[lbo-talk] Obama and the Progressive Caucus
c123grimes at att.net
Tue Aug 2 13:09:43 PDT 2011
``Tension filled the room when Caucus Chair Karen Bernal read out the
resolution. It included sharp criticism of Obama's willingness to sell out
the liberal agenda, including the "unilateral closed-door budget offer to
slash Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, thus endangering the New Deal
and War on Poverty safety nets," and his "willingness to extend the Bush tax
cuts for millionaires and bail out big banks withoutending the foreclosure
crisis that displaces American working families." Obama's signature policy
initiatives were not spared in the resolution, including the "health
insurance bill that enriches private insurance companies while ignoring
growing support for single-payer health care or robust public options."
Anger at the foreign policy of the Obama administration (including "illegal
secret CIA drone attacks and unauthorized wars") came alongside frustration
at the continued assault on civil liberties (Patriot Act, FBI raids of
anti-war progressives). The list goes on and on. No daylight separates these
criticisms and those that are published at Counterpunch...''
This is a pretty interesting essay. It reports on a meeting of Progressive
and some of the Black caucus July 30.
And for those who can stand Amy Goodman, this was pretty good summary of the
economic state we're in. It's an interview with William Hartung on the
economy and ridiculus recession, and Michael Hudson on the military budget.
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