If Barack Obama was the Progressive/Socialist that Progressives wanted and were expecting when he first. Ran for President in 2007/08, then he would've moved to eliminate all of the Bush Tax Cuts, to use for more Federal Government Discretionary Spending, that is non National Security Spending. Mostly on current Social Insurance Programs or creating new ones, even though then Senator Obama, only said he would eliminate the Tax Cuts for like the top 10% of the economy. Even though Senator Obama said he would keep in place most of the Tax Cuts, especially for the Middle Class and cut taxes further for them. Thats just on taxes, if Barack Obama was the Socialist that Progressives were expecting, then he would've had a 1.5-2T$. Stimulus Package, that had in it nothing but new Federal Spending on new and current programs, with no Tax Relief in it, if anything taxes would've gone up on everyone, even during the "Great Recession". Even though Barack Obama from the beginning ran on cutting taxes for the Middle Class, so I'm not sure what the Far Left was expecting, if Barack Obama was the Socialist. That Progressives were expecting, he would've nationalize big banks, instead of regulating them and he would've nationalize General Motors and Chrysler Motors, making them Public Utilities.
Even though Barack Obama never said he wasn't going to do any on these things and if Barack Obama was the Socialist that Progressives were expecting. He would've eliminated the Health Insurance Industry and forced the entire country onto Medicare. Even though Barack Obama supported the Public Option not Single Payer from day one. That was the agenda that Progressives were expecting from President Obama, the problem is that they. Never found a candidate to give them that agenda, at least a candidate who could actually get elected President of the United States, think about it, this is America not Canada or Sweden. Americans aren't as far to the left as Canadians and Swedes especially on Economic Policy generally and the candidate that would've worked to pass this agenda, can no longer get elected. In his own House District, let alone President of the United States, Representative Dennis Kucinich, my whole point is that you have to manage expectations.
When you don't manage expectations you are always. Going to be disappointed, when you throw all of your support around someone who you are expecting to give you everything, even though he wouldn't go as nearly as far as you want them to on any of these issues. You are going to be let down and its going to be your fault. Progressives didn't do their homework, what Barack Obama did five years ago was very skillful, he used. Rhetoric that Progressives typically use, without taking their positions on the issues, he used their language without accepting their policies. So he could appeal to them but also be able to appeal to the broader Democratic Party, as well as Independents, which is how he. Got elected President of the United States and won all of those States, that recent Democrats haven't.
There has already been books written about the 2008 Obama Campaign as well as documentaries about it. But I would love to see a book and documentary about Barack's appeal to Progressives, how he was able to get them to believe he was the next George McGovern or an electable Ralph Nader. Without actually taking any of those positions and being more of Liberal New Democrat instead, like Jack Kennedy or Bill Clinton, someone who understands there's a limit of good that government can do for its people with their money.