Class Warfare Blog

January 22, 2013

Yes, Yes, . . . and . . .

Yes, President Obama just delivered a liberal’s wet dream of an acceptance speech during his second inauguration celebrations. In it were a large number of progressive positions, enough to make even me smile.

And . . .

And in his first term, his Justice Department couldn’t bring itself to prosecute any of the myriad crooked bankers who brought down the economy. In his first term, the Patriot (sic) Act continued to erode our civil rights, with the giant federal computer center continuing on track to monitor every bit of electronic communication in the country, without warrants, of course.

All of the Bush era privacy breaches are still in place and President Obama is using that “Act” to justify drone strikes on foreign territory that have killed hundreds and hundreds of civilians. Those drone strikes are “clandestine” so we don’t even claim them, plus we do strikes as “favors” to our “partners.”

The power of corporations and the wealthy, the cause of our middle class decline and the cause of our distorted foreign policies, has not received one setback not of their own making. The banks “too big to fail” are even bigger. The Wall Street gamblers are still gambling, still with our money.

The monied elite are still calling all of the shots and no change or hope is on the horizon.

I do not want progressive plums dangled in front of me as a distraction to the fact that the power of the wealthy and corporations is unhindered.

Nice talk, Mr. President. I still await action.


  1. I believe there was a huge win in his first term which hasn’t been recorded: he kicked the shit out of the Koch brothers, and therefore Big Oil. Yes, i know, fracking has only increased US production and the rigs out in North Dakota now show up from space, but i think Big Oil still took a kick to the balls which’ll pave the way for more clean energy investment. It won’t be anywhere near enough, but it’ll be steps that might have been impossible if Roger Aisles, Dick Armey and the Kochs still controlled the Hill.


    Comment by john zande — January 22, 2013 @ 2:24 pm | Reply

    • You have noticed, I presume, that the price of gasoline is almost double what it was four years ago, and all it took was a few refineries to drop out of production for a while for “maintenance reasons.” And that no new refineries have been built in the last forty years because the current scheme is working so well, for Big Oil. I wonder what itt does for the bottom line when the thing you sell has it’s price doubled with the cost of production no mre than it was? Hmmm. Coal still runs the state of West Virginia, thumbing its nose at the judicuary and the federal government simultaneously. “green” energies are still struggling, etc.

      I don’t think Big Energy is hurting one little bit.


      Comment by stephenpruis — January 22, 2013 @ 2:34 pm | Reply

      • You’re right, they’re not “hurting”, but the transition off fossil fuels gathered a little speed (a little lubrication) in the US. Still, your petrol (gas) prices there are still unbelievably cheap compared to Europe or Australia.


        Comment by john zande — January 22, 2013 @ 2:38 pm | Reply

        • I agree whole heartedly. But one has to ask. The oil companies were making huge profits when the price of gas was 60% of what it is now in the U.S. So how much profit would they make if the prices were doubled again to make them similar to those around Europe? We have to have a world is ending moment to get the top income tax rate restored from 36% to 39%, I can’t see the Feds enacting a gas tax which doubles the price of gas to keep the money out of the pockets of Big Oil.

          It is taxes which makes the gas so dear, no?


          Comment by stephenpruis — January 22, 2013 @ 2:55 pm | Reply

      • I actually hope that the price of gas goes up to at least $5-$6/gallon and stays there. That would be the best incentive to advance renewables research and production since they will become competitive without the subsidies at that oil price, it will encourage Americans to buy more fuel efficient cars and/or drive less, so it will reduce pollution and the CO2 emissions. Yes, Big Oil will make tons of money, but in the long term they’ll only hurt themselves, and we’ll get rid of them faster and keep the planet cleaner.. And by the way, my commute to work is 50 miles one way.


        Comment by List of X — January 22, 2013 @ 10:34 pm | Reply

        • Basically I agree, I just hate seeing large windfall profits going to an industry with such a bad record.


          Comment by stephenpruis — January 23, 2013 @ 8:09 am | Reply

          • I would be willing tolerate short-term windfall profits for Big Oil if that means that we’ll get rid of them quicker.


            Comment by List of X — January 24, 2013 @ 11:08 pm | Reply

            • I hear you! And it isn’t just Big Oil, Big Energy in all of its manifestations opposes changes in the status quo. I think we are going to have to be very, very sneaky to get this one past them.


              Comment by stephenpruis — January 25, 2013 @ 8:02 am | Reply

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