Halliburton, oil corporations, Americans making over a million dollars a year, pharmaceutical corporations, insurance companies, Lockheed, General Electric, energy companies, Donald Rumsfeld, John Ashcroft, U.S. Supreme Court, Congressional Republicans, pentecostal churches, Pat Robertson, ammunition companies, the Saudi family, banks, investment tycoons, Mr. Madoff, Mr. Chablani, Dick Cheney, neocons, right-wingers, fascists, Burlington [Wis.] Liars Club, FoxNews, Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh, No Child Left Behind masqueraders, vouchers schools, union busters, No New Taxes groups, Blackwater, Phyllis Schlafly, NRA, John Birch Society, Flat Earth Society, creationists, Bob Jones University, KKK, fundamentalists, torturers, military-industrial complex, gun store owners, Bill O'Reilly, etc. We owe you a great deal. Holiday blessings to you, Mr. President.
The modus operandi of the neocons, fascists, right-wingers, bigots, etc. is becoming clear. First, make some general statement about warning that Obama will not be able to solve the problems facing us. Then remain silent. And when success by Obama is not immediately forthcoming, say, "I told you so."
As political hacks begin to power up for the arrival of a new president, it is important to recognize who put Barack Obama in the White House. It was far more than members of the Democratic Party. And Obama must realize that he is not the traditionally elected official who owes it all to one of the political parties. The Democrats have made a mess of their own party, and they could not have elected Obama. In fact, the two elections of a man of such low caliber as George W. Bush is ample testimony to the impotence of the Democrat Party.
As the CEOs of General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler sat before Congress, there was a growing tendency in American public opinion to shift blame to the UAW and the labor unions for the financial failure in the U.S. auto industry. Nonsense! Yes, auto workers in these corporations are well paid, but they NEGOTIATED their wage and benefit packages. These same CEOs were a part of the agreed labor contracts, and the corporate executives meanwhile enhanced their individual income packages EACH by many millions of dollars. If GM, Ford, and Chrysler had continued their sales growth, as Toyota and Honda did, there would not be this mess in the auto industry. No labor union ordered the U.S. auto makers to build huge SUVs, Hummers, etc. That decision was made by the heads of the industry.
Imagine the reason two presidents were put on trial, and then further imagine why George W. Bush escaped that. President Johnson's trial was a trumped up action, and so was President Clinton's trial. Clinton's private life is none of my damn business, just as George W. Bush's horrible private life is none of my business. But his direct actions as president ARE the business of every American. These actions have not only been atrocious and sometimes even inhuman, he has lowered the esteem and reputation of this nation. Compare how Clinton's private acts and Bush's official actions reflected on the nation and how it is viewed in the world. Clinton still carries respect and honor internationally, Bush does not.