Firedoglake on the budget "compromise"
Source Louis Proyect
Date 11/04/09/13:40
Obama DemoPods Feed Tea-GOP Zombies, Keep Washington Monument Open
By: Scarecrow

YOU WOULD think that a sentient President of the United States would be
embarrassed, ashamed, and contrite after one of the more mindless and
destructive governmental performances in years. Nope. Not the President
who foolishly believes the federal government needs to tighten its belt
because he’s clueless about the difference between families and the
federal government. Has there ever been a Democratic President more
befuddled about what leadership requires?

Having locked his own DemaPod Party into voting to slash $38 billion for
their own programs, Mr. Obama didn’t apologize. Instead he thought it
was a moment to make another speech urging you to visit the Washington
Monument, as though he were George Bush telling you to visit Disneyland.
Why anyone would want to watch this spectacle of a government and party
betraying their followers and making fools of themselves from the top of
the Washington Monument escapes me.

This President owes an explanation to the American people why, at a time
when the nation’s critical needs are going unmet at both the federal and
state levels, when 50 million people are without health insurance,
record numbers in poverty, 14 million people are unemployed — millions
for more than a year — and Governors are balancing their budgets on the
backs of teachers, firemen, police, health and safety workers, etc, he
thinks the right policy is to slash federal spending. Wrong, stupid,
cruel, mindless. In short, a mistake.

The final vote was in favor of this travesty was overwhelming,
indicating the degree to which Pods and Zombies not control our
government. Worse, Obama and the DemaPods foolishly maneuvered
themselves into providing more than enough votes for the “largest
spending cuts” in our history just so the 40 or so craziest Tea-GOP
zombies could vote still “no.”

That neat trick means the Tea-GOP zombies can avoid responsibility for
the dirty work the Obama Pods just performed on their own base, but not
offend their own zombie base. Then they can come back in the next round,
only a month away to demand even more insane cuts than last night’s.

And if you care about the “leadership” imagery, John Boehner just made
Barack Obama look like a helpless fool. Boehner will get a few dumb
primary threats, but he’s got two more rounds of this to buy off the
Zombies and he’s perfectly positioned for that. Worse, Boehner will
receive kudos from the Village for getting more than he first demanded
and more than he ever expected, at zero cost to his party, while getting
credit for being what passes for an “adult” in our nation’s capitol.
Gosh, he’s not at all like the Zombies whose agenda he just furthered.

“Compromise” is what the polls said Democratic voters wants, but where
is the compromise? Repeal tax breaks on the rich? Make GE pay its share
of taxes? Tax the banksters for their casino games? Never even
considered. Instead, the “compromise” consisted of the DemaPods giving
the Tea-GOP Zombies 2/3 of what they demanded in this hostage taking,
instead of 3/3. But the Zombies still hold the hostages, because this
will all replay on the debt limit debate a month from now.

You really must wonder how many real people becoming DemaPods it will
take before a real human Democrat wakes up and realizes that Barack
Obama is destroying the Party and hurting the country, and to stand up
and say, “enough! I won’t let you lead us over the cliff again.”

The human casualty lists are in the New York Times.

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