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An American budget for the rich and powerful - FT.com
President Barack Obama’s budget for 2013 will set off a vitriolic battle. Republicans will rail against the Democrats’ “class warfare” and Democrats will rail against the Republicans’ “coddling of the rich”. Yet it is mostly for show. The rich will win in their fund balances while probably losing at November’s presidential polls, and the poor and working class will probably re-elect Obama but suffer a continuing decline in relative and perhaps absolute incomes.
budget  Barack_Obama  republicans  democrats  inequality 
february 2012 by dissident
Obama Backers Make President Top Fundraiser From Business - Businessweek
Dec. 12 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama, who has been characterized as anti-business by his political opponents, has received more in campaign contributions from business executives this year than any Republican presidential candidate.
Barack_Obama  funding  campaign  contributions  corporate_influence 
december 2011 by dissident
Obama tells Asia US 'here to stay' as a Pacific power | World news | guardian.co.uk
US president Barack Obama tells the Australian parliament the Asia-Pacific region is key to the future
Australia  military  empire  Barack_Obama  China 
november 2011 by dissident
Re-election Strategy Is Tied to a Shift on Smog - NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — The summons from the president came without warning the Thursday before Labor Day. As she was driven the four blocks to the White House, Lisa P. Jackson, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, suspected that the news would not be good. What she did not see coming was a rare public rebuke the president was about to deliver by rejecting her proposal to tighten the national standard for smog.
Barack_Obama  regulation  environment  smog  pollution 
november 2011 by dissident
Obama's jobs advisors include job-cutting executives - latimes.com
In another public demonstration of concern about the struggling economy, President Obama will meet in Pittsburgh on Tuesday with the business and labor leaders he has chosen to counsel him on job creation
Barack_Obama  jobs  labor  council 
october 2011 by dissident
Why Less is More of the Same
Last night President Obama proposed a $447 billion ‘Jobs Act’. What we got from Obama was a 2009 ‘Stimulus Light’ proposal, with all the problems of the prior 2009 stimulus package in the form of inadequate magnitude of spending, wrong composition and targets, and bad timing.
tax_cuts  jobs  Jobs_Act  Barack_Obama  legislation  unemployment  stimulus  economy 
september 2011 by dissident
America, Where Selling Out is the Right Thing to Do « Corey Robin
Among the pundits and the polite, there’s no greater virtue for a political leader than to break with his base and embrace some point or principle of the opposition. In practice, at least since the 1970s, this has meant Democratic politicians getting praise for breaking with their liberal base (Carter, Clinton, Obama) and Republican politicians getting praise for working with their conservative base (Reagan, Bush).
bipartisanship  Corey_Robin  Barack_Obama  media  culture  leadership 
september 2011 by dissident
Obama vs the Democrats
Today, Friday July 22, Obama and House majority leader, Boehner, are reportedly about to agree to a $3 trillion spending cuts only deal. Their original agreement earlier this month, which blew up due to Teapublican radicals’ opposition, called for a $4 trillion combined package of $3 trillion in cuts with $1 trillion from tax loophole closing to raise revenues. Now Obama is about to drop raising tax revenues altogether to get an agreement with Boehner and the Teapublicans to raise the debt ceiling.
Barack_Obama  taxes  tax_cuts  budget  democrats  republicans  debt_ceiling 
july 2011 by dissident
Obama’s Middle East: Rhetoric and Reality by David Bromwich | NYRBlog | The New York Review of Books
Being president of the world has sometimes seemed a job more agreeable to Barack Obama than being president of the United States.
Barack_Obama  Israel  Palestine  reality  rhetoric  Hamas  Middle_East  democracy 
may 2011 by dissident
How Obama enables Israel's worst impulses - Israel - Salon.com
there should be no surprise that where actual peacemaking is concerned, Washington is a day late and a dollar short.
israel  Palestine  Barack_Obama 
may 2011 by dissident
Obama's Unconstitutional War - By Bruce Ackerman | Foreign Policy
By unilaterally going to war against Libya, Obama is bringing America closer to the imperial presidency than Bush ever did.
Barack_Obama  Libya  imperialism  constitution  aggression  war 
may 2011 by dissident
Petraeus would helm an increasingly militarized CIA - The Washington Post
etraeus’s nomination comes at a time when the CIA functions, more than ever in its history, as an extension of the nation’s lethal military force.
CIA  David_Petraeus  militarization  wars  Iraq  Pakistan  Afghanistan  Yemen  Barack_Obama 
may 2011 by dissident
A Bad Trade - by Todd Tucker | Foreign Policy
Obama has swapped smart policy for the same-old job-crushing trade deals.
Panama  Columbia  South_Korea  trade  NAFTA  globalization  Barack_Obama  free_trade 
april 2011 by dissident
Deficits; budget: Bipartisan support for corporate tax rate cuts: Support builds for slicing corporate tax rate - latimes.com
Backers of a proposed cut argue it would make U.S. businesses more competitive. Yet corporations have been paying an increasingly smaller share of federal taxes over the past half century.
taxes  corporations  United_States  Barack_Obama  democrats  loopholes 
april 2011 by dissident
How Many Investigators Does It Take to Catch a Kleptocrat? - By Ken Silverstein | Foreign Policy
Since 2007, U.S. officials have been investigating the rampant corruption of Equatorial Guinea's dangerously debauched president-in-waiting. They haven't gotten far.
democracy  Equatorial_Guinea  United_States  environment  corruption  investigation  ICE  Barack_Obama  George_W_Bush  oil 
april 2011 by dissident
YouTube - Empire - Obama 2.0
Two years after an historic victory that saw the first African-American elected president of the US, Barack Obama has come under pressure. Empire discusses the failures and successes of Barack Obama's presidency.
Barack_Obama  empire  foreign_policy  war  torture  video 
april 2011 by dissident
Obama administration announces massive coal mining expansion | Grist
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced yesterday an enormous expansion in coal mining that threatens to increase U.S. climate pollution by an amount equivalent to more than half of what the United States currently emits in a year.
Ken_Salazar  Barack_Obama  coal  environment  pollution  energy 
march 2011 by dissident
Dana Milbank - Obama's new Gitmo policy is a lot like Bush's old policy
He began his presidency with a pledge to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay within a year. Within months, he realized that was impossible. And now he has essentially formalized George W. Bush's detention policy.
Guantanamo_Bay  Barack_Obama  detention  human_rights 
march 2011 by dissident
Obama's broadband disconnect - POLITICO.com Print View
Underpinning this easily achievable goal is a proposed giveaway of a massive slice of our valuable public airwaves to wireless broadband companies. Though they’ve done a good job convincing Washington politicians there is a “looming spectrum crisis” that requires the American people to surrender this resource with no questions asked, supporting evidence is thin. There’s just no reason we should hand over our airwaves without getting something equally valuable in return.
wireless_spectrum  privatization  FCC  Barack_Obama  internet 
february 2011 by dissident
White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak’s Exit - NYTimes.com
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday.
Barack_Obama  Egypt  negotiation  transition  democracy  United_States  Omar_Suleiman 
february 2011 by dissident
White House wobbles on Egyptian tightrope | Simon Tisdall | Comment is free | The Guardian
the US needs a friendly government in Cairo more than it needs a democratic one. Whether the issue is Israel-Palestine, Hamas and Gaza, Lebanon, Iran, security for Gulf oil supplies, Sudan, or the spread of Islamist fundamentalist ideas, Washington wants Egypt, the Arab world's most populous and influential country, in its corner. That's the political and geostrategic bottom line. In this sense, Egypt's demonstrators are not just fighting the regime. They are fighting Washington, too.
United_States  democracy  Egypt  protest  Barack_Obama  Hillary_Clinton 
january 2011 by dissident
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