You can't spend six months frightening people by warning them that they're headed into a Great Depression and then be surprised when they're "outraged" that hundreds of millions of dollars in taxpayer money are being shoveled into the pockets of those who helped bring the situation about. ...One wouldn't think this would not be a difficult concept.
Many, or most, of the citizenry saw Obama's candidacy as a potential for real change from a government for the Robber Baron elite to a government for the people, the citizens. The media that switched to Obama, or at least stopped hindering his candidacy, did so, probably with the acceptance of those same Robber Barons, because Obama gave enough indications that any plans he was proposing to change the governance of the US back to considering the people over the continued transfer of wealth to the Robber Barons were very malleable.
The more we see, the more it's apparent that those plans were not only malleable, in the details they are designed for the Robber Barons at the expense of the people. While pretending change, it's still the people who pay and the Robber Baron corporations who reap the benefits. And do the people pay, directly and indirectly, in the form of taxes, fees, lower wages, joblessness, poor education, poor health care, destruction of their environment, a poisoned food supply, and on and on. And the people pay morally because they are held responsible for all the ills of the system, after all if they were responsible people they would have a job and would be rich, that's the American way, so if they are jobless or poor then obviously it's their fault.
Of course it's not their fault in the Republican talking point sense. But it is their fault, in another sense, as long as they accept the lies, don't make their will known, and allow themselves to be played off one against the other.
"I want change I can believe in," he told me in an interview late yesterday. "I don't think I have change I can notice."
--Dem Rep. Miller Interview: No 'Change I Can Notice' At Obama's Treasury by Elana Schor, talkingpointsmemo.com
... Isn't it funny how "reform" always means citizens get less while corporations get more?
--Here We Go Again: Does Malpractice 'Reform' Mean Less Protection for Victims? By Susie Madrak, crooksandliars.com
This was bad analysis, bad policy, and terrible politics. This administration, elected on the promise of change, has already managed, in an astonishingly short time, to create the impression that it’s owned by the wheeler-dealers. And that leaves it with no ability to counter crude populism.
--AIG by Paul Krugman, NY Times