Sunday, April 19, 2009

Obama, Bush, What's The Difference?

So I'm sitting here wondering where has all the political fervor, enthusiasm for politics, and voting for 'change', have gone? Less than six months ago, a large percentage of people of my age group took to the streets on Nov 4th, 2008 to celebrate Obama being elected to office. All their attention (or what little attention they actually had) towards Obama's policies and what "change" was, has suddenly dropped off the face of the earth.

I barely hear a peep from any of the Obama supporters of how Obama has backed off on many of his promises. Most recently, Obama is quietly backing some of the "state-secrets" that Bush kept, meanwhile flamboyantly announcing when he makes a stark turn away from the previous administration's policies- press conferences live on television, yes sir. But when he sides with Bush's policies, there are no press conferences, they are quietly funneled through the courts while Obama is overseas.

What about the additional funding that Obama wants towards the war? So you guys get mad when Bush asks for additional funding, but when Obama does it, you guys look the other way?

Or how about the reneging on his original 16-month withdrawal plan of combat troops from Iraq? Even now, it's only 2 months extended to 18-months later, but I wouldn't count on it if I were a solider in Iraq.

Okay, so really, what's the difference? Not much, except now we're spending more tax dollars more than ever, and this time the people of the United States don't care, don't know, or don't seem to give a damn because they don't wan't to be told they were "wrong" in voting for Obama. But, this isn't about who we voted for anymore- what's done is done. What makes me mad is that you vote Obama into office and then do not hold him and our government accountable for what they do and promised. Seriously, do you all really want to pay a shitload of taxes in the next 5-10 years when we are all working? All this TARP CRAP went to buying up toxic assets and letting the robber barons run away with their loot. Just because Obama is a Democrat, don't be so naive into thinking he doesn't have friends he needs to appease on Wall Street.

I find it amazing that despite polls showing that the average American (yes Democrats and Republicans included) was against the initial bailouts by anywhere from 100-1 to 300-1, our representatives and our president decided to disregard our opinion and do what they thought was best for themselves and their payroll. Think about this clearly, our government has now spent hundreds of billions towards bailout failed banks that have cheated their ways to profit over the past 5-10 years. Think of what hundreds of billions of dollars could have done towards a real national healthcare (something that you Obama supporters apparently support), or perhaps towards simplying helping balance the Social Secruity net that is running out of money. But no, that money has disappeared into the pockets of a few, rather than the many. Does this sound familiar? Isn't this what you Democrats campaigned against when you spoke of Bush's "tax cuts for the rich?"-- which weren't actually just for the rich, rather for everyone, including me.

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