In a lengthy and slobberingly wide ranging interview the faux-intellectuals at Vox.com have succeeded at giving President Obama yet another opportunity to explain why nothing is ever his fault and is usually the fault of people who disagree with or oppose him.
Ezra Klein, chief minister of propaganda from Vox was happy to sit down and discuss several popular liberal bugaboos with the President. We’ll share just a few snippets of their incredibly close-minded and one-sided interview.
On Why Income Inequality has Gotten Worse under Obama
Well, this has been at least a three-decade-long trend. And this was a major topic in my State of the Union address. We obviously came in at a time of enormous crisis, and the first task was making sure we didn’t have a complete global economic meltdown. The steps we took, whether making sure the financial system was functioning — saving the auto industry, encouraging state and local spending — all those things made a difference in buoying the economy…
In some ways we’re now back to the position where we can focus on what is this longer-term trend, and that is a larger and larger share of wealth and income going to the very top, and the middle class or folks trying to get into the middle class feeling increasingly squeezed because their wages have stagnated.
Now, there are a whole bunch of reasons for that…
Why is he the Most Polarizing President Ever?
Well, there are a couple of things that in my mind, at least, contribute to our politics being more polarized than people actually are. And I think most people just sense this in their daily lives. Everybody’s got a family member or a really good friend from high school who is on the complete opposite side of the political spectrum. And yet, we still love them, right? Everybody goes to a soccer game, or watching their kids, coaching, and they see parents who they think are wonderful people, and then if they made a comment about politics, suddenly they’d go, “I can’t believe you think that!” But a lot of it has to do with the fact that a) the balkanization of the media means that we just don’t have a common place where we get common facts and a common worldview the way we did 20, 30 years ago. And that just keeps on accelerating, you know. And I’m not the first to observe this, but you’ve got the Fox News/Rush Limbaugh folks and then you’ve got the MSNBC folks and the — I don’t know where Vox falls into that, but you guys are, I guess, for the brainiac-nerd types. But the point is that technology which brings the world to us also allows us to narrow our point of view. That’s contributed to it.
Gerrymandering contributes to it. There’s no incentive for most members of Congress, on the House side at least, in congressional districts, to even bother trying to appeal. And a lot of it has to do with just unlimited money. So people are absorbing an entirely different reality when it comes to politics, even though the way they’re living their lives and interacting with each other isn’t that polarizing. So my advice to a future president is increasingly try to bypass the traditional venues that create divisions and try to find new venues within this new media that are quirkier, less predictable.
One thing you’ve probably noticed is that President Obama wasn’t able to find any reason that he might bear some responsibility on either of these problems. If you go on to read the entire interview (series of interview actually) you’ll find that this trend continues. President Obama seems to be literally incapable of understanding that he does bear at least some of the responsibility for our current struggles on these and many other issues.
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