of discussion at a meeting I was at the other day.

What do you suggest as far as steps to follow to achieve what you just stated?

[-] -1 points by flip (7101) 5 years ago

lots of things going on below the surface - where it will show up who knows but we as a people have put up with too much

[-] 1 points by turbocharger (1756) 5 years ago

I agree there is a lot of frustration. The question is- can you make that rise up, or does it have happening organically...

[-] 3 points by flip (7101) 5 years ago

well it has been both through out history no - 8 hr work day and civil rights etc

[-] -1 points by HCabret2014 (-11) 5 years ago

Spontanaity is a requirement for successful anything.

"Lend me your eyes I can change what you see But your soul you must keep, totally free Har har, har har, har har, har har"

[-] -1 points by shadz66 (19985) 5 years ago

''Stealthier Service to Reigning Hierarchies'' - says so much lol, hrumph & a cross link to :

ad iudicium ...

[-] 0 points by flip (7101) 5 years ago

nice job - thanks

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 5 years ago

A glimpse into the injustice that OWS struggles against :

multum in parvo ...

[-] 1 points by flip (7101) 5 years ago

good article thanks - again!

[-] 2 points by shadz66 (19985) 5 years ago

More in keeping with the OP, consider the following video interviews and final audio link from R.D.Wolff :

fiat lux ...