Year Old Obama
YankeeJim | January 19, 2010 at 04:32 amby
105 views | 0 Recommendations | 1 comment
Obama has not changed his tune: message or tone. He has been consistent with notable exceptions.
He said that he would get America out of wars we should not be in. We’re still in Iraq. He said that we would boost attention to Taliban and al Qaeda. He did that at much cost and no results yet. Is it too much to expect that a year after his election there is little progress? Well, there is no apparent damage. It hasn’t gotten worse, yet.
I suspect the military leaders and senior politicians sat down with Obama and told him how it is. America needs oil and we need boots on the ground to keep it flowing, plain and simple. So, back off the pullout because being there is the price of oil. He must have said OK to that.
So, with the big price being paid for oil – military costs and the commercial cost at the pump, we have no chance to stop spending and to redirect investments in a domestic agenda.
Meanwhile, Obama stayed on course with the Bush plan to save the banks. Incompetence and lack of effective regulation permitted the bankers to walk away with American’s money and now there is a larger deficit than ever. The responsibility for this effectively transitioned from Bush to Obama.
So far, there is no change as promised.
Then, the one big thing America needs and wants, affordable healthcare, is a legislative bust because the President’s own party is incompetent and undisciplined.
Back to the drawing board for American voters.
If Massachusetts is any indication, Americans will have a short memory and change mid stream, leaving a more inadequate government than they had a year ago. One state can change American politics overnight.
If we should have learned anything, Americans should know that keeping government stable at least for a term will produce better outcomes than constant tweaking. But, that’s not our system as it is one more of impulse than wisdom.
“Obama: A leader's first year
One year into his presidency, what has been Barack Obama's most significant -- or most unexpected -- leadership strength or weakness?Overexposed, under-communicating
Obama has not effectively used his presidency to inform and convince the American people about his policy goals.
His economic task
The right-wingers hate him for being a socialist, and the liberals are angry because he's not.
A failure to communicate
It is ironic that Barack Obama has yet to truly find his voice, especially on important issues like health care and the economy.
Just playing it safe
Politically, Obama is treading lightly. He has not aggressively pushed his agenda and instead makes decisions to keep people happy.”
Back to the drawing board for American voters
These members have powered this story: