Obama governed like a right-winger on steroids at home and abroad. And we are paying the price.
1. On Healthcare, because of Obama’s betrayals, we are now forced to pay ever-increasing amounts to insurance cartels who leave 31 million Americans without health care. Obama was more willing to compromise than he was willing represent the people who elected him. America is the only Western-industrialized democracy where transnational insurance cartels call the shots and determine the costs of health care.
2. On Immigration, Obama deported in excess of two million people, more than any president in history. He broke up families for no apparent reason. “Deportations have become so rampant that 61 percent of immigrant Hispanics said that deportation relief is more important than a pathway to citizenship.”
3. The banksters: ” He has not made bringing criminal bankers to justice a priority, and his administration was clearly a revolving door for Wall Street. The biggest and most dangerous banks—JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo—are even bigger than they were before the crisis. Scarcely a week passes without news of some new abuse committed by these institutions.
Obama failed to support obvious measures to rein in Wall Street, such as the financial transaction tax, and Dodd-Frank has been mostly defanged. Banks have enjoyed special treatment and record-breaking profits during Obama’s tenure, while ordinary Americans have struggled.”
10. Obama, once seen as the anti-war candidate, has Bush soundly beat in the number of secret wars with unconventional forces spread across the globe. “In the waning days of the Bush presidency, Special Operations forces were reportedly deployed in about 60 countries around the world . . . In 2013, elite U.S. forces were deployed in 134 countries around the globe . . . This 123% increase during the Obama years demonstrates how, in addition to conventional wars and a CIA drone campaign, public diplomacy and extensive electronic spying, the U.S. has engaged in still another significant and growing form of overseas power projection. Conducted largely in the shadows by America’s most elite troops, the vast majority of these missions take place far from prying eyes, media scrutiny, or any type of outside oversight, increasing the chances of unforeseen blowback and catastrophic consequences.”
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