I am really worried about President Barack Obama. When he first ran for president, he was Barack, the proud son of an African man. No disrespect, but now he seems to be acting like Barry, the sheltered son of a Caucasian woman.
I know if an African American says anything contrary about the president that person will be hated by the people who are glad just to have a president with a few drops of black blood in him.
However, I don’t care. I’m going to tell my people what’s going on and I don’t care if Obama lovers like it or not.
What prompted this column was a report that the president has suggested cuts for Medicare and Social Security as Congress tackles the fiscal crisis facing the nation.
Everyone who lives long enough will have paid taxes that go towards Medicare and Social Security and will also probably need some, if not all, of the benefits of those two programs.
I understand compromise and I understand how Obama would like to be remembered as “The Compromise President” but why do elderly, poor and disabled Americans always have to have programs for them cut, compromised and dismantled?
Do you remember when Obama the candidate talked about changing the culture of Washington? Do you recollect all of the talk about no lobbyist control of the White House and the Congress during the Obama watch?
Well, after two elections, where, each time, the president got 90 to 95 percent of all black votes cast, the White House is the whitest thing in the Chocolate City.
When the whole world got robbed by U.S. bankers, the president put bankers in charge of investigating bank crooks.
I know you don’t like for me to write stuff like this but it’s true. If an alien came down from outer space and landed in the Rose Garden, he or she just might think Goldman Sachs is running America.
Goldman Sachs is recognized as one of the premier investment banks in the world but it has sparked a great deal of controversy over its alleged improper practices, especially since the 2007-12 global financial crisis.
Florida Gantt Report readers especially should know about the president’s favorite investment bank firm because their alleged crimes are committed under names like Litton Loan Services, the company that tried to foreclose on homeowners with alleged forged and fake documents.
Since no bankers who ruined the world economy were jailed for financial misconduct, perhaps they could be fined or taxed more, as opposed to cutting social safety net programs.
But the president will not seek to increase taxes on the billionaires who work for Goldman Sachs and other banks.
The president prefers to cut Medicare and Social Security.
If you thought the president was going to help black voters more than he would help white campaign contributors, welcome to the real world.
Hopefully, the president will not go through with cutting Medicare and Social Security and, instead, find a way to tax the rich like he promised.
Hopefully, one day before his term is over he will become a real “president.”
But, today, in my eyes, Barack Obama is no more than George W. Bush dipped in chocolate.
And, if you didn’t know, I’m very fond of one or two members of the Bush family.
Lucius Gantt, a political consultant based in Tallahassee, is author of the book Beast Too: Dead Man Writing which is available at Amazon.com. You can like The Gantt Report page on Facebook and contact Gantt at allworldconsultants.net