Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Saint Obama and the Crock of Shit

The lovely Bella has been busy today, assessing—amongst other things—the state of Saint Obama's presidency to date...
I suspect that much of the negativity and cynicism stems from the fact that Obama has gone about his presidency in entirely back-asswards fashion. Having campaigned on a platform that consisted largely of reversing the mahoosive mistakes of the Bush administration, once in office, he immediately set out to… not reverse any of them. Patriot Act? Still there. Guantanamo? Still there. Wars? Still there. Bailouts and stimuli? Still there. Discontinuing these things, while difficult, would have been popular on both sides of the political divide, as well as with the mythical ‘independent’ voters. Obama would have been seen to be cleaning up the mess and providing himself with a fresh slate, correcting the massive loss of civil liberties and doing his best to get the country back on its economic feet.

Instead of pursuing these popular campaign policies, however, he has spent the vast majority of the last year shilling for his Congressional party members and their ridiculous healthcare reform. A task as huge as the overhaul of the nation’s health infrastructure should have been begun cautiously, slowly, and thoroughly, with cost/benefit analyses, input from providers and consumers, multiple scenarios of best practice, and above all, genuine bi-partisan contribution. What Obama has allowed to happen, however, is the creation of a massive, cobbled-together bill based on the barest minimum of research into the health market, the barest minimum of input from the industry as a whole, and containing almost innumerable lines inserted solely to get this or that special interest group onside, or this or that senator. The legislation is a gigantic fucked-up mess that appears designed, not to represent a unified vision of healthcare or emulate best practice elsewhere in the world, but to prove that the Democrats in Congress have done something, dammit, and it looks plausible if you stand back from it and squint a bit.

That sounds about right...

Sorry—once again, your humble Devil is up to his eyeballs in work. Naturally, if I see some utter fucknuts waffling on and proposing some enragingly illiberal crap, then I shall put fingers to keyboard: but, alas, it seems that Gordon's doctors are keeping his inside and under heavy sedation at present.

8 comments:

Nurse Anne said...

Thank you DK. It's nice when someone ges it. I have tried to explain to people just how fucked up the plan is-unaffordable-unsustainable etc etc and all I get is "omg you are a nurse and you want to see people suffer without medical care".

It really tires me out.

Dave said...

Just like Bliar he has to try and keep all the special interest groups on side. Just like Bliar he sought popularity above all else.
You can't be all things to all men and remain free.
He's as much a prisoner as Bush Jr was. If callmedave gets in, all the single issue groups he's cosied up to will have his balls on a plate.

Pogo said...

all the single issue groups he's cosied up to will have his balls on a plate

Always assuming that he has some!

paul said...

Couldnt have anything to do with th $20m contributions to his campaign from the health industry could it?

Anonymous said...

I think when the spring comes to the good ole USA .
We may witness something really big.
People power.
Why because they are sick fed up to their back teeth of Liberal Socialism and BIG GOV just like we are here.
Remember all the control freakery crap came from there.
They have been enduring it longer.
Maybe just Maybe.
Maybe im wrong.
But reading blogs and comments over there, there does seem to be something going on, an undercurrent if you wish.
A yearning for change.
Obama did not come up with the goods ,
Did he.

Anonymous said...

I think that in NOV.we will see a lot of new faces here in the good ole USofA.A lot of us are not ready for marxism.

Anonymous said...

I think "the won" project is coming off the rails. It was clear from the outset he was just another dodgy snake oil salesmen, and as anon above notes there will be a big change come next November. It is easy to blame it all on Bush jr. but this is much like the Layber Pahtee blaming all Britain's ills on Maggie Thatcher. After a while it just wont wash.

Anonymous said...

Seen this US gem, DK?

---snip---
"In a lengthy academic paper, President Obama's regulatory czar, Cass Sunstein, argued the U.S. government should ban "conspiracy theorizing."

Among the beliefs Sunstein would ban is advocating that the theory of global warming is a deliberate fraud.

Sunstein also recommended the government send agents to infiltrate "extremists who supply conspiracy theories" to disrupt the efforts of the "extremists" to propagate their theories.

---snip---