Saturday, July 23, 2011

OBAMA'S PRESS CONFERENCE YESTERDAY

A lot of my friends have despaired over Obama's concessions to the Republicans (which means these days to the rightwing Republicans since they control or highly influence all political discourse now) but if they watched Obama's press conference yesterday they would have been seriously relieved I think.

The president did admit to giving the Republicans more than they were giving back in negotiations over the debt ceiling and deficit, but he also called them on their intransigence, their allegiance to ideology, corporate power and profits, and avoiding any fair or shared sacrifice on the part of the wealthy over the interests of the rest of us and the good of the country.

He was as forceful and as righteous as I've seen him get, and I felt like cheering pretty much everything he said, even though his centrist and pragmatic positions don't match my more leftist ones. If you didn't see it, here's a link to it.

8 comments:

JIm said...
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harryn said...

Yes - I definitely share appreciation his handling everything with a dignity that is beyond my capacity to tolerate some of those horrid right wing machinations ...

What a gentlemen - though I do wish he'd get a little 'ghetto' on them some time. Lets face it, with his background as a community organizer he's probably got the chops.

What is really becoming apparent is something you brought up previously Michael - the more to the extreme right the Right moves, the further the center moves right.
Someone has got to set some sideline boundaries - and I think that when the Pres doesn't lose himself in professorial language, it begins to work.

Robert G. Zuckerman said...

Deletion is the answer
to ignorance cancer

Anonymous said...

raising taxes on corporations will ONLY cut into the zillions of dividends paid out quarterly into

IRA s, 401-k s and the multitude of annuities, mutual funds, pension funds, etc...

so, raising taxes on Big Business won't hurt Big Business it will ultimately be a tax on the majority

who the hell can live on 1.1 to 0 % return on their nest-egg via T-bills

where IS any PLAN on either side ?

this IS NOT an NFL football game or maybe it is Millionaires (the players) against Billionaires (the owners)

oh well fun and games ...

I'll be watching the stock-market monday see if I can "bottom feed"

Miles said...

The main problem with the debt ceiling increase is that it has always passed with a clean vote in the past. That means any bargaining now is essentially hostage taking and should have been called out as such. The President could have stood firm for a clean vote, and I think he would have won a LOT of political clout taking that approach. He seems to want to bargain with the crazies.

JIm said...
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Anonymous said...

i'm very skeptical that this budget debate is a charade to conflate social security with the u.s. budget. no one in the media sitting around a table discussing this issue with the pols seems to want to utter the fact that social security is not part of the u.s. budget and that the only reason it doesn't have enough money to cover benifits is becausr the u.s. gov't took trillions of dollars out of it to pay for wars and gifts to the banksters

Anonymous said...

i'm very skeptical that this budget debate is a charade to conflate social security with the u.s. budget. no one in the media sitting around a table discussing this issue with the pols seems to want to utter the fact that social security is not part of the u.s. budget and that the only reason it doesn't have enough money to cover benifits is becausr the u.s. gov't took trillions of dollars out of it to pay for wars and gifts to the banksters