Is Obama politically inept or does he want these massive cuts? And if he wants them, is it because of political calculation? Is he a true believer in neoliberal economics? A hostage of Wall Street?
The occasion: The Debt Ceiling Debate and Glenn Greenwald’s debunking of a few persistent myths about Barack Obama’s political behavior, namely, that Obama is “weak” and “inept.”
The discussants are:
Lisa Garcia Bedolla
The consensus opinion broadly construed: Obama is not ‘weak,’ is not ‘inept’ and is effectively a neoconservative, albeit a neoconservative who wants to be considered a well-meaning tailor who mends the tears found in America’s political fabric. Obama is, as I have long claimed, a system politician, which is to say, that he is an agent of finance capital and the security-surveillance state as well as a proponent of elite governance and weak form of democratic accountability. And I would say that Obama’s Presidency has validated this political judgment. Had the Democratic Party in 2008 wanted to run a reform candidate with national, popular and democratic bona fides, it would have selected Ralph Nader as its candidate. It did not, and the United States now seemingly confronts a situation in which its better impulses have already suffered a major political defeat.
The discussion is well worth reading.
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- Towards a Liberal Critique of Left Neo-Liberalism Policy (rortybomb.wordpress.com)
- By questioning war, Steele broke the neoconservatives’ first and only rule (charlestoncitypaper.com)
- The Republican foreign policy consensus (blogs.jta.org)
- NYT Op-Ed Writer Perlstein Botches Reagan’s Birth Month (benzinga.com)
- Debt battle set to draw to close, for now (msnbc.msn.com)
- Budget fight on health care cuts just beginning (sfgate.com)
- 3 White House flubs in the debt showdown (cbsnews.com)