Friday, September 9, 2011

obama's speech: an exercise in obviousness

it's said that in his speech on jobs last night, obama suggested that the only way our nation's partisan differences will be resolved is at the ballot box. still, he stuck to the washington script of bipartisanship for the good of the country, and was acknowledged in ways similar to this:
Strong words from a weak president - Roger Simon - "
Another day, another speech. A speech that promised more speeches. And so Barack Obama, who once soared on the wings of hope, now plods on the leaden feet of reality.

“We can stop the political circus and actually do something to help the economy,” the president said in a speech to a joint session of Congress Thursday evening."
the cynicism is quite naturally deserved, as no informed observer of the scene expects anything to come of the speech or any of the other theatrics in DC in the months to come.

"stimulus", such as it is styled these days, will be DOA, derided as "more of the same," following the tepid, tax-cut-laden effort enacted in 2009 -- proof that half a loaf can discredit the idea of going for the whole thing.

the GOP, for its part, continues to advocate for the same failed recipe of tax cuts for the "job creators," as swelling corporate profits fail to trickle down to the workers. to top it off, there's the ever-present bugaboo of "regulation," which has been so effective so far in allowing the banksters to trash the economy -- while basking in bonuses and bailouts.

in fact, no one expects obama to advocate very much for his proposals, nor that the GOP will prove obliging in the enactment of any measures that would improve the economy for workers. it's just not in our politicians' DNA to fight for the little guy.

so we'll continue with the theatrics while the economy languishes. is this the death spiral the doom-and-gloom crowd says it is? i'm not saying either way.

it's just not a recipe for what's ailing those of us who work for a living.

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