Although President Obama is the lesser of two evils, he is nonetheless evil. Cenk Uygur, Alyona Minkovski, Megan Carpentier discuss on The Young Turks, June 20, 2012.

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Cenk Uygur: The Power Panel tonight is Megan Carpentier. She is the reporter for Raw Story. She is in New York City. And Alyona Minkovski is the host of the Alyona Show on RT, Russia Today. Alright, great to have you guys here.

First question is do the American people believe that President Obama is the lesser of two evils. Now why does that come up? An interesting new Bloomberg poll show he’s up by 13 points. I hope that’s true; I’m a little worried that it’s an outlier. But look at the trend, right? So two important graphics here.

One is, is the US headed in the right direction? The answer is overwhelmingly, no. Actually 62% say that we are on the wrong track.

But who has the better vision for the economy? Interestingly enough President Obama wins that handily: 49 to 33.

So, Alyona, let me start with you there. It seems that the country is saying we are on the wrong track but Romney would put us on an even worse. So what are we going to do? So we got to vote for Obama. Is that a fair assessment of the poll?

Alyona Minkovski: Yeah, I would say that it’s a pretty fair assessment of the poll, and I think that it is a pretty fair way to say that Obama is the lesser of two evils. And that’s really unfortunate these days, right, when you start to think about what’s actually less evil? Less evil these days is a president that chooses to execute U.S. citizens without ever giving them a day in court. Less evil is somebody who wages a very aggressive war on whistle-blowers while at the same time his administration is leaking a lot of information. It’s a scary place.

But, yes, I think that Americans actually see that President Obama wants to invest in the future: that he actually cares about investing in infrastructure, in education, and a lot of social programs, and that’s not where Mitt Romney wants to take us. But it’s still very, very highly disappointing that here’s a guy that at the same time can’t get his Justice Department to scrounge up enough evidence to try to go after the biggest white-collar criminals in history. And that’s kind of what we have to deal with.

I don’t want to have to choose between the lesser of two evils. I actually want a good leader.

Cenk Uygur: Now, Megan, is that a fair assessment or can some democrats say, no, that’s not right. President Obama actually has done a lot. We will take it. It’s not a lesser of two evils. It’s actually quite good.

Megan Carpentier: I think there is certainly a number of democrats that believe that Obama’s presidency has been really good. But I think that there are a lot of disaffected democrats, there are a lot of disaffected independent voters, who, I think, expected certain things to happen in the course of this administration and to happen fairly quickly given what was at the time a majority in both Houses of Congress.

So the ‘lesser of two evils’ is almost a way of saying that a lot of the people that were really excited after ‘Yes, we can’ and ‘hope and change’ didn’t get everything that they were looking for.

Cenk Uygur: Right, and more than civil liberties, and especially with this poll, I think, that has to do with the economy, and the problem is that President Obama has gone a little in the right-wing direction, if you ask me, and people are saying, go the other way. Don’t go towards Romney; go the other way. Right?

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William Brighenti is a Certified Public Accountant, Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and Certified Business Valuation Analyst. Bill began his career in public accounting in 1979. Since then he has worked at various public accounting firms throughout Connecticut. Bill received a Master of Science in Professional Accounting degree from the University of Hartford, after attending the University of Connecticut and Central Connecticut State University for his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He subsequently attended Purdue University for doctoral studies in Accounting and Quantitative Methods in Business. Bill has instructed graduate and undergraduate courses in Accounting, Auditing, and other subjects at the University of Hartford, Central Connecticut State University, Hartford State Technical College, and Purdue University. He also taught GMAT and CPA Exam Review Classes at the Stanley H. Kaplan Educational Center and at Person-Wolinsky, and is certified to teach trade-related subjects at Connecticut Vocational Technical Schools. His articles on tax and accounting have been published in several professional journals throughout the country as well as on several accounting websites. William was born and raised in New Britain, Connecticut, and served on the City's Board of Finance and Taxation as well as its City Plan Commission. In addition to the blog, Accounting and Taxes Simplified, Bill writes a blog, "The Barefoot Accountant", for the Accounting Web, a Sift Media publication.
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One Response to Although President Obama is the lesser of two evils, he is nonetheless evil. Cenk Uygur, Alyona Minkovski, Megan Carpentier discuss on The Young Turks, June 20, 2012.

  1. Alyona Minkovski:

    “…I think that it is a pretty fair way to say that Obama is the lesser of two evils. And that’s really unfortunate these days, right, when you start to think about what’s actually less evil? Less evil these days is a president that chooses to execute U.S. citizens without ever giving them a day in court. Less evil is somebody who wages a very aggressive war on whistle-blowers while at the same time his administration is leaking a lot of information.

    …I don’t want to have to choose between the lesser of two evils. I actually want a good leader.”

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