Saturday, May 11, 2013
On Me and Obama
I've gone from liking him politically and personally (voting for the guy in 2008), to liking him personally but not politically, to not liking him personally OR politically. I don't know, I think that the last straw for me was when he referred to the Paul Ryan budget (a budget that I have also criticized, mainly for its sacred cow treatment of defense spending), a budget that actually INCREASES federal spending by some 40% over the next 11 years, as "thinly veiled Social Darwinism". a) I'm not a major fan of politicians throwing around invective in general (especially when the shit comes straight out of a Sociology 101 textbook, for Christ), b) I found that this shot was especially absurd, and c) his added characterization of the Ryan Medicare proposal as a "voucher system" that will end up costing seniors an additional $6,400 a year was itself overwhelmingly misleading (yes, the plan does have vouchers but it is far more accurate to call it a premium support plan - replete with subsidies for the poor - that Democrats such as Alice Rivlin and John Breaux have also supported). I mean, I know that the dude is a politician and pretty much has to act this way because of the system......but wasn't he supposed to be so much better than this?......We were told.