I’d read something several months ago that stuck in the back of my mind, and I simply couldn’t retrieve it. I knew it had something to do with why Obama does what he does, but I couldn’t locate it, either online or in my brain.
I finally remembered. It was something at least reasonably credible that described a meeting Obama had with some multinational type, who carefully explained to him that he had to break the back of the American economy, driving us down to a low-wage, low-benefits society — so we could compete with Third World countries for jobs.
And you know, I really do think this is what is going on. The Harvard guy, easily impressed by the elites, dazzled by the fact that he’s one of them, and a man without clearly defined goals or vision, bought that version of reality.
Rather than do the hard work of bringing other countries up to our standards, he’s decided we have to be broken. And he thinks it’s what’s “best” for us. He’s doing it because he cares. He sees social programs as simply postponing the the day when the workers (not the special people, like him and his friends) are living in tin shacks without running water, and he wants to wean us off the safety net.
Notice how toothless these trade treaties are? They’re not benefiting us, but then, they’re not meant to help us. They’re meant to help corporations, which are the real constituencies.
There are ways to change this. He could stop the economic and trade policies that make it almost impossible for American manufacturing to compete. He could put money into public infrastructure. He could push for something resembling an international minimum wage.
He could be the president of the entire world, and make everyone’s lives better, instead of just the upper classes. But he won’t. He won’t push for those things because they might work.
We need to figure out what to do about that.