Thom Hartmann continues to play the nonsensical game of blaming the GOP for the overwhelming majority of our political corruption when both parties are thoroughly complicit, the primary business of each being to craft and sell legislation to the rich.
Obama and the Dems turned 2 wars into 7, made the Bush tax cuts permanent, gave us a right-wing health care plan, did nothing to protect the vote, vastly expanded the U.S. military in Africa, sold record arms to Saudi Arabia, destroyed Libya and turned it into a terrorist haven, signed the fewest Executive Orders in a century, let the GOP steal a Supreme Court seat without paying any price at all, lied to us about card check, let the banks get even bigger, refused to use the US president’s vast antitrust powers, ended habeus corpus for the first time since the Civil War…, on and on.
Obama also signed 32 Executive Orders a year, the fewest in a century. FDR signed 350 a year. Had Obama wanted to get around GOP Congresses, he could have gone much, much farther than he did. The president also owns formidable trustbusting powers, which Obama rarely exercised. The sad, sad truth is that Obama governed much as he wanted to, as a Reagan Republican on an overwhelming majority of issues.
Another test of the Obama presidency was, when it came to working on behalf of everyday Americans, why is it that he almost always ended up doing the least it was possible to do? Where, for example, were the missing 318 Executive Orders he could have been writing on our behalf? Answer: He didn’t want to.
Or, rather, his owners did not want him to.