Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Relapolitik as Usual

I got an email from info@barackobama.com a couple of weeks ago. It began:
Last year, millions of Americans came together for a great purpose.

What followed was an appeal for a donation to support the president's health care proposals...
...
To prevail, we must once more build a coast-to-coast operation ready to knock on doors, deploy volunteers, get out the facts, and show the world how real change happens in America.
Sincerely,
President Barack Obama
So what real change has happened? On the plus side we have a new female Supreme Court nominee that is accused of racism by frightened Republicans. There is a new tone in our foreign policy and rhetoric about science, and perhaps a little more openness in government, although the ACLU is now going after the Obama administation on issue like torture, due process and freedom of information.
The stimulis plan might be a plus, if the money isn't wasted on corruption or incompetence. Other than that, what I see is Bush Lite. Same Secretary of Defense, similar policies in the Middle East, similar cozy relationship with Wall Street, and NO SINGLE PAYER HEALTH CARE on the table.
I'm still relieved that Obama won and the Democrats at last have 60 votes in the Senate, but have been underwhelmed so far. Who knows, maybe in 2012 we'll have a 4 party race for the Presidency.

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