Från valrörelsen som valde Obama, speciellt slutklämmen är intressant sett ur dagens perspektiv.
AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer (now President) Richard Trumka

On February 6, 2009 Mr. Trumka was appointed to The White House Economic Recovery Advisory Board, to be chaired by former Federal Reserve chairman Paul A. Volcker.

Från aktuell valrörelse till kongressen:
Obama Press Conference on the Economy: An Exercise in Demagogy and Lies
President Barack Obama used his White House press conference Friday to continue his pre-election efforts to portray his pro-Wall Street economic policies as a boon to ordinary Americans and a radical departure from the policies of the Bush administration.

The news conference, the first since May, topped off a week of demagogy and shameless lying that began with a Labor Day speech in Milwaukee and continued with a Wednesday speech on the economy in Cleveland.
Obama and his handlers have evidently decided that the best way to confront rising anger over the administration’s refusal to provide jobs or serious relief for the unemployed is to use the Big Lie technique—presenting pro-corporate policies as their opposite, touting deepening crisis as “recovery,” and citing the reactionary nostrums of the Republicans to justify the White House’s own right-wing program.

The assumption that underlies this cynical public relations campaign is that the American people are infinitely gullible and suffer from collective amnesia.
One can only wonder whether Obama believes that the American people have forgotten the actual record of his administration: his multi-trillion-dollar bailout of Wall Street, his intervention to block legislation limiting bankers’ pay, his insistence that newly hired General Motors and Chrysler workers’ pay be cut in half, his refusal to bail out bankrupt state and local governments, his rejection of any public works programs to actually create jobs, his health care “reform” that slashes hundreds of billions of dollars from Medicare and rations services to working people, his attacks on teachers and public schools in the name of education “reform,” his banking “reform” that strengthens the grip of the biggest Wall Street firms and sanctions the forms of swindling that led to the crash, and his efforts to run interference for the corporate criminal BP.
The most revealing moment in the press conference came in an exchange with reporter April Ryan, who asked: “On the economy, could you discuss your efforts at reviewing history as it relates to the poverty agenda, meaning LBJ and Dr. King?”

Obama responded by ruling out any government anti-poverty programs. ...

Intressant är att reportern tog upp Vietnamkrigaren LBJ, senaste presidenten som kunde kallas för progressiv när det gäller inrikespolitik. Den pragmatiske politikern som lock, pock och hot drev igenom sin vilja, han lär ha rekord i att ha drivit igenom reformförslag. 60 % av de som idag studerar på högre utbildning gör det med hjälp av reformprogram som LBJ införde. Det finns en rad andra reformprogram som fick genomgripande genomslag för fattigt folk, medicare och medicaid mm. Han minskade fattigdomen från över 20% till 12% under sin period, har jag för mig det var. Han satt bara en period förutom tiden han tog över efter Kennedy, han ställde inte upp till omval pga sjukdom.

That $50 Billion Infrastructure Plan
Obama’s Thatcherite Gift to the Banks
I can smell the newest giveaway looming a mile off. The Wall Street bailout, health-insurance giveaway and support of real estate prices rather than mortgage-debt write-downs were bad enough, not to mention the Oil War’s Afghan extension. But now comes a topper: the $50 billion transportation infrastructure plan that Obama proposed in Milwaukee – cynically enough, on Labor Day.
It looks like the Thatcherite Public-Private Partnership, Britain’s notorious giveaway to the City of London underwriters. The financial giveaway had the effect of increasing prices for basic infrastructure services by building in heavy financial fees – guaranteed for the banks, who lent the money that banks and property owners used to pay in taxes in more progressive times.
Hollywood surely has made enough movies along these faux-populist lines. The banker of a Western town manages to grab property along the railroad tracks coming through, to make a killing. The local mobster pays off a state legislator to build a highway by his property, making his land much more valuable. Mortgages will be refinanced in much larger sums. At least, this seems to be President Obama’s hope as he positions himself to become America’s Tony Blair.

The role of Britain’s New Labor, after all, was to ram through economic programs so far to the right than no Conservative government could get away with them. In the United States it falls to Obama’s New Democrats to shepherd through proposals that Democrats would vote down if the Bush-Cheney Republicans had tried to enact them.
The cover story is always that giveaways to the wealthy are needed to employ labor. (“Wall Street creates jobs.”) The Democratic excuse these days is that the economy won’t work without providing financial investors with “incentives.”
But if there was so much money for bailouts, why is there any need to finance the fairly modest $50 billion transport initiative by borrowing instead of funding it out of the general budget?

There is no such need, of course. The program is simply an excuse for re-introducing Reaganomics as if the aim this time around is to “create jobs.” The way that Obama proposes to do this threatens to price American labor even further out of world markets, by raising the cost of getting to work, and of renting or going into debt to buy homes and offices near the new transportation hubs. ...


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