Let’s Make Him Do It
opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com — For positive change in the issues that affect our daily lives — not only food but also jobs, income, housing — we need active political leadership. But until President Obama is pushed more strongly by the left, the coming presidential election represents a choice between a full-fledged attack on government services and a continuing slide into the gloomy and depressing world of austerity economics. That’s a real choice, but it’s not a happy one. When Obama has been pressured on issues, like gay rights, immigration and the Keystone XL pipeline, he’s responded positively. But he hasn’t been pushed on food, and as a result has not followed up on campaign promises like his vow to label foods containing genetically modified ingredients, nor has he used his bully pulpit to try to protect SNAP (food stamps) from the ravages of Congress. Since there isn’t a real food movement — yet! — progressives haven’t made Obama do much.