Obama’s strongest speech yet

I don’t know if you’ve been following Obama’s weekly addresses, but his most recent one is his strongest yet. I’m 200+ pages into The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein, and therefore deeply immersed in the impact of “disaster capitalism” – the theory of Milton Friedman that says during crises a country is too traumatized to resist sweeping economic reforms that privatize and sell off countries to the corporations. This is what happened to much of South America (Argentina, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile), to Russia, and to Iraq most recently. It’s also what Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, George W. Bush, and others would like to see happen to America and Britain.

Obama makes it more clear than ever that his mandate is to reverse some of the Friedmanesque changes of the past 8 years.

I know that the insurance industry won’t like the idea that they’ll have to bid competitively to continue offering Medicare coverage, but that’s how we’ll help preserve and protect Medicare and lower health care costs for American families. I know that banks and big student lenders won’t like the idea that we’re ending their huge taxpayer subsidies, but that’s how we’ll save taxpayers nearly $50 billion and make college more affordable. I know that oil and gas companies won’t like us ending nearly $30 billion in tax breaks, but that’s how we’ll help fund a renewable energy economy that will create new jobs and new industries. I know these steps won’t sit well with the special interests and lobbyists who are invested in the old way of doing business, and I know they’re gearing up for a fight as we speak.

My message to them is this: ‘So am I.’

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~ by realsupergirl on March 2, 2009.

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