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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.



Scott Rollen
Dec. 16th, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
The Balance of the Deal
Mr. Martin, as a left-leaning pragmatist, I have great respect for your opinion but I do think you somewhat overstate when you say "Give a lot, get almost nothing". I also think that the gut reaction by many on the left to this deal springs primarily from the lingering let down that came from the abrupt shift circumstances forced Obama to make from the soaring poetry of his campaign to gritty sausage making of governance. I feel he has shown considerable back-bone in his relentless but (unfortunately) uninspiring push to shift the long-term direction of this country. As for the question of who got what in this deal, please take a look at this: http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/79837/two-charts-explain-obamas-great-or-horrible-tax-deal . There is a viable argument to be made that (if the two year time table is held to) that the Republican's "victory" was mostly symbolic while the stuff that Obama got may be of real substance to those that need it most.


George R.R. Martin
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