in what way is obama's platform comparable to the 90's republicans?
i agree with your summation though. the repubs have been using "extreme leftist" and "socialist" as buzzwords to trigger reactions for so long that when a moderate steps into place they're forced to take it to an even more polarizing extreme, and an increasingly relevant demographic of people are seeing through it.
i still say this is the southern strategy returning to bite the GOP square in the ass
first let me say that platform may not have been the best choice of words; he does tend to say things that aren't totally shitty, and his campaigns (primarily the first) reached quite a few disaffected leftists. the problem is, his policy decisions have been p bad. i'm not really concerned with whether or not he has lied or has simply struggled to negotiate with the loons in the GOP. the fact is, his policy decisions show that he has governed as a "moderate republican"
the individual mandate (the key component of obama's hitler communist care) was championed by the heritage foundation in the 90s, and was the most visible/popular response to the clinton proposal. it is to the right of both the public option and single payer, neither of which obama seemed to give a poo about (unlike much of the rest of the developed world)
Mark Pauly, an economist at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, was one of them. “We were concerned about the specter of single-payer insurance,” he told me recently. The conservative Heritage Foundation soon had an individual-mandate plan of its own, and when President Bill Clinton endorsed an employer mandate in his health-care proposal, both major Republican alternatives centered on an individual mandate. By 1995, more than 20 Senate Republicans — including Chuck Grassley, Orrin Hatch, Dick Lugar and a few others still in office — had signed one individual mandate bill or another.
obama cut taxes by first extending the bush tax cuts, then making 82% of the tax cuts permanent; as a reminder, the marginal rates are quite a bit lower than the clinton-era rates (http://www.cbpp.org/...fa=view&id=3880
newt gingrich and george h.w. bush both supported cap and trade
President George H.W. Bush wanted a solution that relied on the market rather than on government regulation. So in the Clean Air Act of 1990, he proposed a plan that would cap sulfur-dioxide emissions but let the market decide how to allocate the permits. That was “more compatible with economic growth than using only the command and control approaches of the past,” he said. The plan passed easily, with “aye” votes from Sen. Mitch McConnell and then-Rep. Newt Gingrich, among others. In fact, as recently as 2007, Gingrich said that “if you have mandatory carbon caps combined with a trading system, much like we did with sulfur . . . it’s something I would strongly support.”
As Gingrich’s quote suggests, cap and trade didn’t just have Republican support in the 1990s. John McCain included a cap-and-trade plan in his 2008 platform. The same goes for an individual mandate, which Grassley endorsed in June 2009 — mere months before he began calling the policy “unconstitutional.”
he's not totally shitty (DADT, lily ledbetter) but uhhh he's p bad. don't even glance at his economic team if you (rightfully) believe that wall street is the scum of the earth
Barack Obama ran for president as a man of the people, standing up to Wall Street as the global economy melted down in that fateful fall of 2008. He pushed a tax plan to soak the rich, ripped NAFTA for hurting the middle class and tore into John McCain for supporting a bankruptcy bill that sided with wealthy bankers "at the expense of hardworking Americans." Obama may not have run to the left of Samuel Gompers or Cesar Chavez, but it's not like you saw him on the campaign trail flanked by bankers from Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. What inspired supporters who pushed him to his historic win was the sense that a genuine outsider was finally breaking into an exclusive club, that walls were being torn down, that things were, for lack of a better or more specific term, changing.
Then he got elected.