I've been thinking about Obama's first 2 yrs v Trump's first 2 yrs. Obama won a huge EV landslide & popular vote majority. He succeeded an unpopular POTUS w/an economy in free fall. Trump won a narrow EV margin, lost the popular vote & followed a popular POTUS w/a strong economy
Of Obama's 3 major achievements of those first 2 yrs, *two* drew in part or in total from Republican policy - Obamacare originated at the Heritage Fdn & was enacted by Mitt Romney in MA. The "stimulus" bill was 1/3 tax cuts, in part to attract Republican support
For attempting to be bipartisan, Obama got lockstep obstruction from Republicans- at a time when the country was deep in recession & 100s of thousands of jobs were being lost, homes foreclosed on & unemployment climbing.
Libby Schaaf’s rebuttal to spending nearly half of the city’s budget on a racist, rapist police force is to say Oakland is no longer #2 on the most dangerous cities list and “i don’t think anybody wants to go back there.”
I care deeply about simple radical promises and doing our best to live up them: political equality, freedom from tyranny (corporate or monarchic), due process, freedom from suffering for all, freedom to speak truth to power, self-government.
All of these are always threatened. They are particularly threatened now.
The complexities of identity: even as I identified yesterday with @rachelhengqp ‘s wonderful essay on so many levels, I was also hyper aware of our differences. I did not go to top schools. I was not a government scholar. In the eyes of Singapore, I have no right to succeed.
It is a harsh society where at age 9 we take IQ tests & then some of our classmates disappear to what was called the Gifted Education Program (GEP). You get another crack at age 12. Top schools have better programs, more funding, higher teacher-student ratios. More opportunities.
It’s almost expected when you go to a top school that you will succeed in life. It’s expected that you will get some sort of scholarship, some kind of important civil service or private sector job in an important field (law, governance, medicine, finance).