It Was Obama’s Election to Lose, and He Did It Well

I didn’t vote for him, but when he was elected, I at least had hope for the change he promised. Then Day 2 came and it started falling apart. Now he has lost the House in the mid-terms and we are at the mercy of the even more corrupt, John Boehner.

Obama got the R’s elected, for the same reasons Bush got him elected: terrible leadership.

His appointments have been atrocious; Larry Summers, Tim Geithner, Rahm Emanuel, lobbyists for the financial and health care industries. And we criticized Dick Cheney and his Enron and oil company co-conspirators?

Obama should have said on Day 1:

“My Esteemed Colleagues, it will no longer be more of the same. The first bill I want on my desk is the Fair Elections Now Act. We will pass that using the reconciliation process requiring only 50 Senate votes, and there will be no more filibusters in the future.

Next I want a pledge from every Democrat in the House and Senate that he or she will refuse special interest money and only take small donations from their constituency under the Fair Elections Act’s matching funds. No money from out of state and none from lobbyists.

For those not complying, don’t even think of passing a bill without a veto. If I am to become a one-term president, it will be because of me, not because of a corrupt Democratic party. If it takes only the Democrats to run this country, so be it. We have the votes, and if we do our job right we will keep the votes.

Now let’s get to work.”

But he didn’t say that, and the R’s were ecstatic. He single-handedly blew his opportunity to be a historical president. Nobody else did this for him. Not even the R’s were smart enough to get it done. It took Obama’s special talent and a lot of special interest bribes.

He had 60 votes in the senate and instead chose “bipartisanship.”  That, with an opposing party that promised him his head on a silver platter. But that’s what his corporate funders wanted and that’s what they got. He deserves the massive losses.

He remained totally and conspicuously mute while the corrupt Max Baucus took millions in bribes from the health care industry and kept a Medicare-for-all health plan off the table. A bill, incidentally, that was supported by 65% of the people and would have bailed out 100% of the employers that use U.S. workers, and helped to create American jobs.

Of course, Obama received $20 million too, so we know about his own motives.

Before we can fix the economic system or health care — or more importantly, the outsourcing of our jobs, democracy and economy — we must first fix the political system that got us to where we are today. Unfortunately, neither the politicians nor their corporate owners agree. Neither does the media, which gets massive advertising dollars from insurance and the financial industries.

We have serious problems. We desperately need good (better!) health care and financial reforms but these industries own our politicians, both Republican and Democrat alike. They work for us but take money from them. And the Tea Partiers are not helping matters, complaining about the effect but ignoring the cause: Cash bribes.

We must come together on this.

Jack Lohman is a retired business owner from Colgate, WI and author of Politicians - Owned and Operated by Corporate America. He is publisher of and can be reached at: Read other articles by Jack.

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  1. Hue Longer said on November 4th, 2010 at 11:49am #

    Hello Jack.

    You said, “They work for us but take money from them”.

    That means they do not work for us and even if there is some noble underpinning saying they do (there really isn’t) despite who is paying for them? They don’t

  2. jlohman said on November 4th, 2010 at 12:04pm #

    Hue, it is clear that we pay their salary, medical care and retirement, which covers their living expenses, but they “perform” for the special interests that fund their elections and keep them in power. Yea, sometimes enough voters get angry enough to clean house, but by and large we have a corporately-run congress. We will never get our democracy back until we have public funding of campaigns.

  3. kanomi said on November 4th, 2010 at 1:54pm #

    Jack. I appreciate where you are coming from. You are right in the problems you delineate. I agree with you. I like your honesty.

    But we have been sitting here looking at political corruption, corporate influence, and the Lobby controlling American domestic and foreign policy. For years.

    In essay writing, you should end with a bang. You end with: “We must come together on this.”

    That’s a whimper. A platitude. It means nothing.

    It doesn’t mean anything because the billionaires who own the foundations direct the corporations that run the media and fund both political puppet parties, and they will drown us out every single day.

    Every day.

  4. jlohman said on November 4th, 2010 at 2:03pm #

    That was intended for the Tea Partiers who, at last count, pledge to destroy campaign finance reform. That is pure stupidity. It will be very interesting when all of these conservative “spending cutters” find out that what causes spending is the special interests that funded their campaigns. The spending will not cease. Taxes will continue to go up and the Tea Partiers will take a bath with us.

  5. kanomi said on November 4th, 2010 at 2:16pm #

    If the Left continues to demean and debase the rank and file of the Tea Party, who are just ordinary Americans, handicapped by a state run educational system and omnipresent entertainment complex deliberately designed to turn them into obedient workers (see: John Taylor Gatto) and mindless consumers (No Logo), then you are right, there will never be an end to spending and taxes and war and criminal looting.

    If the Liberals continues to chuckle along with Jon Stewart and demean working class Americans, while clinging to their vaguely intellectual gatekeeper jobs as the country is ass-raped by criminal bankers; if the Left allows the Right to take the loyalty of the working class, out of abject moral cowardice:

    Then there will be Fascism. That was Hitler’s road, and the path of every other fascist.

  6. jlohman said on November 4th, 2010 at 2:27pm #

    Look, there are left fringes and right fringes, but only one bottom line. We have a corrupt political system and if the Tea Partiers succeed in blocking campaign reform we are due for a long depression.

  7. kanomi said on November 4th, 2010 at 2:45pm #

    What campaign reforms? There are no campaign reforms proposed. What are you talking about? What imaginary campaign reforms are the strawmen tea partiers blocking?

    The Citizens United case should tell you all you need to know about so-called campaign reforms: a lackey Supreme Court mandated a kleptocracy of one dollar, one vote, and none of your elected clowns or media prostitutes even whimpered the day democracy was buried.

  8. jlohman said on November 4th, 2010 at 2:57pm #

    See and
    Campaign Cash: Tea Party Vows To Block Campaign Finance Reform

    The Supreme Court will not block a candidate who “voluntarily” trades campaign limits for public funding.

  9. kanomi said on November 4th, 2010 at 4:24pm #

    I’d like to believe the bill sponsors cared that much about fair elections, but why did they wait so long to get a bill like that together?

    Call me a cynic, or a coldblooded realist, but your party had two years with majorities in both houses and the Presidency to reform elections and yet they did … nothing. Nothing but give more money to a criminal banking cartel and rapacious war profiteers.

    And now they have the perfect Straw Man to blame – “That dastardly Tea Party!” – for the failure to change anything.

  10. jlohman said on November 4th, 2010 at 4:50pm #

    First let me say that “my party” is the R’s. I voted for Bush twice and McCain in 2008. Though I’d now like a do-over on Bush and would like to change my 2008 vote to Ron Paul. And yes, I do remember the Bush/Paulson fiasco and did not approve of it.

    But secondly, this is NOT a partisan issue. They are BOTH corrupt, and that’s why it has taken so long to get anyone to introduce the Fair Elections Now Act. But we now have it and we should push the hell out of it.

  11. hayate said on November 4th, 2010 at 8:23pm #

    “I voted for Bush twice and McCain in 2008. ”


  12. jlohman said on November 5th, 2010 at 4:14am #

    Well, we aren’t all always smart, and my only other choice was the Dems (unless you are one of those who like to throw your vote away).

  13. Deadbeat said on November 5th, 2010 at 5:20pm #

    One important aspect of Capitalism is that it finds a way around barriers. This “Fair Election Bill” will just be yet another “reform” that will end badly.

  14. kalidas said on November 5th, 2010 at 6:45pm #

    All is well in P.T. Barnumville.

    President OBarnum has suffered a scheduled implosion, is all.

  15. hayate said on November 7th, 2010 at 2:28am #

    jlohman said on November 5th, 2010 at 4:14am #

    “Well, we aren’t all always smart, and my only other choice was the Dems (unless you are one of those who like to throw your vote away).”

    It’s a common impression that americans don’t do irony.

    Except accidentally…. ;D