Obama, Clinton: Stealthily Regressive

Patrice Ayme's Thoughts

So much lying! So much naivety! Oh Blah blah! Obama! Obamacare! Obama cares not: yes, GDP of the wealthiest, the .1% has been growing. But, in truth, Clinton and Obama were the most stingy presidents of the last 66 years. Far from being progressives, they were the top two regressives and regressors. Here is the graph:

Clinton And Obama Were The Less Progressive Presidents In 66 Years Clinton And Obama Were The Less Progressive Presidents In 66 Years

I do not expect the insulting fanatics who worship Clinton and Obama to understand the preceding graph. Let me explain a bit more for the others.  The graph above looks at United States government purchases of goods and services. It looks at the purchases at all levels: local, state, and federal. Such purchases are, actually buying real stuff, and work, in contradistinction with transfer payments like Social Security and Medicare.

[Why was there a decrease around 1950? Because of super giant spending due to the Second…

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  1. Well Clinton and Obama couldn’t been anything more then regressive considering that they both had very regressive Republican Congresses opposing them for much of their terms. In fact From 1995 , and for the foreseeable future (because of gerrymandering ) , Republicans have always been in Control of the House of Representative expect for 4 years between 2007 and 2011 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_House_of_Representatives#/media/File:Combined–Control_of_the_U.S._House_of_Representatives_-_Control_of_the_U.S._Senate.png . Coincidentally those 4 years are the four years in the last 2 decades in which Patrice’s graph shows a big spending increase. Now to the uniformed the decrease in spending might seem the fault of the executive. But the informed knows that in the USA it is the House of Representatives that votes Budgets and controls the money, not the President. If the House dose not want a certain expense approved there is nothing the President can do. Executive orders can not be used to pass Budget Laws. And considering that both during the Clinton era and during the Obama era the Republicans in the House have been very vociferous there was nothing that either president could do then sacrifice part of their platform. Lets not forget the fiasco with sequestrations: the Republican Congress preferred to block the budget law then accept the cuts Obama wanted.

    As for the other big increase in Spending during the Bush Jr. era it has nothing to do with useful spending such as infrastructure and schools. That increase is because of the approval of those big ticket contracts that bankrupted the DOD and which were approved in those 4 years. I’m talking of course of the F-35, DD(X), LCS and FCS (Future Combat System). And it’s probably these programs that kept spending level for the rest of the Bush presidency.

    • The problem is that even then, Obama appointed several neoliberals to various positions in his Cabinet.

      Even if the Democrats had full control, they would not have passed a left wing agenda. They would have done what the plutocrats wanted and that is austerity.

      • “The problem is that even then, Obama appointed several neoliberals to various positions in his Cabinet.”

        Blame it on his lack of experience and wishful thinking. On of the reasons why choosing an outsider with little political experience for such a high position is not always a good thing, they will wrongly believe that appointing opposition members in their cabinet will be beneficial.

        “Even if the Democrats had full control, they would not have passed a left wing agenda. They would have done what the plutocrats wanted and that is austerity.”

        You don’t know that. With a Democrat in the White House it would have been very hard for them to justify such a mentality. I think it would have been somewhere in the middle.

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