California Dreamin’

Hope springs eternal in the Left Coast media regarding the ‘change’ Obama has wrought… but does so on the back of tropes and stereotypes, rather than facts:

Since Obama took office, corporate profits are way up. So is business investment, job growth (moderately), retail sales, manufacturing (well, barely). Want to buy another house? Interest rates are fantastic. The housing crisis has largely subsided, and home foreclosures are way down. Also, people are buying lots of new cars, and there’s a fully recovered auto industry ready to meet all demand.  ((And yet even this editorial seems to admit what good news exists is largely for the well-connected and the oft-decried “one percenters,” rather than a broad-based benefit to Americans.  That’s because the wealthy and powerful–on the so-called left and right–have bent government to their service as a gatekeeper. — Jemison))

…federal discretionary spending is well below average… ((it’s declined only as a percentage of the budget as mandatory–entitlement–spending has increased; overall the government is still spending ridiculous amounts and running ruinous deficits… something every president since Reagan has been guilty of — Jemison))

…the poverty rate has stabilized ((Umm… — Jemison))

…I’ve yet to see a solid batch of evidence that proves Obama’s outright failure, or the nation’s savage decline. I see a blip about food stamps, I see a few weak economic signs here and there, but mostly, since 2009, it all’s been somewhere between timidly and shockingly positive…

To hear Mr. Newport Beach tell it, my president is a downright monster. Who cares if he ended the war, saved the economy, restored America’s stature in the world, nailed Osama bin Laden, invested billions in clean energy ((where does the Constitution give Uncle Sam the power to invest in companies with my tax money?  — Jemison)), partially reformed what is still the most expensive, least effective health care system in the industrialized world…

And as for the myth that the rich are all anti-Democrat, well… to paraphrase Orwell, “All progressive leftists are equal, but some are more equal than others…”

Obama has not single-handedly destroyed America.  The nation’s undoing has been a bipartisan project, decades in the making.  Obama’s policies have put the pedal closer to the metal in terms of the pace of ‘change,’ and it is his misfortune to be on watch as it becomes increasingly difficult to paper over the structural rot that Uncle Sam’s bureausclerotic micromanagement of society has produced.

That doesn’t mean Obama’s fellow travelers in the corporate media won’t continue trying to enable him, cribbing from the great and powerful Oz: “pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”


2 thoughts on “California Dreamin’

  1. Tropes seemed to me to be fairly evenly distributed – “but the real disappointment comes from the left. It’s we liberals who seem to have the most legitimate gripes with a man we all thought would be far more radical and revolutionary. From the NSA to drone warfare to a shocking lack of transparency, a shameless kowtowing to Wall Street, a lack of serious education reform and barely a blip about the environment (until very recently) – Obama has been a far more mixed bag for the left than anyone wants to admit.”

    • And there is some validity to that assessment. Which begs the question: why is the editorial structured around a caricature that only Thurston Howell III is complaining about the president and his policies? That to me is the signature failure of the piece. The administration hasn’t really been any good for anyone… except the same “One Percent” that George Soros, et al both decry and comprise…

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