Thursday, December 08, 2011
More on Obama at Osawatomie; also, Geithner in EuropePresident Obama's speech at Osawatomie Tuesday and the aftermath shows a typical Obama pattern. Lots of sensible and progressive-sounding phrases, which he pepper-sprays in the speech itself by talking bipartisan drivel, then followed by kicking the Democratic base in some way.
Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks of 12/07/2011 had a withering analysis of Obama's Osawatomie speech, focusing on the contrast between his progressive words and his often conservative, one-percenter policies.
This whiny nonsense about how, golly gee, the President just doesn't have much power to do stuff is not really compatable with an attempt to cast Obama as a ferocious advocate for the 99%. Here's White House spokesman Jay Carney doing a version of that routine:
Part of the Obama routine is to also say nice things that sound good to his Democratic base, then go out and whack the base in some way. We saw the same patte this week: Digby, Postpartisan depression: The Democrats join the War On Women Hullabaloo 12/07/2011; Charles Pierce, A Lesson for Kathleen Sebelius Regarding the Pill Esquire Politics Blog 12/07/2011.
Eric Rauchway (TR? Obama's more like Taft Politico 12/07/2011) takes issue with the White House's efforts to use his Tuesday speech to identify Obama with Republican Progressive President Theodore Roosevelt (though certainly not with John "Osawatomie" Brown!):
Obama could have been a Roosevelt. But an electorate eager for a White House scourging of Wall Street got, instead, an Oval Office cozy with the corner offices of lower Manhattan — exemplified by Peter Orszag’s slide from the director of the Office of Management and Budget to Citigroup.Rauchway also picks up on the self-pepper-spraying of Obama's Osawatomie speech:
Perhaps Obama should have been a Roosevelt — but not TR; the other one, the Democrat. Obama's speechwriters appear to know it, though he doesn’t say it. In Kansas Tuesday, the president said, “trickle down … didn’t work when it was tried in the decade before the Great Depression. It’s not what led to the incredible postwar booms of the ‘50s and ‘60s.”Meanwhile, Obama's Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner was in Europe, praising Italy and Spain for knuckling under to Germany's demands for self-destructive austerity economics during this depression. From Euronews 12/08/2011:
See also Reuters U.S. has great interest in strengthening euro zone: Geithner 12/08/2011. A euro collapse would take down some large European banks, if they don't go down first, in turn exacerbating the eruozone crisis in Europe by their collapse.
But the Obama Administration prescription for Europe is to keep bleeding the patient with austerity economics. The Obama Administration is very aware that a European financial system crisis - which is unfolding already - could have huge negative effects on the US economy. Speaking of which, here a quick report on the state of European banks from Reuters:
Yet the Obama Administration's program for Europe is the same as it is for the US: austerity economics:
"The world can be encouraged by the progress of the last few weeks," Geithner told a press briefing in Milan.The Obama Administration is committed to austerity economics. And it has clearly been self-destructive in Europe as well as the United States. Promoting more of it for Europe just increases the chances that the European problems will spread to the US during the 2012 election year. Heckuva job, Tim!
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