August is traditionally the month for re-runs on television. We’re seeing a lot of re-runs of many earlier Big Pink articles this August – some from more than 2 years ago – before the voting even began in the then Democratic (pre Dimocratic) Primaries.
Some of the biggest and most respected “liberal” hornblowers for Obama are only now discovering the full ugliness which is Barack Obama and his Chicago Circus of Crime and Corruption.
Jane Hamsher at the ballyhooed Firedoglake is beginning to discover the treacheries of Obama:
You can see the fingerprints n the deals that they made: the $150 million PhRMA was spending on ads for health care reform, the $2.5 million they spent helping vulnerable freshmen, and the total fury that Boehner has unleashed on PhRMA and other stakeholders for making deals with the White House.
People make a mistake when they think the battle for health care reform is about ideology, because it’s not. It’s about who controls K Street and the cash that flows from it, which could fund a 2010 GOP resurgenece — or not.
Yup, it’s another Obama scam Jane, and those who elected him bear responsibility.
The GOP needs the money of PhRMA and other disgruntled businesses to fund its 2010 war chest. Just as it was during the bank bailout, the goal of the White House was clear: more important than saving the financial system was keeping the financial institutions happy and stop them from financing Republicans.
Who would think that way? Whose primary objective would be to keep anyone from funding a GOP ascendancy, to sell out health care reform worth billions for a hundred fifty million in pro-reform advertising? Who would think to ask PhRMA to run ads in the districts of vulnerable freshmen, as well as Blue Dog Mike Ross, who is anything BUT vulnerable? Certainly not some policy wonk.
But ask yourself — would consider it a victory to use the “public plan” as little more than a political pawn with which to threaten stakeholders and force them to stay at the table, with no thought as to the emotional and moral consequences suffered by the people who had pinned their hope on having one?
Jane blames the Jew, in this case Rahm Emanuel, instead of the real bête noire in the drama.
The White House never cared about getting Republican votes — it cared about keeping the Republicans from peeling off the dollars of stakeholders like PhRMA. Giving in to “Republican” demands was cover for writing shitty things into the bill that would keep the stakeholders happy. They didn’t need Republican votes, they never did, and they never truly cared. As long as the money stayed out of their campaign coffers, it was all good.
Blame the Jew Jane, but the corruption comes from Obama.
Glenn Greenwald, a generally good guy, is regurgitating earlier Big Pink articles too disguised as “news”.
Over the past decade, the Democratic Party has specialized in offering up one excuse after the next for its collective failures. During the early Bush years, the excuse was that they endorsed Bush policies because his popularity and post-9/11 hysteria made it politically unwise to oppose him. In later Bush years when his popularity plummeted, the excuse was that Democrats were in the minority and could do nothing. After 2006 when they won a Congressional majority, the excuse was that Bush still controlled the White House and had veto power. After 2008 when a Democrat won the White House, the excuse was that Republicans could filibuster.
Now that they have a filibuster-proof majority, a huge margin in the House and the White House, the excuses continue unabated, as Democrats are now on the verge of jettisoning one of the most significant attractions for progressives to the Obama campaign — active government involvement in the health insurance market. The excuses for “compromising” are cascading more rapidly than ever: We need Republican support to ensure it’s bipartisan. The Blue Dogs won’t go along with what we want. Centrist Senators will filibuster. There are similar excuses being made to defend Obama from accusations that he deserves some of the blame for the failure of the “public option.” Matt Yglesias makes the typical case for shielding Obama from any responsibility:
I think there’s something perverse in the very strong desire I see among liberals to make problems in congress be about anything other than congress. It’s just not in the power of Barack Obama to make the senate anything other than what it is.
I’m really surprised that there’s anyone, especially Matt, who actually believes this — that the Obama White House is merely an impotent, passive observer of what the Democrats in Congress do and can’t be expected to do anything to secure votes for approval of the health care bill it favors.
Greenwald finally gets to the crux of the hall of mirrors treacheries by Obama:
The attempt to attract GOP support was the pretext which Democrats used to compromise continuously and water down the bill. But — given the impossibility of achieving that goal — isn’t it fairly obvious that a desire for GOP support wasn’t really the reason the Democrats were constantly watering down their own bill? Given the White House’s central role in negotiating a secret deal with the pharmaceutical industry, its betrayal of Obama’s clear promise to conduct negotiations out in the open (on C-SPAN no less), Rahm’s protection of Blue Dogs and accompanying attacks on progressives, and the complete lack of any pressure exerted on allegedly obstructionists “centrists,” it seems rather clear that the bill has been watered down, and the “public option” jettisoned, because that’s the bill they want — this was the plan all along.
The Obama White House isn’t sitting impotently by while Democratic Senators shove a bad bill down its throat. This is the bill because this is the bill which Democratic leaders are happy to have. It’s the bill they believe in. As important, by giving the insurance and pharmaceutical industries most everything they want, it ensures that the GOP doesn’t become the repository for the largesse of those industries (and, converesly, that the Democratic Party retains that status).
These trumpeted epiphanies by the Greenwalds and the Hamshers and the rest of the Obama enablers are a pretext too. What’s left of the Dimocratic Left is trying to wash the responsibility for Obama from their hands. The hypocritical Dimocratic Left is busy in a Stalinist rewrite of history.
All those that thought we here at Big Pink were too harsh or too focused on “the negative” are now busy rewriting old Big Pink articles. Remember when we wrote about the fools who buy penis extension products? Remember our longest title ever? [Grand Unified Theory: The Obama Scams And The Dimocrat Scams Exposed (And Why You Can Ignore The Side Stories Like – Nancy Pelosi, Notre Dame, Torture, Gay Rights, The CIA, Wall Street, GM, Chrysler, Guantanamo, Cheney, Military Tribunals, FISA, Renditions, Abortion Rights, Universal Health Care, Swine Flu, Immigration, The Environment, Foreign Policy, The Economy, Inflation, Deflation, Unemployment, TARP, Credit Cards, Israel, Russia, China, Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Debt, Deficits, and The Supreme Court)] Excerpts from that earlier article which only now the “brains” of the Dimocratic Left are discovering:
The Extenz boys are not alone in their embarrassment. As we have written repeatedly, after the nomination was gifted to Obama by Dean/Pelosi/Brazile/Kennedy/Kerry, and the big electoral choices for most Americans became Obama and McCain, we wanted the Dimocrats to have uncontrolled power over the national government.
We wanted that because Americans need to see how nakedly corrupt the Obama Dimocratic Party is and how they only care about themselves. We understood that for Americans to see the thorough corruption that the once great Democratic Party has decayed into there could be no excuses – the Dimocrats needed to have undisputed, uncontrolled power. Like those Extenz users, the voters had to experience the ineffective flaccid crew they had just elected.
Supermajorities? We laughed at the transparent fakeness of it all:
After decades of saying they needed undisputed control of the government before they could do what they promised now they are saying even the super-majority is not enough.
Recall after the 2006 elections when many thought that election meant no funding of the Iraq war? Didn’t happen. The reason given was “not enough votes”. Fair enough, there were not sufficient votes with George W. Bush in the White House. Now the Dimocrats have all the votes they ever wanted and still that is not enough.
We still think, as we wrote then that This Obama Dimocratic Party appears only willing to fight for themselves and the big offices and spoils which go to the majority
On May Day we wrote:
Why don’t the Dimocrats pass now what they have been promising for years? [snip]
We’ll ponder all the promises Democrats have made over the years – and how the Dimocrats in the White House and in Congress can, but won’t [hint: they rather have the issues still alive so they can continue to fundraise off controversy] fulfill all those long promised promises – on another day.
It was always about the money and career advancement for Barack Obama.
Why won’t the Dimocrats do what they have been saying they would do for decades? Because the fundraising must go on. The money must flow. The promises must be broken. [snip]
Money might then flow to opponents.
Dimocrats also understand that they didn’t really mean all that stuff they said – that was only meant for the gullible.
We’re very sorry to inform the Dimocratic Left that universal health care died in Denver close to a year ago. Jane and Glenn must have missed it when we wrote:
Hillary supporters who fought for Hillary as the best vehicle to get universal health care now oppose health care – who’da thunk it? How can it be explained? What’s going on here? How can this be?
Think of it this way: A hungry person gets two invitations for dinner. The first invitation is from Julia Child. The second invitation is from Jeffrey Dahmer.
With the first invitation from Julia Child (a.k.a. Hillary Clinton) the hungry person is sure to get a delicious nutritious dinner from an experienced and knowledgeable and trustworthy cook who knows the pitfalls of the kitchen. With the second invitation from Jeffrey Dahmer (a.k.a. Barack Obama) the hungry person will be on the table as the dinner.
Health care was/is issue #1 for Hillary supporters but we know, for all the publicity stunts and all the hoopla and bamboozlement, real health care reform died when Hillary was denied the Democratic nomination. Now the Dimocratic Left is republishing as new what was known to Hillary supporters long ago.
The response from the Dimocratic Left has been to denigrate those who were not sticking themselves with syringes loaded with death-dealing Hopium.
The valiant Gene Lyons is still making excuses for Obama but he has one bit of good advice for the Hopium addled:
For every dogmatic tough guy who’s channeling some talk-radio blowhard, there are many citizens who give every outward indication of being scared witless.
Video of a town hall meeting with Democratic House members at Arkansas Children’s Hospital showed protesters trembling with emotion. Writing in the Washington Post, historian Rick Perlstein (“Nixonland”) noticed the same thing: “The quiver on the lips of the man pushing the wheelchair, the crazed risk of carrying a pistol around a president – too heartfelt to be an act.” [snip]
Too often, the Democratic response goes something like this: “The claims can be debunked a million times and it would make not one bit of difference to them. They hate President Obama, most of them are racists, and they are out to destroy him. They are irrational (barely) human beings with no conscience.”
Persuasive, don’t you think? [snip]
What’s needed, however, is a strong counter-narrative informing voters that they’re being had: conned, tricked and manipulated by, yes, New York, Washington and Hollywood “media elites” who lie for money. Vulgar? You bet. It’s called “populism,” and it once dominated the very states where talk-radio bombast now holds sway.
No, the argument can’t be won overnight. On the other hand, it can’t be won at all by calling people stupid racists.
Someday Gene will realize that Americans are “conned, tricked and manipulated by, yes, New York, Washington and Hollywood “media elites” who lie for money” and that the master flim-flam con man who manipulates with the assistance of Big Media elites is Barack Obama and his Dimocratic Party.
No doubt Gene, and Jane and Glenn will attack the old liberal Nat Hentoff for writing that indeed there are “death panels” and in Hentoff’s words “I am finally scared of a White House administration.”
Writes old liberal Hentoff:
I was not intimidated during J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI hunt for reporters like me who criticized him. I railed against the Bush-Cheney war on the Bill of Rights without blinking. But now I am finally scared of a White House administration. President Obama’s desired health care reform intends that a federal board (similar to the British model) — as in the Center for Health Outcomes Research and Evaluation in a current Democratic bill — decides whether your quality of life, regardless of your political party, merits government-controlled funds to keep you alive. Watch for that life-decider in the final bill. It’s already in the stimulus bill signed into law. [snip]
No matter what Congress does when it returns from its recess, rationing is a basic part of Obama’s eventual master health care plan. Here is what Obama said in an April 28 New York Times interview (quoted in Washington Times July 9 editorial) in which he describes a government end-of-life services guide for the citizenry as we get to a certain age, or are in a certain grave condition. Our government will undertake, he says, a “very difficult democratic conversation” about how “the chronically ill and those toward the end of their lives are accounting for potentially 80 percent of the total health care” costs.
This end-of-life consultation has been stripped from the Senate Finance Committee bill because of democracy-in-action town-hall outcries but remains in three House bills.[snip]
Condemning the furor at town-hall meetings around the country as “un-American,” Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are blind to truly participatory democracy — as many individual Americans believe they are fighting, quite literally, for their lives.
Liberal hero Greg Palast comes in too late to the fight. Air America, whose “liberal” hosts attacked and slashed at Hillary with obscenities now are uncomfortable with Barack Obama and his Chicago Circus of Crime and Corruption. RedDragon62 got the video:
“It makes me puke that we have just been Cheneyed by a guy named Barack Obama!”
We started writing about the Barack Obama Chicago Circus of Crime and Corruption more than two years ago, alone and criticized for not being “nice”. For the Janes, and Glenns, and Gregs, and Hentoff’s to catch on to reality this late in the fight is more than a shame.
It’s not about who wrote what first however. What matters is that Americans must find out that when you lift the rock, you find Obama.