Black People : The Black Agenda Report, review of State of the Union Address

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  1. Ankhur

    Ankhur Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Obama State of the Union: Guns For the Pentagon, Butter For Wall Street, A Spending Freeze For You

    by BAR Managing Editor Bruce A. Dixon

    After signing off on the biggest military budget in human history, and giving 23 trillion dollars of free money to Wall Street, much of it directly through the Federal Reserve without Congressional oversight, the president is expected to announce a “spending freeze” in his State of the Union address tonight. In keeping with his policy of waiting for “all boats to rise” the First Black President will not announce any special measures to address joblessness in African American communities, which in many urban areas has reached 50% of working age males, and has historically been double the white jobless rate, and is rising faster than unemployment among whites.

    White House spokespeople assure us that the freeze will not apply to the military budget, or the uniquely American combination of policing, surveillance and corporate welfare programs they call “homeland security.” Also exempt are veterans affairs and the State Department, impossible to separate from the military and our lawless mercenary armies, and social security, and Medicare, except for the $400 million cut that program will feel if either version of the president's health insurance reform package ever clears Congress. The corporate press describes all federal programs that don't fit into the slots just described as “discretionary,” and the Obama White House, corporate to the core uses the same terminology. The budget freeze, they say, will affect all the federal government's “discretionary” programs.

    With the adoption of NAFTA under the previous Democratic president, the US government became a full partner in corporate America's drive to relocate its factories outside the U.S., first in low-wage Mexico, and now in lower-wage China. That caused a radical shrinkage of local tax revenues across the country at the same time that wages fell and joblessness rose. Corporate Democrats (and Republicans) had a solution for that too --- selling off public assets like highways, parking meters, water systems, public hospitals, even jails, government fleet management and payrolls, even birth and death records to the same investor class that caused the shrinkage by offshoring as much of the US industrial sector as they could.

    “Black America can expect to reap enormous benefits in self-esteem at the sight of a well-suited black man at the podium delivering this august address.”

    The current financial crisis has put state and local governments across the nation into unprecedented fiscal crises. Hundreds of thousands of state and local government employees are working days for free, taking forced pay cuts and days off, or sent home to join the growing ranks of the jobless. Had the president's “economic stimulus” been about stimulating the real economy and stopping the job and income losses of ordinary Americans, it would have shored up the budgets of states and local governments. It didn't. A federal freeze on “discretionary spending” that includes already inadequate funding of state and local governments is guaranteed to increase unemployment, to lower wages of those still working, and to shut down such “discretionary” expenses as road repairs, schools, libraries, health care, including state contributions to Medicaid and countless other things the investor class and their White House imagines we can do without. And although the president says black America must wait for “all boats” to rise before disproportionate black unemployment to go down, a spending freeze on aid to local governments will affect blacks disproportionately too, as they make up an outsize share of public sector employees.

    Still, all the news for black America in this year's state of the union isn't bad. Despite tonight's grim economic tidings, Black America can expect to reap enormous benefits in self-esteem at the sight of a well-suited black man at the podium delivering this august address. As a recent Pew Center report points out, black America will bask in the glow of the pretty black family in the White House, and take comfort in misguided perceptions that racial gaps in health, wealth, mortality and everything else are at last shrinking. They're not.

    Fortunately for this illusion, there will be no State of the Black Union this year. Tavis Smiley, mindful of the damage to his career the last time he voiced even mild criticism of Obama, called it off. Despite its failings and corporate sponsorship, a 2010 SOBU would certainly have allowed sharp left criticism of Obama's pro-war, pro-Wall Street policies to be broadcast to a nationwide audience in the tens of millions. Though elected by African Americans, and tens of millions of voters dissatisfied and disgusted with the preceding administration, Obama's loyalties are firmly with Wall Street and the Pentagon. The First Black President's office, as Glen Ford pointed out at last week's 2010 Black is Back conference, was purchased for him by more than $600 million in campaign contributions, mostly from the same corporations and wealthy individuals that gave to Bush four and eight years ago.

    The Obama “spending freeze” is also part of the investor class's long term war to extract for itself every last bit of wealth the US economy produces. Besides promoting the crazy notion that vital public services are “discretionary” while war expenditures are sacrosanct, it validates the lie that these are what's making the government “broke,” if any entity that can print or lend money into existence can ever be 'broke.” Having corporate Democrats led by President Obama echo this capitalist propaganda softens us up for the next step --- entitlement reform, the polite term for the privatization of social security.

    “After the election, Barack Obama was quoted as saying he'd rather be a great one term president than a mediocre two-termer. He might get part of his wish...”

    Quietly, the Obama administration has endorsed a bipartisan commission to come up with “entitlement reform” proposals that will bypass the Congress, coming straight through the more-equal-than-the-others executive branch of government. The new presidential commission is also tasked to come up with other ways to effect permanent “savings,” exempting the military budget.

    In his first week of office, President Obama pledged an eleven figure down payment on a high speed rail transit system, an enterprise that could conceivably employ tens or hundreds of thousands, and replace millions of gas guzzling trips by air and auto every month. If that down payment happens at all, it won't be as big as advertised, and may not be followed up by much of anything. The same is true of its “green jobs” and other widely hyped proposals.

    Massachusetts is often called the most liberal state in the union. It's the place where the president's version of health insurance reform, requiring everybody to purchase skimpy and expensive private health insurance under penalty of law has already been enacted. The state even has a black governor. Two weeks ago in Massachusetts, a right wing corporate nutcase beat a right wing corporate Democrat, an Obama Democrat, for the seat previously warmed by Ted Kennedy. Ted Kennedy was also a corporate Democrat, a fan of “entitlement reform” and big Pentagon budgets. After the election, Barack Obama was quoted as saying he'd rather be a great one term president than a mediocre two-termer. He might get part of his wish, and it could be preceded by a substantial reduction of or outfight oss of Democratic majorities in Congress in 2010

    http://www.blackagendareport.com/?q...ntagon-butter-wall-street-spending-freeze-you
     
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    that's all that there ever was, eh? misguided perceptions that this man (who does not share the slavery descendant heritage of "black america") was gonna be anything other than "business as usual" - starting to feel/see this now, eh?

    yeah, like i said; ssdd but this time in "blackface".
     
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    I don't agree with or endorse this bad tendancy, i. e., to only quote a handful of sources, whereas one or two posters here more or less agree those commentators in advance, and/or which isn't opening up the usual discussion and debate, as in-- to others--also who might have equally valid sources/other points of view, etc., too...

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    unless this is a personal ish

    I make no assumtions about what folks agree or disagree to , the number of readers is posted on the sideand actully no one here has blocked the opening up the usual discussion and debate, as in-- to others--also who might have equally valid sources/other points of view, etc., too...
     
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    There's also the ideal means/ways/etc. folk naturally and normally post on these forums, as opposed to the reality, i. e., whenever somebody lingers too long on the podium/hogs the stage/etc.

    Some things I do to encourage (not discourage) others to post on these important/relevant/significant issues and problems...

    How about you too?

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    Cornel West's comeback was incredibly weak...

    The mainstay of the Black Agenda Report incredibly harsh...

    And neither reflects what our black relations etc. are truly concerned or worried about!

    At least not to me:

    At least not in terms of how they feel and think about Obama either!

    Air (constructive) criicism of the man:

    Of course...

    Second guess him?

    Not the best approach!

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    when President Obama was asked by Oprah in the TV interview what grade he would give himself for his 1 year in office - he said a strong B+
     
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    When it comes to truly knowing and understanding 'who rules america', I'd also give the typical U. S. citizen etc. a failing grade...

    I. e., it's the egotism and vanity ad naseum of too many whites and blacks, which has led to the rest of us being trapped in a seventies era time loop, though it is 2010 for the rest of humanity...

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    and what type of loop are the majority of disgruntled progressives who voted for change, caught up in, that they are so upset with the presidents performance?

    And what type of mindset towards war and the poor was around during the 60s 70s ?
    in music, art, politics, education, Black economics, anti-White Supremacy?
    How did the teens react towards each other compared to today?

    those who control and manipulate the public live and stay in a time warp tha goes back hundreds of years, and their policies towards third world nations and the working class and poor, make that more evident each day,

    and so far there seem to be only attacks on the poster rather then a defense of the president

    interesting!
    but 8 years of that kind of thing, and one gets used to it
     
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    You're just wasting my time, making yourself seem and sound pretty foolish, i. e., because any mere reading or rereading of my comments on this thread alleges or implies nothing at all about you at all:

    Though now some of the rest may (or may not) reflect who are or are about too...

    Y'see, it is a typical take-- of any activist-- that the newbies usually do make the mistake of feeling and thinking they merely need to recycle the tactics etc. of past movements, i. e., in order to start up a new one...

    The second mistake is presuming and assuming the other (enemy) side aren't already hip to the same tactics others used before...

    Uh...

    Huh?

    What??

    Please repeat what you presume and assume (because I really didn't feel and think you were born 'brain dead' either)!

    Ahem...

    Sigh...

    Seriously:

    Anything and everything they do these days is to either discredit the originators of those tactics and/or undermine their reuse anyway...

    Then, too, everything folks are now advocating, on the cope and deal with the ways things are nowadays side, are being reacted or overreacted to, i. e., via the minions of the true wielders of media manipulation, up to and including challenging the credibility/honesty/sincerity of those who even advocate educating their children at home!

    Otherwise I air comments or direct criticisms:

    I'm not out to undemine what you or anybody else were or are also advocating for the sake of your or our (re)empowerment...

    Then, too, I write and speak of candid--not put forth rhetoric, that the days of race based 'politics' are far from over...

    So, like or loathe him, the white haters ad naseum are also playing us cheap and close, when they do the same to Obama...

    As well as hypocrisy and and deceit countine to characterize white/black relations etc:

    I. e., had their beloved 'W' done the same as Obama is nowadays, the same people would've merely cursed in their beer at some local bar, not rant and rave at them tacky 'tea party' mob fests...

    Believe me:

    Believe that too...

    :fyi:
     
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