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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 01:42 pm (UTC)
That site says he signed the financial reform bill but what it fails to mention is that the bill is full of loopholes and it didn't address the systemic issues with the financial industry. In other word, the bakers are back at doing what they did (thanks to the loopholes)... the things that led to the crash, the too big to fail banks have not been broken up and a lot of economists are predicting that the great recession was just the tip of the iceberg.

If I was an American, I would have voted for Obama. I would have volunteered in whatever grassroots movement to promote during his electoral campaign.

That said, the evidence that he is bought by the banks is overwhelming and all those bills he signed were practically written by lobbyists. They are a joke. I am saddened by hard line democrats who refuse to see the harsh facts when it is their side that's doing the backroom dealing.


George R.R. Martin
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