[lbo-talk] Obama and the Progressive Caucus

Chuck Grimes 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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