Wednesday, December 8, 2010

You Know What? I Think I'm with Pres. Obama on This One

I initially agreed with those who're upset with Pres. Obama for backing down. After watching the president's news conference, I changed my mind. The video below is a segment from MSNBC's Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Essentially, now I agree with Lawrence and Ezra Klein. Strategy and communication from the White House leave a world to be desired. But the policy, considering the circumstances, isn't all that bad.

And let's not forget several congressional Dems were moving over to the Republican side. Several Dems ran against the president in the recent midterm elections. Several Dems voted for the Bush tax cuts that got us in the mess in the first place. So lets not delude ourselves into believe that this whole mess is entirely Obama's fault. Constitutionally, the president doesn't write policy anyway. If congressional Dems wanna act all bad ass now, they're perfectly free to hold up legislation till they get what they want.

Come to think of it, if they really were so bad ass, they could've called the Pubs on this before the election. What's keeping them from doing another reconciliation bill?

But the blame doesn't stop there. What about the vaunted American people? Huh? Aren't they to blame? They're the ones who vote against their own economic interests. They're the ones who went all bat-crap crazy over imaginary death panels and put the Publicans in power in the first place. And let's not pretend race isn't a factor here. White voters have just plain old lost their minds since the White House went black. Conservatives fear revenge, and progressives demand that the black man be twice as good. Don't get me wrong. If some of us black folks decide to resort to their second amendment rights, I say have at it! Don't stop till you get enough! The economy of black America is approaching Great Depression numbers!

But all you white folks need to shut up and sit down. If you really wanna be all pissy, get your neighbors and family and friends to vote with their heads instead of their skin. Then maybe, we can get somewhere.

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This isn't too complicated. If you disagree with me, I'm more than happy to have an honest discussion. I'm quite open to learning new facts and ideas. I'm dying for a conservative to explain their ideas in a sensible way.

But, I do have rules, and they also apply to those who agree with me. They just get the benefit of my already knowing the fact they'll be referring to.

So, here're the comment thread rules:

1 - Use facts.
2 - Refer to policy.
3 - Don't rely on theories and conjectures. Show me how, for example, a public health insurance option will lead to "rationing" of health care.
4 - No unfounded attacks on any entity.

If you break those rules, I will edit your comment to my own whimsical satisfaction.

Lastly, perhaps most importantly, I'm not going to entertain too much pro-white/racism-denying discussion. I want this to be a space to discuss strategies to fight racism, not space where I have to fight racism. I want anti-racists to be able to come here for a mental respite. If what you're interested in doing is attempting to demonstrate the fallacy of anti-racism by repeating the same ole comments and questions and accusations we hear all the time, please do that somewhere else.

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