With Bush, at least liberals and DNC apologists knew that the person in the White House was trying to fuck us over.
So today, February 13th, it’s been reported in the AP, that an administration official says that Barack Obama is proposing to cut $100 billion over ten years from Pell Grants.
What happened to the state of the union? What happened to “investing in our future?” How is it that Barack Obama is still being supported by Democrats, liberals, and progressives?
Well, here’s how this is all going to go down:
First, actual progressives are going to raise a red flag and say, “WHAT THE FUCK?! THIS IS BULLSHIT!”
Second, the conservatives with step in and say, “OBAMA ISN”T GOING FAR ENOUGH! WE need to cut pell grants entirely. Let the free market decide who needs an education and who doesn’t.”
Third, with this new conservative foil to play against, mindless DNC apologists are going to step into the fray and defend Obama and thus defend these massive cuts to college education. They’ll try to tell you that it’s not as bad as it seems, or that it would be worse if Palin was president, so we should just shut up and be happy with what we have, and that actual progressives are just a fringe minority who don’t know what we’re talking about.
This dialogue will play out in the media so that the national dialogue becomes whether we should cut Pell Grants by $100 billion over ten years, or cut them entirely. The progressive position of “why the fuck aren’t we raising taxes on the rich, and cutting military spending?” Doesn’t fit into the dichotomous narrative of liberal vs conservative, and so it doesn’t get heard. Because it’s a position that’s only advocated for by “fringe wackos who don’t know what they’re talking about.”
When it ends up being “only $100 billion” that's cut, the DNC apologists will say, "phew! It was a tough battle, but we won! Let’s pat ourselves on the back for this victory!"
And the rich will continue to to get richer, just like under the Republican.
And the middle class will become working poor, just like under the Republican.
And the number of the poor will continue to grow, just like under the Republican.
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