"The most important lesson I've learned is that you can't change Washington from the inside," Barack Obama said in an interview Thursday on the Spanish-language Univision network. "You can only change it from the outside."
A better way to put it is that Barack Obama has proved he can't change Washington from the inside.
And if any RWNJ or LWNJ said this, it would be viewed as a call for armed insurrection. According to the President, it is a fact. So if we can't change it from the inside, and it isn't going to change on its own, how exactly DO we get it changed when the whole system is being run by those we want to wrest control from?
What I find interesting is those who cling to the belief that we can simply vote out corruption. It can't be done because without the corrupting influence of monied donors demanding concessions for their cash, there isn't a single candidate with a snowballs chance in hell of getting elected.
The Big Donors are not rooted to American soil like most of us are. They can pick up and leave whenever they want. They don't care if their off-shoring of jobs has bankrupted America with the lost revenues from manufacturing and employment taxes. They have no fear of losing their homes to a bankruptcy or watching their kid's college shrinking as it's used to stay afloat.
Obama's inability to change Washington from the inside is also on display in Bob Woodward's latest bestseller, "The Price of Politics."
He tells how in a meeting of congressional leaders Pelosi muted a speakerphone as Obama droned on lecturing members on the national interest, so the legislators could get some work done.
He shows how Obama blew up the summer 2011 grand bargain negotiations with Speaker John Boehner by suddenly raising his demands.
Boehner had already agreed to increased revenues from high earners through tax reform that would eliminate or limit deductions whose benefits go largely to those with high incomes.
That's the kind of tax reform recommended by Obama's Simpson-Bowles Commission, whose report quickly found its way to his round file.
It had the support of congressional Republicans like vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan and Republicans on the supercommittee.
But Obama insisted on higher tax rates for high earners -- proposals that tend to bring in less revenue than forecast -- and raised the ante on Boehner.
And we still see BOTH sides finger pointing as the economy continues to swirl the bowl sinking lower and lower. Sure, Wall Street has rebounded for those with money. It's easy to do when you pump $100's of billions into its rescue while ignoring Main Street's woes. Promise Main Street help and then claim victory when all it really received was the barest of nods for its trouble. Trumpet the Job's Report numbers of new jobs being created while continuing to refuse to address the number being dropped from the Unemployment Rate rolls and the increased number of Under-Employed to hide politically behind its artificially lowered figure.
So if it can't be changed, why do we keep it around?