Desmond: I stand corrected, misread on my part. But "....the GOP is a lackey for ultraconservatives" ..... there you go again .
The Obama administration more and more reminds me of the Wilson government (Harold Wilson, that is) in Britain in the 1970s - 'lackey' (to use your term) of the unions and the public sector. Obama is a class warrior of the old school - almost makes me feel nostalgic for the days of my youth. Actually Obama is more like Michael Foot than Harold Wilson, and not because Wilson was smarter.
Sorry, I don't live in the 1970's. It is now 2013, and in 43 years, the world has turned upside down.
I try to deal with reality, not nostalgia. So in that way, your musings are reminiscent of our GOP, which, before the 2012 elections, would have loved to bring back the 1950's. I mean, I enjoyed Ozzie and Harriett and Lassie when I was a child, and could ignore the social issues of which I was not aware - but today? We can't turn back the clock.
While I agree with the GOP that entitlements and government must be reformed to curtail spending - they typically go to the extreme in their solutions. Looking at who funded Romney and the State Republican Governments versus who funded Obama, I think it's safe to say the GOP is the lackey of the ultraconservative wealthy.
Now the GOP is beginning to see that they are a party of losers at certain federal levels (the White House) unless they change their tune. So they are beginning to change policy on the surface.
As to Obama and unions, he supports the middle class where unions exist. I don't blame him - the middle class has lost jobs that we will never recover. And while we can blame our businessmen and unions for jobs going overseas, that is the past. The present is that technology is eliminating middle class jobs. More technology means more robots and less humans. Those jobs are not coming back.
We need to retrain our people to software and software maintenance, and have them consider new avenues of employment. The '70's-90's are gone, and those jobs aren't coming back. So Obama must support the middle class - he must also get Congress involved. We need an imaginative plan to renew the middle class.