Cross post from LA Progressive.
"...Now, in 2011, things are a little different. Main Street is hurting, and unemployment is high and seemingly intractable. Meanwhile, as poor and working people struggle and fail to keep their necks above water, Wall Street and the corporate elites never had it so good.
Profits are at a record high, and the gap between the richest of Americans and the rest of us is higher than at any time since the first Great Depression.
In the midst of this, the current administration has lacked the backbone, the heart and the intestinal fortitude to fight for ordinary folks. There have been some successes for progressives over the past few years, to be sure, but sprinkled among a larger host of disappointments and missed opportunities. The President made no attempts at a public option or single payer health insurance system, opting instead for a watered-down compromise plan that has proven itself as a giveaway to corporate interests.
He extended the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest people in this nation, and embraces budget cuts that support the fraudulent Republican narrative of austerity and trickle-down economics. The Bush military policies continue, as does the practice of rendition and detaining terror suspects at Guantanamo.
And when the President goes to the bargaining table to negotiate with the Republicans, he gives away the store right away and asks for nothing in return. Democrats, progressives and other Obama supporters are shaking their heads in disbelief. Where is the fighting spirit, the will to work hard for our values?"
My own view coincides strongly with the above hard core left take on Obama and his minions. Slick advertising, strong social media will not make up for the lack of results for the people who expected so much when they cast their votes in 2008.
I am one of them. I vote every election, but many of the voters who put Obama into the nomination of this party do not.
And they will not show up at the polls in November 2012, if he does not come out swinging on the issues that matter like the economy and the national defense, or a reduction thereof, in the next 6 to 8 months.
Time is fast running out, President Obama.