I just clipped it from a comment somewhere now lost in surfing memory.
But Mike’s comment has a ton of truth to it.
I warned Mike and everybody else who (I presume) was posting in favor of Obama that they would get the same of all the things they hated with Bush, and likely more, including the corporatocracy elements.
Proven true now of course. Among those points, now history:
#1.Obama not only has kept the worst core elements of the Patriot Act, his administration has expanded them. O’s Injustice Department has expanded Bush’s self-written search warrants to mean they are outside the jurisdiction of any courts, nobody can question them, nobody can sue against them.
#2. Habeus corpus continues violated.
#3. Not only did he continue both wars that Bush started to this day, he fought another one in Libya, supporting the genocide there against the town of 10,000 black folks, he supported surrogates in others, and they are providing material support to another Muslim Brotherhood-al Qaeda takeover.
#4. Not only did he continue the Bush practice of waging war without a proper constitutional Declaration of War in Congress, he proceeded to tell Congress through subordinates that he did not even have the obligation to report to Congress a new war. (A war by any other name).
Note for the gullible: Pearl Harbor was, is still today in fact, properly considered so, an act of war, like U.S. bombings in Libya and in Serbia.
So he has continued the Bush wars and added a couple of his own. MEMO: 18,000 troops will stay in Iraq and that is not a withdrawal, and the embassy is the biggest in the world ever.
#5. He continued the practice of keeping the number of warrantless searches secret.
#6. Even before he was president, he pushed for TARP, which we find out poured trillions into private banks and overseas private banks and European banks, in a blatantly unconstitutional interference in the judicial branches, and not only that, refusing to prosecute an unknown number of actors in Wall Street that should have gone to prison in the first days of the Obama administration.
Instead, the administration brought in Wall Street associates of these criminals, and chief Wall Street criminal protector Geithner brought into the Cabinet itself (who was head of the New York branch of the Fed at the time and enabler of bonuses at AIG).
#7. He continued the Bush-era practice of hiring lobbyists into the administration, only more of it.
#8. He not only continued the practice of protecting the exploding federal debt burden, he outdid the Bush era practice by orders of magnitude. NOBODY “inherits” a deficit, though. A deficit is when you spend more money THIS year than your revenues THIS same year, so a deficit has NOTHING to do with last year.
#9. He has continued the Bush era practice of doing everything possible to stop any real fix to the oncoming debt tsunami and dollar crash.
#10. He made the executive presidency even more renegade by not only continued the presumed and denied practice by previous presidents of ordering killings, surrogates have now bragged about him deciding every day who will be killed, without arrest, warrant, habeus corpus, or a trial, including American citizens.
#11. O’s administration has expanded on the list of official bad guys for police and neighbors to suspect of terrorism, to add returning veterans, Ron Paul supporters, Constitution Party supporters, conspiracy theorists, and a few jihadist groups to make it look fair.
This year it leaked that they have added “liberty lovers” to this official “unofficial” enemies list.
#12. Bush doubled the size of Medicare with the pharmacy benefits, and Obama continued the practice of taking over this huge section of the private economy with the Unaffordable Health Care Act, and huge Medicaid expansion, but added a penalty/tax to compel participation for those who engage in breaking the law by doing absolutely nothing.
And got an unappealable judicial infinite taxation permit as a side benefit of lawsuits protesting this. (Maybe they should have gambled instead on overturning the FDR commerce clause over-reach but they didn’t)
#13. Obama continued the Bush precedent of appointing relatively unknown friends from the administration, Bush with Harriet Myers, Obama with not one but two: Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
#14. Obama has endorsed the ACTA treaty, which is another the gift for Big Corporate to add to the change in patent law. You invented it first does not count anymore, the patent goes to the company that files first. Now we find that the US is negotiating another treaty that will hurt individuals at the expense of more restrictions, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership).
#15. Obama has continued the Bush practice of acting like the increasing persecution of Christians around the world (as compared to other religions) does not exist, including the decimation and physical assaults on Christians in Iraq and Afghanistan where presumably it would have influence, and in Libya where the presidential regime allied with the mass murderers of Christian blacks.
#16. Obama continued the interventionist policies of Bush in Latin America after promising a new era in relations, although he did modify the policy by actively trying to a slight change, to bully the nations into accepting Communist dictators like Manuel Zelaya in Honduras.
#17. THE DIFFERENCE from Bush. The one visible difference (you have to look under the covers to see it) is the Cloward-Piven difference. That idea is to demand that the government fill ALL its promises and pay everybody their due and make them spend enough to bankrupt it.
Discover the Networks says it better. Remember that Cloward and Piven wanted a full-blown socialist society on the Marxist model, overtly and explicitly:
The Cloward-Piven Strategy
By Richard Poe
First proposed in 1966 and named after Columbia University sociologists Richard Andrew Cloward and Frances Fox Piven, the â€œCloward-Piven Strategyâ€� seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.
Inspired by the August 1965 riots in the black district of Watts in Los Angeles (which erupted after police had used batons to subdue an African American man suspected of drunk driving), Cloward and Piven published an article titled “The Weight of the Poor: A Strategy to End Poverty” in the May 2, 1966 issue of The Nation. Following its publication, The Nation sold an unprecedented 30,000 reprints. Activists were abuzz over the so-called “crisis strategy” or “Cloward-Piven Strategy,” as it came to be called. Many were eager to put it into effect.
…read more here…
The strategy is to make the “enemy” live up to their own rules, except I would say they only want those rules enforced in their favor and never against them. It’s also a “Trojan Horse” movement strategy, meaning activist groups that pretend to help the poor but it’s only meant to make their lot worse and lead to a breakdown in the whole system and bring down the government.