martes, 31 de marzo de 2009

You don't need to be a weatherman... if you have the Weather Channel! Thanx, Max Boot & Wall Street!

"I ... revere the courage and competence of our military.... I think much of what ails the inner city involves a breakdown in culture..." (Question: Are these Bush quotes or Obama quotes?)

"I serve as a blank screen on which people of vastly different political stripes project their own views.”
- Obama in The Audacity of Hope.

Well here it is, we are a few months into Obama's presidency and we pretty much figured out who he is--big surprise, it turns out he is who he said he would be... basically another "compassionate capitalist."

He is compassionate with the Afghans & Pakistanis, saving them from the Taliban with drone planes dropping God's Fire--redemptive, but yes, it burns at first (which is why they are naively asking us to please stop it). And Oh Boy is he compassionate with the "too big to fail" corporations, which have received $12.8 trillion so far, about the entire U.S. GDP. He recently said he has no choice but to give whatever AIG asks for, because, he says, they are like a "madman with a bomb strapped to his chest." As William Greider points out, it's a false dilemma, because all we need to do is TAKE THEM OVER (then bust 'em up). And that's coming from someone who isn't even thinking of a whole new (old), non-capitalist economy... i.e., a supposed realist.

Arch neo-cons (including my next door neighbor who voted McCain) loved Obama as soon as he started naming his cabinet, and they love him even more now, after he fleshed out his Afghanistan/Pakistan policy. And yes, Max Boot really is this neocon Obama fan's name. I love it. There couldn't be a more apt name for a neocon. It's almost as good as Chris Riggall, the Diebold (now Premier Election Solutions) vote-stealing PR clown.

Oh btw, Obama, you may want to think twice about closing Guantanamo. It will be awfully expensive (and controversial once NUMBY kicks in), and in any case we know you already approve of torture at the big brother of Guantanamo, Bagram Airforce Base in Afghanistan. And hey, Guantanamo is actually a damn nice place to go, if you ask Miss Universe!

Bottom line, I agree with Greider's point that you don't need to be a financial or foreign policy expert yourself to understand and have an opinion on things. All you need to do is look at what your enemies think of the policies. Wall Street loves the econ policy, and Max Boot loves the foreign policy. This is more foolproof than looking at what Dems think of the policies, because Dems are biased toward whatever Obama does. Neocons and big business were supposed to be Obama's enemies, and if anything, would have the opposite bias from the Dems' supposed left-tilt, so their support means a whole lot more.