Yvette Carnell: What Did Obama Tell You Last Night? Not Much
by Yvette Carnell
Last night, President Obama told an enthralled DNC crowd that he “hadn’t given up hope” and that “it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over decades.” Fine. We get that. But what does that tell you, if anything, about how Mr. Obama plans to move this country FORWARD? Specifics, please?
Obama roared the crowd, boldly framing the election as a contrast between two men who couldn’t be more different:
When all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation…. The choice you face won’t be just between two candidates or two parties.
I guess so, but that choice is mostly based on our assumptive fears of Romney and projected hope for Obama. Neither of these men has clearly plotted a path forward post 2012, or defined a clear agenda.
Other than bringing the jobs back (not gonna happen) and cutting the debt, can anyone tell me what either of these men has planned for 2012 and beyond?
In last night’s speech, President Obama said a lot about what he wouldn’t do:
I refuse to ask middle class families to give up their deductions for owning a home or raising their kids just to pay for another millionaire’s tax cut. I refuse to ask students to pay more for college; or kick children out of Head Start programs, to eliminate health insurance for millions of Americans who are poor, and elderly, or disabled, all so those with the most can pay less. I’m not going along with that. And I will—I will never turn Medicare into a voucher.
But what will he do? Even if he isn’t going to turn Medicare into a voucher program, is he going to cut it? Gut it? Is he going to unilaterally cut domestic programs, as he did during his first term? There was more left unsaid than said last night, and that wasn’t by chance. It was so that a second Obama administration can do whatever it likes with a second term, without its voters whimpering about how Obama has gone back on his word. Best to keep your real agenda vague and close to the vest.
Before you get your knickers in a knot, understand that I’m not advocating that you vote for Mitt Romney, or stay home. The fix is in, but that doesn’t mean you have to be happy or excited about it. Yes, you’d probably be better off stemming the tide, holding your nose, and giving Obama a go, but that certainly doesn’t require that you play stupid, as we all did in 2008.
You can vote to reelect President Obama, if you so choose, with a clear minded understanding that his second term will be a lot like his first, with plenty of cave-ins to Republicans and “let me be clear” excuses. But there’s nothing wrong with making the choice that cave-ins to Republicans are better than handing over the reigns to them. That’s a sober minded assessment based on a real choice. I’m not saying that Romney is a better choice than Obama. He’s not. What I am saying is that there wasn’t a lot of hope and change in last night’s speech, just like there wasn’t a lot of hope and change in Obama’s first four years. Know that, plan accordingly, and modulate your expectations. Last night, Hope and Change both officially left the building. Lesser Evil 2012, here we come.
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