There’s no real mystery behind Obama’s steady drift to the Right since taking Office. In the corporatist, two-party system of ‘lesser-evil’ politics that passes for democracy in the U.S., the Democrats will only ever feel compelled to compromise with their organized opponents on the Right. If for no other reason, this is simply because there is no organized force to their Left that they need be concerned with.
Or, as Malcolm X once eloquently described the process whereby Democrats consistently betray their Black, working-class supporters: “If you put the Democrats first, they will put you last.”
TURNS OUT the president many expected to revive the New Deal is out to bury it instead.
That’s the inescapable conclusion following President Barack Obama’s offer to trade cuts in the Social Security and Medicare programs—part of a projected $4 trillion in reductions over 10 years—in exchange for Republican votes to raise the U.S. debt ceiling by August 2.
… But by offering a “grand bargain” to Republicans, Obama has already done incalculable political damage. He has legitimized the idea of cuts to Social Security and Medicaid—big cuts. After decades of being the “third rail of American politics,” as the cliché went, Social Security is now slated for the chopping block, thanks to a liberal Democratic president.