President Obama isn’t on the ballot this fall, but voters say they'll be turning out to oppose him.
Thirty-two percent of registered voters see the midterm elections as a vote against Obama, compared to just 20 percent in favor, with the midterm elections less than two weeks away.
Forty-five percent of voters do not consider the president a factor in their ballots, according to a new Pew Research Center survey.
For their part, US trade unions such as the United Auto Workers have functioned as junior partners in the impoverishment and exploitation of the working class, suppressing any opposition to the attack on living standards.
In this corporate America has enjoyed the full backing of the Obama administration and both big business parties, which have slashed food stamps and long-term unemployment benefits. The White House, which orchestrated the slashing of wages in the auto industry restructuring of 2009, has made the lowering of living standards for US workers the centerpiece of its so-called revival of American manufacturing.
OBAMA: SERVANT OF THE 1%
Richest one percent controls nearly half of global wealth
IS OBAMA BUSH’S THIRD AND FOURTH TERMS ON STEROIDS?
Obama replaced George W. Bush, who left office the most reviled president in US history. The election campaign was accompanied by an enormous amount of media marketing, with a candidate who had no significant political history packaged as the agent of “hope” and “change.”
Upon coming to office, however, Obama pursued the most right-wing agenda in US history. It quickly emerged that whatever vague promises he made were insincere, and that his administration was committed to an acceleration of the policies of the Bush administration—overseeing a historic transfer of wealth to the rich, escalating military violence abroad, and deepening the attacks on democratic rights within the United States.