Friday, August 05, 2011

Obama Says He’ll Really Fight for the People … Next Time

by: Jim Hightower, Truthout | Op-Ed,  Aug. 3, 2011 

President Barack Obama talks with staff during a Domestic Policy Council meeting in the Oval Office, July 28, 2011. (Photo: Pete Souza / White House)

By gollies, America’s workaday majority of middle-class and poor people have a fighter on our side in Washington. Unfortunately, that fighter is Barack Obama.

On Sunday, he waved his white hankie of surrender in the debt ceiling battle, agreeing to a disastrous deal ruthlessly pushed by the loopiest of the tea party extremists in the Republican House. It slashes some nearly $1 trillion from national programs that ordinary Americans count on, puts Social Security and Medicare at risk, and promises to make our depressed economy, and even the deficit, worse.

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