Saturday, June 06, 2009

The problem with Obama's centrism that the symbolic significance of strangely mature (if still vague) rhetoric aside (and this is not nothing, these days, but at the same time we are also overwhelmed, preoccupied to the point of sheer distraction with symbolism–future billions to be spent lobbying gay marriage, anyone?), his proposals for action both amount to corporatism and remain profoundly undemocratic. Which is not to say all corporatism is somehow magically avoidable. However the current structure could easily reflect a higher degree of democratic influence; this is what frustrates. With public opinion of fundamentalist capitalism being what it is now, if Obama cannot grow a pair, then when? Of course the resulting stability, quality of life and intelligence and god knows equality of opportunity wouldn't be bad either. Mike Lux makes the point with regard to health care. Meanwhile here in "conservative" North Carolina, 85% of the population feels strongly that the free-loading rich should be taxed higher (God forbid, even back to levels under Reagan!) before a single teacher position is cut, and class sizes raised to cover massive budget shortfalls and Obama's demand for budget cuts.

Are they listening? Of course not.

Meanwhile the teacher pseudo-union, NCAE, wasted precious months in brick-headed denial fighting tooth and nail against any potential temporary freeze on scheduled minimal pay increases, willfully blind to the larger reality, i.e., that any state employee still with a job at this point should simply count their blessings.

Was the NCAE drawing their long-term strategy from a keg, or what? This is worse than a John Updike novel.

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