By Jack Jodell, Apr. 8, 2012

President Obama delivered a long overdue, very much deserved tongue-lashing to the House Republicans last week, and I agreed with every word he said. He rightfully accused them of  fostering economic inequality, and said their current budget plan was “so far to the right it makes the [1994 Newt Gingrich] ‘Contract With America’ look like the New Deal!” Obama continued, “It is thinly-veiled Social Darwinism… antithetical to our entire history as a land of opportunity and upward mobility for everyone who’s willing to work for it – a place where prosperity doesn’t just trickle down from the top, but grows outward from the heart of the middle class.” Attaway, Mr. President!

It was the strongest statement yet by the President against the Teapublican caucus, and was also aimed at their sympathizer-in-chief, presidential wannabe and uber-millionaire Mitt Romney. You know – the Mitt Romney who “likes to fire people” and says that “corporations are people.” For Romney, the opportunist former-moderate, has suddenly turned ultra-conservative this election cycle, and has hurriedly  endorsed this draconian measure because he smelled a Republican vote in doing so. This is a man devoid of all character and pribciple, save for his own personal profit and political advancement.

Romney applauds drastic cuts in entitlement programs which benefit needy people. He doesn’t care how many holes are put into our social safety net, nor even if it is cut to shreds. Neither do House Speaker John Boehner nor House Majority Leader (until the next election, that is) Eric Cantor. All they care about is protecting billionaires from ANY possible tax increases and chopping overall spending, except on defense, Obama pointed out correctly that this budget would gut the very things that are needed to grow an economy: education and training; research and development; and infrastructure. He called this monstrosity “a prescription for decline.” He then went on to say that “one of my potential opponebts, Gov. Romney, has said that he hoped a similar version of this plan would be introduced on day one of his presidency…he said that he’s very supportive of this new budget and even called it marvelous, which is a word you don’t often hear  when  it comes to describing a budget.”

This “marvelous” and “new” plan is actually neither, as it is merely the resurrection of the horrible brainchild plan of Rep. Paul Ryan that was previously submitted and roundly rejected last year.  You rememer – THE Paul Ryan, the guy with the 1920s haircut, 1920s ideas, and the one who wants to end Social Security (despite the fact that it was Social Security Survivor’s benefits which helped him to get his college education)! Ryan, now a millionaire (of course – who BUT a millionaire could come up with such a disgusting budget?) was quick to accuse Obama of making a politically-motivated speech rather than dealing with our mounting debt.  “History will not be kind to a president who, when it came time to confront our generation’s defining challenge, chose to duck and run,” said Ryan. “Defining challenge” indeed! Ryan, typical reactionary Republican that he is, has both his facts AND his priorities all screwed up! For it is the ever-rising disparity in wealth, NOT the budget deficit, which is our REAL “defining challenge” today!  And it is the outright refusal of hard core ideologues like himself which has kept the richest 1% from receiving a tax inxrease to tax them THEIR FAIR SHARE, which has ADDED to this budget deficit! Both Romney and Ryan hve accused the President of being “out of touch” with the average American. Romney has even been galavanting around insinuating that high gas prices are Obama’s fault! What a load of hot air! For it has been the hands-pff economic approach so favored by modern Republicans tht has allowed irresponsible Wall Street speculation to flourish and drive prices (but not workers’ wages) ever-skyward! Not only that, but Romney, who has never known a hungry night his entire life, or Ryan, who wants to ditch Social Security now that it has already benefitted HIM, are the ones who are truly “out of touch!” In reality, it has been these Republicans – Romney and Ryan, Boehner and Cantor, McConnell and all the rest of them, who are completely out of touch with the wants and needs of the American public at large!

This November , we will be faced with a clear choice: to vote for the party of reaction, which means to choose old-fashioned, backward, for-the-rich-only politicians; to sit at home and do nothing, thereby allowing Romney and his far, far-right GOP 1%ers to sweep to power and wreak complete havoc on the rest of us; or to vote for progressives who really care about the MAJORITY 99% that are not rich and will work to preserve the great things we have achieved so far, while battling for good-paying jobs and a more equitable society in the long run.

I know the route I’ll be taking this election. Do YOU?

About jackjodell53

I am an American Dissident trapped in a country where poor and middle class people are constantly being exploited and lied to by a very rigid and conservative plutocratic elite. I believe in government OF, FOR, and BY the people, not one controlled as it now is by corporations and special interests.
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  1. jerrycritter says:

    The route is clear and I believe it is the route that the majority of voters will choose. Which do you want? The direction we went between 2004 and 2008, or the direction we have come between 2009 and now? That is the choice!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Speaking for myself, and, I believe, the majority bof voters, my choice is definitely the latter. For Obama, while he has been disappointing a lot through his first term, is infinitely more preferable to anything the reactionary, pro-corporate and anti-worker Republican Party has yet put up! As far as I’m concerned, the current Republicans are on par with what the 19th century Whigs would be in today’s America, and, just like the Whigs, they would do the country a huge favor by simply disappearing altogether! After all, it is impossible to move forward by continually marching backward!

  2. Obama made a good statement. I hope he will make many more like it. He needs to hit the nail on the head that way from now until November. Subtleties won’t get the job done.

    One thing I wish he would’ve pointed out in that statement is that the greatest single determinant of whether someone will make millions or billions as an adult is having been born into a wealthy family. It’s not high IQ, inventiveness, willingness and ability to work hard. It’s all the advantages, connections and money that come with being born into a wealthy family. Sure, some people who weren’t born into wealth manage to amass wealth as adults. But the ratio of those born to wealth compared to those not born to wealth doing it has changed steadily and dramatically over the past half century, with fewer of the nonwealthy breaking through each decade.

    That’s especially important to point out because it’s an indicator of a trend making harder and harder for others to simply do better than their parents and grandparents did, short of attaining great wealth. It’s important for Obama and Democrats generally to point out because everything Republicans are trying to do will intensify the concentration of wealth in fewer hands percentagewise, and make it ever harder for the rest to even maintain a middle class existence.

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Thank you for that excellent comment—you took the words right out of my mouth! This greedy behavior by the upper income and their Republican and blue dog Democrat apologists is the main reason I have become an American Dissident!

  3. Hello Jack,
    I am glad to see the President has quit playing the part of victim to the “Indignant Ranting Right” and turned his bully pulpit “BIG GUNS” towards them. Citizens will have much more respect for him. When the light of day scrutiny is directed towards their misinformation rhetoric, they run and hide like the rats and cockroaches they really are.

    Like the advice that President Harry Truman told the Democrats in the late 1940’s, if the citizens of the United States have a choice of a Republican or a Democratic sounding like a Republican, they will vote for the Republican every time.

    The lesson here is as the slated representatives to the Working Middle Class, the Democrats need to stand up on their hind legs and confront, attack, and correct the misleading lies that the Republicans have been propagating for too long. Hit them HARD, hit them FAST, and Hit them OFTEN. The time is to start NOW!!!

    • jackjodell53 says:

      Hello, Engineer of Knowledge!
      How very correct you are, especially considering the despicable Karl Rove and his dirty PAC American Crossroads is poised to launch a $200 MILLION campaign of lies and smears to defeat the President and other Democrats. We’ve had a belly full of Rovian bullshit, and we don’t need any more of it! I loved that Truman quip – how true it is!

    • So true. I’ve been saying the same thing since February 2009. As with so many things, Truman was exactly right about that. The other thing I like to point out is that in this time of lockstep-marching Republicans who dare not wander off the straight and narrow path set out for them by the most extreme elements of their party, Democrats can’t afford to be all over the lot any more. They don’t always have to march in lockstep, but they do need more discipline if they’re ever to be competitive in elections and accomplish anything in office.

      • jackjodell53 says:

        As in so many other areas, the Repubs have carried this lovkstep-marching to an extreme, and it will cost them dearly this November. The American voter is fed up with obstruction, stalling, inaction, and propaganda. Now, more than ever, is the time for the Dems to start acting like Dems!

  4. Tom Harper says:

    I also thought that was a great speech by Obama. “Social Darwinism” — “makes Newt Gingrich’s Contract With America look like the New Deal” — POW! I’m glad he’s finally taking the gloves off.

  5. JollyRoger says:

    I think the President really thought that he could find a way to reach the Klanservative Klanbagging Kochsuckers, and thus went against (by all appearances) his own instincts a few times.

    He may have finally figured out that they will never see him as anything but a n____r, and that they are a lost cause who make up less and less of America every day. The hell with them; do what is right for the country, and go forward based solely on that.

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