Obama in Trouble

August 14, 2010

Although it sounds like an understatement, President Obama is in trouble, and continues to go from bad to worse.  It’s like the old commercial “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”

Nile Gardiner, a Washington-based foreign affairs analyst and political commentator, calls it a “stunning decline” and has offered 10 reasons why President Obama is in trouble. I commend the article to you for the rationale behind each choice.  For now, here is the list:

1. The Obama presidency is out of touch with the American people

2. Most Americans don’t have confidence in the president’s leadership

3. Obama fails to inspire

4. The United States is drowning in debt

5. Obama’s Big Government message is falling flat

6. Obama’s support for socialised health care is a huge political mistake

7. Obama’s handling of the Gulf oil spill has been weak-kneed and indecisive

8. US foreign policy is an embarrassing mess under the Obama administration

9. President Obama is muddled and confused on national security

10. Obama doesn’t believe in American greatness

They sound like a Blinding Flash of the Obvious (BFO). In the Gulf and in foreign affairs, he makes Bush look proactive and skillful. He supports projects most Americans oppose – people may want a solution to the problem, just not his solution. He bows to third world leaders, blows off the boy scouts, and is on constant vacation at taxpayer expense.

Mr Gardiner sums it up calling it “a distinctly Titanic-like feel to the Obama presidency”.  I agree.

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Obama Takes Aim

April 27, 2010

An interesting video appeared on the DNC website, asking for help combating the forces of change.

The President says the health insurance companies, the banks and other “special interests” want to unseat the progressive Democrats that have done so much to help the average American.  These are the same health insurance companies that will offer the policies that Americans are now forced to buy, whether they want to or not.  These are the banks that took millions in bailout money, but still refuse to make critical job-saving loans to small businesses that aren’t “credit worthy.” (see CNN on this).

That leaves “special interests” who want the Democrats to stop throwing money at the problems.  Like the economists CNN surveyed who say the $787B stimulus bill did nothing to improve the economy, and that it’s responding on its own.

Maybe he means the Tea Parties, who are angry at both parties for running the debt up to a projected 90% of GDP. Maybe he means white guys with jobs and the military.

Most certainly he doesn’t mean the voters specifically mentioned in the video:  “young people, African-Americans, Latinos, and women who powered our victory in 2008”, the “surge” voters who had not been engaged in the process before, who aren’t involved now.

The people who gave us this mess.


Obama’s Empty Suit

March 9, 2010

In yesterday’s post, I described how American has become “an Economic Wasteland”.  While much of the causes come from a variety of policies of past Presidents (Clinton’s relaxing of home mortgage standards and Bush’s war spending), blame now rests squarely on the shoulders of the free-wheeling spending by the Democrat-controlled Congress.  And sitting on the sidelines, adding nothing to stop the slide, is a President inexperienced at governing.

Three years ago, Barack Obama was a Freshman Senator, elected after only one term in the Illinois House.  He had had no executive experience and very little insider political experience.  Coming from a career as a community organizer, his job had been to act the outsider and stir up enough discontent to get the government to do something.  In other words, he created messes that others cleaned up.

Suddenly, he announced he was going to run for President.  Out of a field of life-long politicians, he was the youngest, and the only Black man in the group, though he had not actually grown up Black in America.  (His mother and grandparents were white, and his dads were generally absent.)  He wasn’t even educated in Western ideas, having spent much of elementry school in Indonesia.  And in college he was unremarkable.  So for a country tired of old white men, there was great excitement of a young black man making it to the White House.

In Hefler’s UK Telegraph article, he notes how excited American blacks were at Mr Obama’s inaguration.  “Weeping men and women celebrated his victory.”  The dreams of Dr King seemed about to be fulfilled.  They had the audacity to hope.

Now that weeping is for different reasons.  And their champion seems incapable to do anything about it.  “The slickness of the campaign … does not inevitable translate into an ability to govern.” He lacks “the sophistication and the will to turn [hope] into action.”  As Hefler describes it:

His lack of experience, his dependence on rhetoric rather than action, his disconnection from the lives of many millions of Americans all handicap him heavily. … He wasted the first year … The country’s multi-trillion dollar debt is barely being addressed.

Just as Jimmy Carter had lost the right to govern by the end of his second year in office,  Barack Obama seems never to have had the skills.  America elected an idea, but it was a vapor, a slickly packaged but empty suit.


An Economic Wasteland

March 8, 2010

According to an article in todays UK Telegraph, Obama’s legacy is likely not to be change for the better, but long-term economic turmoil. The “audacity” of Obama’s hope is not met with any kind of ability to act on the ideas to create positive results.

Almost 10% of the workforce – 15Million Americans – are unemployed and looking for work.  Perhaps another 10% have given up trying and are not counted in the official numbers.  According to the article, about a quarter of the black people in Chicago are both unemployed and frustrated that their man is not able to solve the problem for “his own people.”

Whole areas of the country, especially the former industrial belt, have become instead ‘industrial wastelands.’  In Newark and Baltimore, drug-dealing is the principal commercial activity.

The much vaunted Stimulus bill has done little to stem the loss of jobs.  Looking closely, we see that most of the jobs went to large companies that had been inefficient spenders in the past.    Most of the cash disbursed went “to further the re-election prospects of many congressmen, not to do good for the country.” In other words, the cash was spent to keep the newly-minted Democrat majority in power.

Hefler says that “For a land without a welfare state, America starts to do an effective impersonation of a country with one.”

Americans are unhappy with their government and their President.  They are concerned – angry – that so much money was wasted so fast with so little effect.  It’s perhaps what’s wrong with the health care bill – people don’t trust it to do what Congress says it will do, but rather just another opportunity to waste more money by diverting tax revenues to favored contributors, while the multi-trillion dollar debt keeps pilling up.

Without a significant change right away, there is no good end in sight.


Running the country … into the ground

September 8, 2009

Blue Virginia has a post today that calls the President’s inability to deal with a struggling economy as “Bush’s Recession.”  It’s a cheap shot, and shows a lack of understanding on what’s been going on.

It’s true GWB was distracted from correcting the structural problems left by his predecessor, keeping terrorism away.  He kept the country going while the economy struggled when al Qaida took out the world’s financial markets on 9/11.  And when the Ponzi kings and mortgage hucksters took down the economy in 2008, he took immediate action to stabilize the country. 

The Democratic “attack” was to throw gasoline on the fire.  The VEEP even admitted they didn’t understand the situation they inherited.  The old-guard Democrats don’t have a clue how to run a country. Even our Governor, with federal stimulus funds, can’t see a way ahead, short of cutting services.  What’s up with that?

(note…I tried to post this on his site, but they blocked it!  )


Who’s running the country?

August 25, 2009

It’s becoming clear that Barry Obama is in over his head.  In his early state visits, he committed a number of serious protocol blunders.  His second-in-command isn’t let out in public any more, afraid of what “crazy uncle Joe” might say. (“Hey, I found the secret bunker.  Wanna know where it is?”)

The stimulus bill was put in place before he took office.  It’s not his, it’s Nancy Pelosi’s!  She pushed it through.  All Obama did was sign it and take credit for it.  Except that now that it’s not working, all he can say is “the problem was worse than what we thought.”  In other words, “I signed it before I read it, and I sure hope it works, because I’ve stolen the credit from its authors.”

Health care was an issue he campaigned on, but the bill came out of the House.  It’s a thousand pages of Democrat Party pork.  It’s the rough draft of Hillary’s failed health plan, without the attention to detail or careful study.  Mr Obama is out making fake speeches with hired audiences about why it’s important, trying to tell us it doesn’t say what it clearly does say.  He’d know that if he’d read the bill.

Again, it’s Ms Pelosi that’s running the show.  She thinks in party lines and can’t understand why the Average American doesn’t.  We think issues and people.  The American people elected Obama as President, and we think he can control his party.  He can’t. 

Last Spring, he said we were gonna close Gitmo but there’s no place to move it.  He also said he wouln’t prosecute the CIA for what happened there. But as soon as he leaves on another vacation, his Attorney General announces a special prosecutor to look at whether someone ought to be tried for the tactics.

And now he can only stand by in amazement as the economy keeps getting worse and unemployment getting higher.

It’s no wonder his approval ratings are slipping so badly.  In barely half a year, his numbers are getting down to where Bush’s were after 7 years.  Worst part is, Hillary is starting to look good by comparison.


McCain – not Obama – predicted today’s crisis

October 12, 2008

In a previous post, I gave some background on how the Senate had warned against out-of-control lending.  That included legislation in 1999 (S900) that put restrictions on loans and sounded warnings of a risky future.  It also included action by McCain, as a key cosponsor of legislation, to reform Freddie Mac and Fannie May in 2006.

Recently, HumanEvents.com has obtained a copy of an internal Senate letter from May 5, 2006, calling the Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist and the Chairman of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee (Richard Shelby) to bring action on S190, the Federal Housing Enterprise Reglatory Reform Act.

The concern of the letter was the growth of Freddie and Fannie’s loans, by then touching over half the nation’s housing mortgages.  “With the fiscal challenges facing us today (deficits, entitlements, pensions and flood insurance), Congress must ask itself who would actually pay this debt if Fannie or Freddit could not?”

The letter mentions recent testimony from all the major players, that this is well-thought-out legislation, and that it needed to be addressed soon, having cleared Sen Shelby’s committee.  It reiterates that it is the role of Congress to “Take the necessary steps to ensure that these institutions benefit from strong and independent regulatory supervision, operate in a safe and sound manner, and are primarily focused on their statutory mission.”

The letter ends with a warning:  “Congress must ensure that the American taxpayer is protected in the event either GSE should fail.”

No Democrat signed the letter.

For McCain to say he’s been fighting for our interests for years is in clear evidence.  For the Democrats to claim otherwise is a misrepresentation of the truth.