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I Hadn't Expected Anything Different

And despite my total lack of faith in any of his campaign promises, Obama still managed to leave me with a sense of disappointment at how completely he managed to not deliver. I don't know why. I pretty much expected it all to be bullshit. Prolly cause fnord12 likes to try to keep things positive in the house. Sucker.


Obama Celebrates Nine Years of Doing Nothing About Money in Politics

In 2007, Obama said, "The cynics, and the lobbyists, and the special interests [have] turned our government into a game only they can afford to play. ... They think they own this government, but we're here today to take it back."

On Wednesday, Obama told the Illinois legislature, "We have to reduce the corrosive influence of money in our politics that makes people feel like the system is rigged."

This time, of course, Obama is president and could actually do something about it. There are many actions he could take on his own, without approval from Congress or the courts. In particular, he could issue an executive order requiring federal contractors to disclose any "dark money" contributions to politically active nonprofits.


Activists have delivered over 1 million signatures to the White House demanding that Obama sign an executive order on dark money. A similar petition set up via the White House website's system passed the 100,000 signatory threshold requiring the Obama administration to respond.

The White House recently posted a desultory answer to the petition that quotes Obama as saying that "We have to reduce the influence of money in our politics" -- but doesn't acknowledge the petition's demand that Obama, not "we," take specific action. Kurt Walters, campaign manager at Rootstrikers and one of the petition's organizers, called the response "offensive to the millions of Americans demanding an end to secret money influencing elections."

Always set the bar low. That way, if people do manage to do anything at all, you're pleasantly surprised.

By min | February 11, 2016, 9:34 AM | Liberal Outrage


Always set the bar low. That way, if people do manage to do anything at all, you're pleasantly surprised.

That's how I live my life. Haha :(