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Obama's team of zombies-Washington is still a one-party town: Thieves
Salon ^ | February 7, 2009 | David Sirota

Posted on 02/06/2009 6:17:59 PM PST by 2ndDivisionVet

Only weeks ago, the political world was buzzing about a "team of rivals." America was told that finally, after years of yes men running the government, we were getting a president who would follow Abraham Lincoln’s lead, fill his administration with varying viewpoints, and glean empirically sound policy from the clash of ideas. Little did we know that "team of rivals" was what George Orwell calls "newspeak": an empty slogan "claiming that black is white, in contradiction of the plain facts."

Obama's national security team, for instance, includes not a single Iraq war opponent. The president has not only retained George W. Bush's defense secretary, Robert Gates, but also 150 other Bush Pentagon appointees. The only "rivalry" is between those who back increasing the already bloated defense budget by an absurd amount and those who aim to boost it by a ludicrous amount.

Of course, that lockstep uniformity pales in comparison to the White House's economic team -- a squad of corporate lackeys disguised as public servants.

At the top is Lawrence Summers, the director of Obama's National Economic Council. As Bill Clinton's treasury secretary in the late 1990s, Summers worked with his deputy, Tim Geithner (now Obama's treasury secretary), and Clinton aide Rahm Emanuel (now Obama's chief of staff) to champion job-killing trade deals and deregulation that Obama Commerce Secretary Judd Gregg helped shepherd through Congress as a Republican senator. Now, this pinstriped band of brothers is proposing a "cash for trash" scheme that would force the public to guarantee the financial industry's bad loans. It's another ploy "to hand taxpayer dollars to the banks through a variety of complex mechanisms," says economist Dean Baker -- and noticeably absent is anything even resembling a "rival" voice inside the White House.

That's not an oversight. From former federal officials like Robert Reich and Brooksley Born, to Nobel Prize-winning economists like Joseph Stiglitz and Paul Krugman, to business leaders like Leo Hindery, there's no shortage of qualified experts who have challenged market fundamentalism. But they have been barred from an administration focused on ideological purity.

In Hindery's case, the blacklisting was explicit. Despite this venture capitalist establishing a well-respected think tank and serving as a top economic advisor to Obama's campaign, the Politico reports that "Obama's aides appear never to have taken his bid (for an administration post) seriously." Why? Because he "set himself up in opposition" to Wall Street's agenda.

The anecdote highlights how, regardless of election hoopla, Washington is the same one-party town it always has been -- controlled not by Democrats or Republicans, but by Kleptocrats (i.e., thieves). Their ties to money make them the undead zombies in the slash-and-burn horror flick that is American politics: No matter how many times their discredited theologies are stabbed, torched and shot down by verifiable failure, their careers cannot be killed. Somehow, these political immortals are allowed to mindlessly lunge forward, never answering to rivals -- even if that rival is the president himself.

Remember, while Obama said he wants to slash "billions of dollars in wasteful spending" at the Pentagon, his national security team is demanding a $40 billion increase in defense spending (evidently, the "ludicrous" faction got its way). Obama also said he wants to crack down on the financial industry, strengthen laws encouraging the government to purchase American goods, and transform trade policy. Yet, his economic team is not just promising to support more bank bailouts, but also to weaken "Buy America" statutes and make sure new legislation "doesn't signal a change in our overall stance on trade," according to the president’s spokesman.

Indeed, if an authentic “rivalry” was going to erupt, it would have been between Obama's promises and his team of zombies. Unfortunately, the latter seems to have won before the competition even started.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; agenda; bailout; bho2009; bho44; bhostimulus; looters; obama; porkulus; recession; salon; teamofrivals; wallstreet
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To: Nick Danger

Oh no, Sirota is a liberal in good standing. He posts over at Daily Kos and everything, although recently, the Kommies flamed him terribly for something (I didn’t read exactly what, I just saw the flame war when I searched comments).

Stuff like this Sirota article is valuable ammunition when you’re talking to liberals (if you must). You can quote the Cato Institute until you’re blue in the face, and they’ll just tune it out, but if you say, “Well, David Sirota says...” you get their attention.

I turned a BUNCH of liberals against the Shamnesty bill by pointing out the objections raised by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Whatever you or I might think of the positions of the SPLC, they are super popular with liberals. So, by citing their positions, I was able to convince these liberals to join in the opposition to the Shamnesty bill.

I’ve already mailed a few of them the Sirota column, along with the numbers for their Senators.

21 posted on 02/07/2009 6:21:14 PM PST by Mr. Know It All
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To: reformedliberal

I tend to agree with you.

I’m trying to get folks’ attention with the drama stuff.

They are not feeling the pain yet.

If you don’t have an eye for what’s happening then indeed you wouldn’t be really ready to fight just yet.

If you are truly a reformed liberal then you see what I see: Americans are losing their country and their freedom and sleepwalking through the destruction.

The left has entropy (chaos) on their side. They have only to destroy—not to build. Their ideal “government” creates nothing—it merely steals from one human and delivers the bloody loot to another. A recipe for death as proved by the graves of millions of innocents that perished at the only possible end of that “good-hearted” idealogy.

The left claims to hate slavery and powerful rich people but seems to have a real taste for huge, opressive governments chock full of powerful rich politicians.

I’ll take the greedy CEO over the tax-greedy politician with an army and a gun to my head any day.

The “rich liberals” you mentioned are but pawns. These “useful idiots” will indeed be the first to experience great disillusionment and to defect. They will also be among the first strolled-out into an open field somewhere just outside of town by the real-deal left, if you get my meaning.

22 posted on 02/08/2009 12:55:19 AM PST by Boucheau
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