Defending the President
Enough to drive you gray
I challenged his qualifications, even though I voted for him. In retrospect, I see the mistakes I made in ignoring the President’s lack of CEO experience. His having been a governor would have helped considerably. As important, a President having been successful in the private sector and having relationships in the private sector is enormously helpful.
As a liberal, I am not talking about relationships with government prime contractors aka systems integrators; I am talking about relationships with the President of Ford Motor Company and Caterpillar Tractor, large enterprises that compete in the global marketplace.
Having made the investment in President Obama, I think voters may get a higher return on experience by electing him to a second term. He is learning. He has performed well as a Commander-in-Chief of the Military and National Security apparatus because he has staffed it with superior leaders. Secretaries of Defense, State, and CIA are all strong individuals. Health and Human Services is well staffed too.
What I don’t see and expected is strong performance from the offices of Chief Information Officer, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Performance Officer.
I don’t see strong leadership from Science & Technology. I don’t see an initiative to renew Manufacturing America. I don’t see substance, policies and resources committed to developing the economy centered on green production of green products employing renewable and new energy resources.
Progress in renewing the American economy requires vision and commitment to redirect national resources with focus and priority.
The tax rules and business regulations must change to maximize the incentive to support job creation in the private sector.
Surely the public sector jobs are needed but only after the gross domestic product is expanded in the private sector.
Yes, I am a liberal. I am not in favor of dismantling organized labor. I am not in favor of reducing environmental quality either.
If we need to level the playing field to offset unacceptable practices by foreign competitors, then accomplish that through tariffs.
One thing that makes a liberal fall into that category is not accepting the capitalism paradigm as is. That’s what gets conservative uneasy and downright frightened. You see, they are on easy street. Status quo is fine for them.
The system needs constant improvement and liberals keep their minds open to the possibilities. The issue is ensuring social equity and garnering credit for being productive citizens and making contributions in a variety of ways. That means addressing how citizen performance is measured and rewarded.
We don’t all start on equal footing. We may have certain inalienable rights, but we don’t have equal starting positions. Our progress is measured on different scales of advantage.
Addressing that is what stimulates liberal enthusiasm and conservative bane.
So, President Obama began to address the disparity in American society. He sought to ensure all American’s affordable and uniform quality healthcare. He introduced mechanisms to pay for this that reallocated the wealth of the nation. That hasn’t gone well, though the need persists. Who else will address the needs of the people better than President Obama?
“President Obama denied today that he’s going gray from the pressure of his office. “My grandfather was grey by the time he was 29,” he told ABC News’ Jake Tapper. “So I figured it was going to come. It just happened to coincide with the presidency.” But presidents do have a tendency to age more quickly.”
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