Quote drc2:klb, thanks for an intelligent post delivered with a minimum of hyperbole, but still, what you say you want was shot down by the Righties in Congress more than by Obama or the Dems. That he caved so fast to find a 'bipartisan' unifying "purple haze" solution to the divided America is where I think he misses the moment and what is really wrong. But, when he ran, a lot of Americans were looking for "bring us together" rather than put the banksters and warmongers in jail.
Were than a loyal opposition party instead of the partisan hacks of Neocon Nonsense on the Right, Obama's approach could have brought together the sane to do some sensible things, like investing in infrastructure or bringing back Glass-Steagall. We would not have heard about 'sequesters' or ever considered a food stamp cut. The very idea that we would not pay our bar bill by raising the phony debt ceiling would be the absurdity it really is.
I keep trying to convince the Obama bashers who come here that we are ahead of your game, understand all the indictments you are issuing and actually have a fairly sophisticated analytical framework going with imput from Chris Hedges, Sheldon Wolin, Howard Zinn, David Korten and a bunch of other fantastic sources and thinkers way outside of the box you think we are in. You have stated opposition to empire, to foolish wars and to the Corporatocracy/Plutocracy. I have not detected a Libertarian Ideological in your posts, just too much misdirected anger and presumption about who you are addressing.
In other words, come on over and join the Progressive and Anarchist Left so we can move this mess into reality.
This is where you and I part company, drc2. You blame the Rs for shooting down, what? Not one repub in the house or senate voted for obamacare. NOT ONE. All 178 repubs that were in the house voted against it. All 41 repubs in the senate voted against it. Where do you come off blaming them? Millions of American dems, repubs, independents were/are against obamacare. Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing something stupid or worse.
I realize that obamacare is romneycare on steroids. Look what romneycare has done to the cost of medical care in Mass. How can anyone expect health care costs to come down when they are still tied to corporarte profits? Obamcare dashes any hopes for a single payer system that makes every body have some skin in the game. Single pay has been referred to as the "great equalizer". Making the rich share in the same health care system ensures a better system. If their kids go to the same doctors and hospitals that your kids go to, your kids are "insured" (pun intended) a better health care system. The more separate the systems the worse yours and my kids (mine is grown) healthcare will be. Obamacare, unfortunately, keeps that 2 tiered system of healthcare. 70% of Americans of all political persuasions, even repubs, perferred the public option.
I am not defending the repubs by any means. But one has to wonder if they were smart enough to set back and let the dems slit their own throats with this POS legislation. Nah. Or is obama really that much of a corporate schill? The 2014 elections will answer that. Because, I'm telling you the voting public is not going to be happy with obamacare.