Monday, December 21, 2009


First, the President has been openly for single payer health insurance

So, instead of starting with "single payer," he descends to vague policy declarations, asks Congress to come up with a specific bill, while cutting private deals in meetings in the White House with drug industry and health insurance executives.

Second was also a supporter of Palestinian rights

Between election and inauguration, he proceeded to categorically back the illegal blockade and invasion of Gaza by Israel and did not object to the slaughter of 1400 Palestinians,

Third,talk about a reckless and greedy Wall Street is not paralleled with tough regulatory proposals.

He allowed, without working his will, the banks and Banking Committee Chairman, Barney Frank to produce a weakened regulatory bill that passed the House of Representatives.

Fourth, on labor and NAFTA
He has started nothing there and says nothing about this promise

Fifth, on climate change

Mr. Obama has bought into the cap and trade morass instead of a simpler, more enforceable carbon tax. His words on this subject are often well-spoken but his rhetoric is undermined by his inaction. His opponents in Congress and the corporate sector are strengthened as a consequence. leaves Copenhagen without a deal after outlining three steps-mitigation of greenhouse gases, openness of each country's progress or lack thereof, and a very modest financial commitment from the world's biggest polluter to help the more beleaguered countries with climate change. He hardly set an example for a government whose ownership and control of GM and Chrysler could transform automotive technology.

He must give visibility to their expectations of him, including access to many cabinet secretaries and regulatory agency heads who have been reluctant even to meet with civic leaders, unlike the open doors regularly available to the corporatists and their lobbyists.

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