NYT: Obama Administration Looking Too Timid On Reforms To Many

Cheerleaders for Mr. Obama will protest, but let them. Its becoming clear that the ambitious candidate Mr. Obama appeared to many to be is turning into a timid President who is content to let conservative Senators like Max Baucus define his administration's positions on important issues like health care, overjoying corporate lobbyists who were fearful that a Democratic administration would represent actual change.

The media is starting to understand the situation, for example, the New York Times has a good article today on the unexpected positions Mr. Obama is taking: Despite Major Plans, Obama Taking Softer Stands

The controversies that he is avoiding are important ones and the positions he is taking are not the positions that Americans elected Mr. Obama to champion.

Online forums are where one would expect to see diverse views discussed, right? But instead, groups of inevitably Obama-supporting posters attempt to intimidate free discussions, as they did during the election. This behavior, reminiscent of recent AI research (using robotic influencers), influences the decisions of legitimate groups, causing them to seem to be making "decisions" that are "not always in their best interests". For example, on healthcare, (the costs of which may destroy the futures of an entire generation). 70% of us want it to be implemented. But "our" Mr. Obama in his Ivory tower House, tells us its "off the table".

The combination of Obama's bailouts and his cheerful embrace of the failed private healthcare insurance model for the forseeable future represents a huge income redistribution scheme from the taxpayers as a whole, to the already rich, many say, "The largest transfer of wealth in history". Ultimately, the result will be an ugly situation which most Americans will have to emigrate, stripped of their equity. Lacking the technical education they would need to work, they will be unemployed, with ubiquitous machines (also here) eventually doing almost all the scriptable jobs. (except where young, attractive humans are used for sentimental reasons, at increased cost, jobs such as waiters in expensive restaurants, customer facing jobs such as deceptionists, and prostitution.)

If America remains relatively safe, many citizens, perhaps most, may eventually no longer be able to afford to live here. Like the European indentured servants who involuntarily populated America, they will represent a unwelcome liability to their home country. (But there is no longer a frontier to send them to. If somehow, they manage to stay, their care may eventually be contracted out, "offshored".)

Tags: conservative democrats, healthcare lobby, insurance lobby, Lobbyists, plausible denial, politicians (all tags)

Comments

22 Comments

mirror meet...

what's the opposite of cheerleader?  each are equally...


by canadian gal 2009-04-18 08:01PM | 0 recs
Timid Reforms

Wot! No poll?

Achi, buddy, you are slacking off.

by January 20 2009-04-18 10:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Timid Reforms

No, but the reporter invoked "many people".  Surely that's enough?

by Jess81 2009-04-18 11:37PM | 0 recs
Obama's paid bloggers?

Read the UK press...

by architek 2009-04-19 04:16AM | 0 recs
Re: Obama's paid bloggers?

Yikes! Primary wars way back machine.

by jsfox 2009-04-19 11:51AM | 0 recs
Ducks? Chickens?

Many people think yr a loon.

by Jess81 2009-04-19 04:25PM | 0 recs
Great!

I think a lot of people here are fakes, so I guess its mutual.

by architek 2009-04-20 08:26PM | 0 recs
Christ, this website.

Overrun with people like you, who pump out bullshit one and a half paragraph diaries which contribute nothing to site discourse. What a waste.

by sricki 2009-04-19 12:08AM | 0 recs
Archy is one of the worst...

I have read all of his diaries for months, and nothing Obama does is good enough, liberal enough.

He's just too timid, what does the country think about him?

http://www.mydd.com/story/2009/4/18/1464 0/3698#comment_form

Irony of course is, Archy was one of the Clinton Worshipper, because I guess, SHE would be able to wave the magic wand of Liberal Transformation, and turn Even Bayh into Tip O'Neil?

But, as you said, he's got lots of company.

by WashStateBlue 2009-04-19 06:23AM | 0 recs
Obviously, the measure of a person is

in what they do. The mark they leave.

Obama has done some very good things, but he is also doing much less than I think we have a right to expect given his campaign, which I think almost everybody here accepts was very deceptive.

Many folk here seem to see themselves as somehow above the day to day concerns of America.

Politicians live protected lives, once elected, they are a bit like the lamprey fish that cling to the sides of sharks, they affix themselves and cannot be removed.

Perhaps that s what the GOP means when it claims that Obama never got a paycheck (of course, they are wrong, lawyers make a minimum of hundreds of dollars an hour, and Michelle was making something like 800k a year working - I understand part time as a hospital administrator.)

Those are defintely paychecks..

by architek 2009-04-20 08:31PM | 0 recs
LOL

given his campaign, which I think almost everybody here accepts was very deceptive.

LOL the presumptioness is very funny

by DTOzone 2009-04-20 08:39PM | 0 recs
I see

Its becoming clear that the ambitious candidate Mr. Obama appeared to many to be is turning into a timid President

Clear to whom? The New York Times? Color me unimpressed.

by DTOzone 2009-04-19 07:58AM | 0 recs
You forgot

to add that he supports more genetic research designed to create a master race.

by JJE 2009-04-19 08:02AM | 0 recs
Actually, genetic research can reveal many new

approaches in medicine.

The objection that many people pose is that the risk model of health insurance pricing considers any and all information to be fair game in their goal of insuring those who need it the least, and not insuring those who need it the most.

The Dems as well as the GOP pretend that it doesn't happen, but ask any HR person you know, of course, it does. As long as we have our current health insurance model, older people will have trouble finding jobs.

And people who have been sick, or who have a family member who has been sick, will find themselves inexplicably unemployed, even when they clearly are the best person for the job.

Theres another important issue which we are avoiding, thats a gradual, but exponential technological shift in the workplace, a change that is making all but the most skilled people less and less necessary.

Technology is the reason business is more and more profitable, and that any given profession increasingly requires more skill in order to remain employed.

Changes from the inception of a new method, through its commoditization and mass marketing, are very rapid.

Individuals and small companies find the barriers to entry daunting unless they are very adaptable.

Some of us are, but many of us arent. Those people aren't being helped by our government the way they should be.

Lets face it, in 20 years, nomatter how much most of us want to work, there wont be those jobs we need. That bright future is a contrived fiction.

This "recession" isn't temporary.

by architek 2009-04-20 08:42PM | 0 recs
so hard to keep up

two weeks ago, he was "doing too much". Now he's too timid. Where are journalists getting these narratives, a Ouija board?

by Neef 2009-04-19 03:09PM | 0 recs
Re: so hard to keep up

No, from "many people"!

by Jess81 2009-04-19 04:25PM | 0 recs
You work hard to make things up

If I was a nut, they wouldn't care.

But, they do.

I may get emotional, but I'm not a nut.

At least I'm human and can still feel.

by architek 2009-04-20 08:45PM | 0 recs
They read a blog or talk to a person

and then call a meeting and try to craft a storyline behind what some guy told them on the street or on a blog.

I'm not kidding...I used to work for the MSM.

by DTOzone 2009-04-19 05:54PM | 0 recs
I'm sure your current line of work

is far more lucrative..

by architek 2009-04-20 08:45PM | 0 recs
Too Timid

Life is too short:

A) to waste it reading Diaries like this.
B) to think up more snarky responses.
C) WE'RE DOOMED!
D) Party in my tummy Yo Gabba Gabba Gr33n Slim3

by QTG 2009-04-21 05:58AM | 0 recs
why do you

then?

by architek 2009-04-21 12:17PM | 0 recs
Re: why do you

 Because deep down inside I'm convinced that I can help you to see the errors in your reasoning. If only I repeat myself, ad nauseum, each time I see you posting what can only be cries for help - perhaps there will be a break through and you will release the anger you have bottled up inside from the Primaries. Call me a silly optimist, but I'd rather think of it as a manifestation of my fundamentally gentle (even maternal), caring, and sensitive nature.

by QTG 2009-04-21 01:10PM | 0 recs

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