Thursday, June 23, 2011

Obama's Pulling Out!

Obama's Pulling Out!

So Obama took to the airwaves yesterday to announce some sort of news of us pulling out of Afghanistan.

But it was more like when you're with that hot girl you're with and you sort of work your way to just have sort-of-sex and say something along the lines of "Just the tip". Yeah, that's how much we're pulling out. Because really, Obama's announcement that we're pulling out 10,000 troops from Afghanistan is just stupid.

Mainly because Obama added somewhere between 50k and 70k worth of troops to Afghanistan since his becomig President. So this "drawdown" doesn't mean shit really. But since Petraeus only wanted a couple to withdrawn, Obama's now acting bold and decisvely against MIC.

I simply can't wait for the "Bringing our boys home" campaign ads. I can hear the music swelling already. Of course those troops will just be marching into Pokystan soon, so it's not like it matters anyway.

Hell, did you even listen to that speech? The Prez pretty much made it sound like it was alright to just bomb the shit out of brown people in Libya simply because it's not considered a war. To him, the moment we put troops on the ground then we're in war. But we can avoid that by simply bombing the shit out of them.

He also added some talking points that by 2014, Afghanistan will be responsible for themselves. So they'll have to find a way to bomb their own brown people by then, I guess.

Let's look over the list of goals for this Obama presidency for the people.

1) Full Employment
2) Medicare for All
3) Civil Rights/Human Rights/Civil Liberties
4) Fair Trade

5) End the Wars Now

6) Environmental Stewardship
7) Campaign Finance Reform
8) Regulate of the Constitutional Rights of Corporations
9) Peace
10) Living Wage / A Real Social Safety Net (tie)

A committee is now at work, relating these platform points to the existing platforms of other Progressive groups, some members of which sit on the NPA Steering Committee. It's sad that these used to be the basis for the democratic party's platform and now they are considered "far left" goals...

Now that I mention it, is there any economic metric by which Americans are better off now than they were right before Obama started presidenting? Aside from the one-percenters, I mean. Because all it seems to be is a case where these are in:

* more foreclosures than any time since the depression
* black U-3 rate higher than overall U-6 for the first time ever
* more Americans on food stamps than at any other point in history
* record early withdrawals from retirement savings, in spite of the tax penalty
* 85 percent of new grads moving back in with 'rents
* record number of people priced out of health insurance
* record low prosecution rate for white-collar crime

And it's not just economic stuff. He's got a worse record than Bush on civil liberties, military expansionism, prosecuting whistleblowers, and non-transparency. Even though his platform was for more government transparency, oddly enough. I honestly can't think of one metric, offhand, by which Americans are better off than they were with Bush. And to me that is really really sad.

How about the field of education and how far it will take you...
NEW YORK ( -- Getting a degree used to be a stepping stone to limitless career opportunities. Now it's more of a hiatus from living under your parents' roof.

Stubbornly high unemployment -- nearly 15% for those ages 20-24 -- has made finding a job nearly impossible. And without a job, there's nowhere for these young adults to go but back to their old bedrooms, curfews and chore charts. Meet the boomerangers.

"This recession has hit young adults particularly hard," according to Rich Morin, senior editor at the Pew Research Center in DC.

So hard that a whopping 85% of college seniors planned to move back home with their parents after graduation last May, according to a poll by Twentysomething Inc., a marketing and research firm based in Philadelphia. That rate has steadily risen from 67% in 2006.

Ha! You have to laugh at working without health benefits, as that seems like the damn norm these days. Not to mention boo freakin' hoo. Little lord fauntleroy with his MFA in creative writing ahd to take a job at Lady Foot Locker back at home where the jock who beat him up after 4th period geometry during Junior year is now his assistant manager.

What are you going to do about it anyway? Besides vote for Obama in 2012 with a little less enthusiasm. It's not like you're going to vote 3rd party or anything. But if you were, it has to be a lot better than not voting at all. Because at least the third party egts subsequent access to funding and ballot placement from your votes towards them.

Or you could be like me and write in Nader. Because it's really the only thing that pisses off democrats more than voting republican.

Obama makes, essentially, the greatest Republican ever. Just look at how every speech he uses the fake dichotomy of "those on the left say... those on the right say" even though solid majorities of voters of all stripes are saying to get the fuck out of that shit hole pointless war already.

But then again, maybe I should feel torn about all this. If there is a pull out, there will be fewer troops on the ground to kill, but fewer troops to do the killing as well.

But hey, when the car's already in the ditch, you don't put it in reverse, you just put it into drive! Am I right? There was an old dem outfit polled that in-the-ditch metaphor was pretty silly, in it, it came in dead last for effective messaging but Obama went on to use it in every 2010 fundraising event from them on.

Shit like "Stay the course", "Can't change horses mid race", "Don't rock the boat" and "We can't change presidents in a middle of a.... WAR!" all scream as solutions to get another term as fucking president of this shit hole country.

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