Answer to American
Economy's SOS? Of course, SOS!
By Ben Tanosborn
ccun.org, January 31, 2009
During this past month I had expected – hoped for would be more precise
– a miracle that would show America a path to rehabilitation of this
economically, politically and socially devastated land of ours;
resolutions which were not about to happen in this class-divided America
in which we live.
George W. Bush exited his presidency totally
lacking contrition, unrepentant of either malfeasance or criminality
throughout his presidency, knowing full well that he would not have to
stand trial before his peers: the powerful Ubber-class America.
Arrogant and cocky he came to power in 2001, yet eight years later one
of the greatest annihilators in the history of mankind left with the
same smirk in his face and the very same cold heart. Instead of
being manacled for a trip to The Hague, Marine One offered him a first
leg on a trip to his new residence in Texas.
Quite a month,
indeed! Much of that time was spent by Bush, still president,
washing his hands off on all domestic and foreign policy affairs,
although quietly giving the green light to Israel to squash Gaza’s
population at will, whether Hamas’ supporters or infants caught in the
fray. And while Gaza was burning, Bush’s would-be successor was
playing “his lyre”… lyrically stating that the US can only have a
president at a time, as well as one foreign policy. Well, Obama’s
Zionist advisers are lobbying well for Israel… something one would
expect regardless who ended up being president-elect.
To make amends, shortly after the pomp and circumstance of the imperial
inaugural ceremony had subsided, Obama dispatched George Mitchell as
special envoy to the Middle East. Who better than an
Irish-Lebanese, former senator, a successful mediator and most
importantly, a truly honorable man! Even the EU’s Javier Solana
received this trusted peacemaker with open arms. And to solidify
this sentiment of understanding towards the Moslem World, just three
days past the Mitchell appointment, here is US president Barack Hussein
Obama giving Hisham Melhem, on al-Arabiya, his first television
interview as president. Here was the spanking new president of the
US setting the tenor for US foreign policy as a nation ready to listen
to the world… starting with the followers of Prophet Mohammed in a
region where the United States has exerted an unduly level of
Not that Obama’s tone of respect can undue or make up
for Bush’s criminality in world affairs, particularly in the Middle
East; but it is a starting point that augurs possibilities in a planet
crying for peace, social justice and brotherhood. Hopefully, the
ignominious era of bullyism is fast disappearing… and with it, one hopes
that terror will be relegated to its proper place, where it has always
been: as miniscule, largely contained behavior.
But just as
Obama was giving America an inkling of hope in the international arena,
he was setting a much more different tone in domestic affairs,
particularly in matters which affect America’s economy, something which
now rules the minds of most Americans… at least those at the bottom 80
percent of the economic ladder. As bright and well-intentioned as
this president might be, he has surrounded himself with a cadre of true
losers in the areas that have defined our economy up to now… the same
people who led us to the abyss are now being asked to lead us away from
The movers and shakers in the economic realm that served
Papa Bush, Clinton and Bush Son… the same globalizers that allowed
and/or helped create bubble-land after bubble-land, giving free rein to
predatory capitalism and incredible lies – such as the retraining of
workers who would lose their jobs under economic globalization – are now
being asked to fix the economy, in a politically expedient way, by
enslaving our progeny.
One can easily tell that progressivism in
the Senate can only count to two: Feingold and Sanders; with 18 members
in some state of liberal anachronism, and the other 80 senators simply
acting as self-serving dudes, whether Republicans or Democrats. At
least Bernie and Russ saw that confirming Timothy Geithner as the US
75th Secretary of the Treasury was a cruel joke.
We’ll see if
Obama follows his rhetoric in foreign diplomacy with brave acts; or if
he gives in to a perverse continuity that has existed for decades in the
State Department, now being ran by Hilary Clinton.
Obama’s answer to America’s economic SOS… it is beginning to look as if
he is going to give us a return SOS… spelled out as: Same Old Shit!
The best stimulus package this nation can get is a dosage of truth, and
not another trillion of debt. Why? Because unregulated capitalism
as practiced in our shores simply does not work.
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