Obama’s Rogue Agenda

On Wednesday, Obama addressed income inequality. He called it "the defining challenge of our time." He did so disingenuously.

Throughout his tenure, he's transferred America's wealth to corporate interests and super-rich elites. He stole it from ordinary people doing so.

Even Wall Street Journal editors said "few presidents have done more to increase inequality than he has."

Median household income fell throughout his tenure. It's 4.2% lower than when he took office. It keeps heading south.

Rich investors profited hugely. Most never had it so good. "Mr. Obama is Chief Economist of Nottingham posing as Robin Hood," said Journal editors.

He's waging war on middle America. He's destroying it on his watch. He's increasingly leaving the nation's most disadvantaged on their own. More on what he said below.

He's arguably America's worst ever president. He did what many thought impossible. He exceeded the worst of George Bush.

His rap sheet is long and loathsome. He's got three more years to extend it. Numerous previous articles explained.

One said impeaching him is a national imperative. Others said he belongs in prison, not high office.

Many explained how he wrecked the economy. He looted the nation's wealth. He handed it to banksters and other corporate crooks.

America's 1% benefitted handsomely. They did so at the expense of most others. Protracted Main Street Depression era levels persist.

Conditions increasingly go from bad to worse. Force-fed austerity compounds things. The worst is yet to come.

Obama transformed America more than ever into a kleptocracy. Gangsterism reflects official policy. High-level public and private corruption is rampant.

Wealth is disproportionately shared. Ordinary people are exploited. Washington's criminal class is bipartisan.

Democracy is more illusion than reality. Americans get the best money can buy. Diktat power rules.

Obama is thirdworldizing America. He's banana republicanizing it. He's turning it into a dystopian backwater. A race to the bottom reflects official policy.

Administration policy prioritizes wealth, power and privileged interests. It lets vital popular needs go begging. Obama's operated this way throughout his tenure.

He consigned growing millions to poverty, unemployment, underemployment, hunger, homelessness and despair. He's got more human wrecking in mind.

He wants US resources used for militarism, warmaking, and homeland repression. He wants ordinary people left high and dry.

He's waging war on hard won labor rights. He's destroying them on his watch. He commodifying public education. He's making it another business profit center.

He wants healthcare industry giants more than ever profiting from illness and disease. He wants it at the expense of universal coverage.

He doesn't give a damn about ordinary people. He wants them used and abused. He wants it globally. He wants supportive constituents exploited and neglected.

He's waging multiple direct and proxy wars. He's got more death and destruction in mind. He wants unchallenged US global dominance.

He wants all political, economic and military rivals eliminated. He supports some of the world's most ruthless despots. He wants all sovereign independent governments removed.

He wants subservient pro-Western ones replacing them. He wants America's imperium advanced. He's waging war on humanity ruthlessly.

He wants fundamental freedoms compromised en route to eliminating them altogether. He's enforcing police state harshness doing so.

He wants vital truths and full disclosure suppressed. He wants government wrongdoing left unpunished. He wants whistleblowers exposing it silenced. He targeted more than all his predecessors combined.

He wants America's most disadvantaged further deprived. He wants vital social benefits reduced en route to eliminating them altogether.

He's hard-right, neoliberal, reactionary, belligerent, pro-corporate, anti-labor, anti-populist and anti-social justice.

He believes anything government can do business does better so it it. He turns a blind eye to international, constitutional and US statute rule of law principles.

He's a moral coward. He's a serial liar. He disgraces the office he holds.

Even New York Times editors called him "The President of Inequality." What matters most to Americans is anxiety over economic hard times, they said.

Six in 10 workers worry most about being laid off. It's the highest number in decades. Since Obama took office, job security sunk to Depression era levels.

Inequality in America matches third world countries. Conditions are getting worse, not better. Obama's race to the bottom agenda bears full responsibility.

Times editors correctly said "concentrated wealth leads to more frequent recessions, higher household debt, and growing cynicism and despondency."

It's expressed in little "faith in government's ability to do anything about the problem." Intent matters most.

Inequality didn't happen by chance. It was planned. Race to the bottom policies began decades ago.

Class war reflects them. Obama is responsible for more human wreckage than any of his predecessors. His agenda remains unchanged.

His speech was long on demagogic boilerplate. It was short on promises made to be kept. Business as usual remains policy.

Obama lied claiming otherwise. His presidency reflects a trail of broken promises. He says one thing. He does another.

He's done so since day one in office. Disingenuous rhetoric substitutes for good intentions. Honesty isn't his long suit. Nor are popular interests.

He lied saying he "ran for president (to) mak(e) sure our economy works for" everyone. He called doing so the centerpiece "of last year's campaign."

In the last year alone, poverty and real unemployment rose on his watch. Half or more of all US households are either impoverished on bordering it.

Unemployment based on 1980's model is 23.5%. Fake headline numbers conceal it. Underemployment is out-of-control.

Most working households struggle to get by. Many don't earn enough to live on. They're one missed pay check away from being out of luck altogether.

Force-fed austerity remains policy. Social America is on the chopping block for elimination. Doing so is official Obama administration policy. Equality is a convenient illusion.

Obama's promise to "shore up Social Security for future generations" reflects another one to be broken. He planned doing so straightaway in office.

He targeted Medicare. He wants major changes in both programs. He wants them privatized. He wants ordinary people increasingly on their own.

He wants them responsible for their retirement income and healthcare. He wants Wall Street crooks able to rip them off more than already.

Business as usual assures harder than ever hard times. Obama's rhetoric wore thin long ago. Growing numbers know he can't be trusted. He's a con man writ large.

Promises substitute for constructive policies. "(O)ur way of life" mumbo jumbo reflects supporting concentrated wealth, power and privileged interests. Ordinary people are increasingly left out.

America is a let 'em eat cake society. Obama's agenda reflects its worst features. It's not about to change now.

Throughout his tenure, super-rich elites benefitted hugely. They got around 95% of income gains. Billionaires doubled their wealth. Much higher inflation than reported meant ordinary people lost out.

They're much worse off now than five years ago. Nothing ahead suggests positive change. Expect millions more to be impoverished before Obama leaves office.

Expect unemployment and underemployment to grow. Obama claims otherwise. "(O)ver the course of the next year and for the rest of (his) presidency, (he'll) "focus all (his) efforts" on fighting inequality, he said.

The same way he's done it for the past five years. Rhetoric substitutes for promises made to be kept.

His pathetic human misery antidote is inadequately raising the minimum wage. In inflation adjusted terms, it's lower than since the 1970s.

He supports increasing it to $10.10 an hour. Doing so would leave a family of four with one full-time working member impoverished.

Most urban ones would be deeply so. They need double or more that much to get by. Annually rising inflation increases their burden.

Obama disingenuously called for "making high-quality preschool available to every child in America."

He did so despite slashing Head Start. It's for comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services for low-income families with children.

Thousands were stricken from the rolls during harder than ever hard times. Expect many more left out before Obama leaves office in January 2017.

On December 3, he launched a concentrated effort to sell his Affordable Care Act (ACA). He'll continue it through December 23. It's the deadline for January 1 coverage.

Press events and social media will complement his message. He intends delivering it virtually daily. He did so in his Wednesday address.

He lied calling ACA an egalitarian program. It's a scam. It's a ripoff. It's a healthcare rationing scheme. It's to enrich insurers, Big Pharma and large hospital chains.

It leaves millions uninsured. It leaves millions more way underinsured. It flies in the face of what's needed. Universal coverage alone works.

In 2007, candidate Obama supported it. He said "affordable, universal health care for every single American must not be a question of whether. It must be a question of how."

He promised action to enact it in his first term. He lied. ACA is polar opposite what he endorsed. He proved his word isn't his bond.

His approval rating shows it. A recent CBS poll had him at 37%. Others have him hovering around the 40% level.

He may end up as low as Bush before he leaves office. Another 15 point drop will match him at around 25%. Growing human misery appears heading him in that direction.

Lincoln once said "(y)ou can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time."

Growing anti-Obama sentiment shows most people don't buy mumbo jumbo promises made to be broken. Maybe no one but diehards and fools will before he leaves office.

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Stephen Lendman- BFP Contributing Author & Analyst
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. He received a Harvard BA in 1956 and a Wharton MBA in 1960. Since 2005, Mr. Lendman has been writing on vital world and national topics, including war and peace, American imperialism, corporate dominance, political persecutions, and a range of other social, economic and political issues. He hosts The Progressive Radio News Hour on The Progressive Radio Network. Visit Mr. Lendman’s blog site here. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

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  1. BearCountry says:

    Stephen, I wish that you would speak up and tell us your real thoughts on this president.

    • donilo252525 says:

      Exactly what I was thinking – I wish you weren’t so wishy-washy! LOL!

      Seriously, it’s wonderful to see “The Big Lie” called out so clearly and insistently. The number of those doing so are increasing daily – my greatest hope is that this rise will become exponential in nature – kind of like the “Big Bang Theory.” If the universe could bring itself into existence in miliseconds, then so should Truth do the same. Obama MUST GO!

  2. So you’re saying that Ann Margret is not coming?
    Thanks, Stephen. It is hard to imagine that we got worse than W., but we did.

  3. I do not disagree with this article. However, how did we get there? How did we get this president? Well, let’s begin with the most prolific game changer which many people forget. It started with 9/11 when many flag waving Americans decided to blame our economic social ills on 19 muslims and some guy living in a cave who allegedly gave us this tragedy. We sent our troops on two unconstitutional “conflict” excursions courtesy of the PATRIOT ACT which congress never read. We got the massive surveillance state. We got the housing boom which gave us the housing bubble crisis which tricked Americans into thinking that “conflicts” really do stimulate the economy. Funny, how we can say with our short historical attention spans that Obama might be the worst president ever! Did we forget that once we make “worse” the only thing we get back is something more worse within a soulless and corrupt system. Do we really think that if Romney had been elected things would have been better. The same Romney who is bought and sold by the same Neo-Conservative hawks who gave us all that I mentioned above? The same Romney who in all likelihood would have us at war with Iran which is a zero sum proposition and would have also been cut from the same Wall Street cloth that Obama has since cow-towed too. No, I am not a defender for Obama in the least. Yeah, I knew what we were getting once he took power. Did we learn anything since 9/11 which gave the permanent government power over both parties? I do not think most Americans have. They are still caught up in the dialectic. Like I said, just a lot of screaming now…..

    • donilo252525 says:

      Hi Pick,
      You don’t say this specifically, but I get the feeling that you consider our electoral system as the only way to make the change we need. Years ago I would have been with you on that, but the steadily increasing trashing of all meaning behind my vote tells me that the government in power is firmly run by the military/corporate complex, using the money from the 1% along with a certain number of those who embody the lower percentages near 1%.

      We the people can well be blamed for allowing the propaganda spun by politicians and the press to dominate our sources of information. This has been worked on our population for decades, earlier in a covert way, but now blatently overt. We have allowed ourselves to be numbed by societal “drugs,” made up mostly of capitalistic “things” and a false sense of “ownership” which has been drilled deeply into our psyches.

      Waking to this condition is happening, though far too slowly. My greatest hope is that this awakening can become exponential in its growth and its spread.

      Still, the harsh tone of this article, in my opinion, is well plaed and more of the same is called for. In order to waken people there’s going to have to be a lot of “screaming” in as many forms as possible. We are in need of a good “slap in the face.” We are that deeply entrenched in our shock.


  4. Well said, Donilo. Our constitution is not perfect by any means whether it be by the electoral system or popular vote. It takes an enlightened people to grab both systems and make them work for the American people. Buckminster Fuller was correct that only a people who are philosopher Kings can make this work. Only then can government really mean “by the people.”

    You are very correct when you wrote: “We the people can well be blamed for allowing the propaganda spun by politicians and the press to dominate our sources of information. This has been worked on our population for decades, earlier in a covert way, but now blatently overt. We have allowed ourselves to be numbed by societal “drugs,” made up mostly of capitalistic “things” and a false sense of “ownership” which has been drilled deeply into our psyches.” However, again, I do agree SOME have woken up, but not fast enough. It continues to amaze me that both sides of the political spectrum after the last Republican and now this Democratic administration continue to vote out of party loyalty. When we realize this is not about “parties” but about the system which supports and self-regulates the iniquities than only oblivion awaits and then there will be no screaming.

  5. While Obama certainly is a smooth-talking criminal and con man who looks good in Armani, I feel, strangely, that he accurately reflects the current Zeitgeist, as well as the values of much of the citizenry, just as more obvious examples of political hypocrisy and venality such as Reagan did. Time to clean up our act.

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