I’ve been looking around the intertubes trying to find strong political positions that provide ideas or arguments that I find interesting and provocative. One has been Cenk Uygur whom I’ve seen on his “The Young Turks” internet show. He has been strong on explaining and coming out with “progressive” positions on several issues, particularly the war, the economy, and on Obama.
Here is a quote from a piece he wrote about Obama,
Can anyone name Obama's principles? Something he will not bend on? A progressive priority he will defend to the end?
Does Obama even think of himself as a progressive? He once pointed to a glass half-filled with water and told Sen. Bernie Sanders, "That's the problem with you progressives. You see this as half-empty." You progressives?
But does anyone think that the guy who hired Tim Geithner, Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, William Daley, Peter Orszag, Ben Bernanke, etc. is remotely progressive? If you looked throughout the whole country, could you find more conservative, establishment Democrats? Barely, if at all. And, of course, some of those guys aren't even Democrats.
But finally, it isn't just us on the "professional left" pointing this out. After yet another unconditional surrender in the debt ceiling talks, he's hit his tipping point. Just go talk to any group of liberals in the country and see if half of them aren't incredibly pissed off at him. I do it all the time and their whispers of discontent has grown into a cacophony.
In evaluating whether our health care reforms or the banking regulation law improvements are going to save us any money, or stop the corruption, Obama has to do more than just pass one by his American audience. That might be easy enough given we’re mushrooms…kept in the dark and fed on doo doo. But can he convince our creditors that we have been putting our house in order?
Can the United States get along without creditors? Can we continue to pay for things without any income?