Saturday, September 03, 2011


My libertarian friends are fond of trumpeting all of the alleged failures of the Obama administration. For the record I find myself becoming disillusioned as well for his less than sterling performance in a few specific areas.

  • "Obamacare:" this was not healthcare reform - this was insurance re-form. What we needed was a single-payer system, like Canada. What we got was bullshit. I don't care what they say, this was a giant french-kiss to the leviathan that is the insurance industry in this country. FAIL.
  • Copyright and Intellectual Property issues: the Music and Movie industries (RIAA and MPAA) have lots of money and absolutely no shame.These are the people who have attempted to argue that the musicians who record albums produced "work for hire," who use their ratings system to lock out independent filmmakers, who use their army of attorneys to shut down websites without any sort of due process, who work to erode *your* rights under copyright law. Obama lined up beside this group of jackals early and continues to embrace and defend them. not to mention fill his administration with their hired hands. FAIL.
  • Patriot Act: surely one of the worst abuses to come out of the cynical and manipulative Bush administration. So what happened when it came time to sunset it? Obama signed a 3 year extension. FAIL.
Despite these appalling fails, chances are I'll vote for him again.

Have you seen the Republicans?

1 comment:

Dan Brekke said...

All this stuff has been on my mind, too, doctor. It's telling that the decision about the 2012 election comes down to "what's the alternative?"