Black People Politics : Promises To The Poor, or Promises to the Rich? Which Ones Does Barack Obama Intend To Keep?

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by Bruce Dixon

By the first days of his presidency, Barack Obama made direct promises to see NAFTA
renegotiated, to raise the minimum wage in his first months in office, to close
Guantanamo, to create a path to citizenship for the undocumented, to make union
organizing easier, to cease kidnappings, secret imprisonment and torture, and craft an
open, transparent process for the drafting of what became known as Obamacare. The
thing of it was, that all these were promises made to poor people. Thus they
were of little and soon disregarded. But they were not his only promises.


Barack Obama made other early promises as well -- to wealthy interests, to the
Pentagon, to Wall Street and London banksters, to charter school sugar daddies, the
galaxy of public employees and private contractors euphemistically known as the
“intelligence community.” He promised them that no torturers would stand trial,
military manpower and budgets would continue to rise, that greedy drug companies and
would be reined in, and that Wall Street would be protected against the mobs and their
pitchforks, and apparently that public education would be privatized. Unlike his promises
to the poor,President Obama has striven mightily to keep all these.

With a good 33 more months left in the White House, President Obama apparently has a
few more promises to make. He'll likely keep some of them. If the first 63 months of his
tenure are any guide, and you want to know which promises will be kept, the handwriting
is on the wall. The promises made to the wealthy and powerful will get first priority. The
pledges made to the legions of ordinary people who made his career possible, not so much.


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