Barnard-Columbia International Socialist Organization

November 18, 2009

Thursday 11/19: Reform or Deform in the Age of Obama?

Filed under: ISO Events — Barnard-Columbia ISO @ 11:59 pm

Join us for a discussion to assess the current state of US politics and possibilities for change in the Obama era.


Obama took the White House almost a year ago by tapping into working class hopes for change after eight long years of the Bush Administration. Obama’s promised to take on the health insurance corporations to deliver universal health care reform. Obama promised LGBT people an end to “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”. Many viewed Obama as an anti-war candidate because he campaigned for a “troop withdrawal” from Iraq. And I’m sure everyone can think other things that were expected…

But since taking office, what Obama is delivering seems to be far below our expectations (not to mention the Democrats are the majority in Congress). The health care bill looks like it will benefit the insurance industry more than the uninsured. Obama is escalating the war in Afghanistan. And the economy is recovering for Wall Street while leaving workers behind. What’s going on? It seems that if there were anytime for Obama to deliver on his promises to working people–especially when unemployment numbers continue to rise–now would be the time!

Bring your ideas and questions for discussion. Here are some articles from Socialist Worker Online that provides analysis and a basis for discussion/debate:


The double-digit jobs disaster
There’s plenty of money for more economic stimulus–if Barack Obama would fight for it.
November 18, 2009

The deform of reform
Alan Maass and Helen Redmond analyze the legislation passed by the House in the name of health care reform.
November 11, 2009

The warlords’ president
Eric Ruder analyzes the latest developments that handed a re-election victory to Hamid Karzai–in the context of the debate in the U.S. political establishment over how to escalate its war and occupation.
November 4, 2009

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