Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Mar 2010 23:18 UTC
In the News And thus, our true colours reveal. Since Obama was the young newcomer, technically savvy, many of us were hoping that he might support patent and/or copyright reform. In case our story earlier on this subject didn't already tip you off, this certainly will: Obama has sided squarely with the RIAA/MPAA lobby, and backs ACTA. No copyright and/or patent reform for you, American citizens!
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selling out
by ozonehole on Sat 13th Mar 2010 01:22 UTC
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Obama started selling out us progressives even before he got elected by supporting the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. This was the surveillance bill that gave retroactive immunity to the telecom companies that assisted the Bush administration in its warrantless wiretapping program.

I was hoping that was just a fluke, but it was only the beginning. I've watched how Obama has handed out literally trillions of dollars to corporate criminals in the form of bailouts. In pure dollar amounts, in less than one year Obama has already outdone Bush in terms of corporate welfare.

Everyone with an interest in this should read Matt Taibbi's excellent article in Rolling Stone:

Let's just start calling Obama what he really is, Bush III.

One poster above thought that the USA might not exist 100-200 years from now. I don't even give it 10-20. The nation is bankrupt, both morally and financially, and on the verge of civil war. And the whole reason for this can be summed up in two words, "corporate greed."

And as a US citizen (now an expat), all the above pains me. I watch in amazement a nation that was once the most powerful in the world self-destruct. Now I understand what happened to the Roman Empire.

Edited 2010-03-13 01:24 UTC

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RE: selling out
by StychoKiller on Sat 13th Mar 2010 03:58 in reply to "selling out"
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It's a repeat of the "Bread and Circuses" syndrome, only this time it's Medicare/Medicaid (and all of the other entitlement programs!), and wasting money on the Olympics, among other boondoggles! Why are Countries spending money on the Olympics when a percentage of their citizens are in poverty and in need of assistance?
I'm sure that there are even better analogies to the "Circuses" part of the equation -- someone please supply them!

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RE: selling out
by MadRat on Mon 15th Mar 2010 06:34 in reply to "selling out"
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I think your 100-200 years is overstated twentyfold. It may not sustain itself 5-10 years from now the way the people have sat on their hands. You cannot sustain a republic without the majority of the political capital working towards sustaining its momentum. Republics are fragile by nature and need constant nurturing. It doesn't take a genius to look around and see a lack of harmony amongst the voters.

Until people dump the two party system in America there is no way to steer around the proverbial iceberg. The money supply exploded last year and inflation barely budged; who us kidding who? The real financial crunch is still on the horizon. When the piper comes a calling the nation we know it will change or die.

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