on the Budget Deal
Man (Does It Again)
(President Obama) did it again. Caved in. To the Tea Partiers.
This has gotten way beyond frustrating; it's depressing and
questions are: If he is
always going to give in,
(and he is) why should
the Tea Partiers compromise?(under these circumstances, I wouldn't if I
were them). If he
is always going to give in, why the hell does he put us
through this all the time? Why doesn't he just ask the Republicans/Tea
exactly what they want and have the appropriate legislation drafted?
me that crap that he "had no other options". He had the 14th
Amendment. But as usual, he pre-empted himself by taking that option off
the table in advance. Geezz! At least keep them guessing! At least make
them think: "well, we'd better not go too far, or he'll do the 14th
Amendment thing". But no.
of like getting the drop on Jessie James and then telling him
that your gun isn't loaded.
painful for me; I genuinely like President Obama. It is impossible not to like him.
He's thoughtful, intelligent, courteous, well-bred and poised. He's an
all-around good person, a dignified and effective representative of our
country, and a great speech-maker: in short, a person who would make a
great friend. Yet
I can't let that obfuscate the truth: his
presidency is a failure.
one instance after another he throws away his best weapons and cowers
before the Republicans, who, in turn, steamroller right over him. I've
seen enough! I can no longer bear to look. It's just too damn painful.
comes to political
strategising, he just can't. When it comes to taking a principled
stand, he waffles. When it comes to making a deal, he gives the store
away. When it comes to taking care of his base, there's nobody home and
when it comes to change you can believe in, you can forget about it.
have been looking out the window during Horse-trading 101.
At a time
when the Republicans want disparately to prove that
is ineffective and inept, he lends them a helping hand. At a time when
we desperately need jobs, Wall Street gets bailed out. At a time when
the American public overwhelmingly wants the wars to end, he says: "not
so fast". At a time when the middle (and lower) class is in a death
spiral, he says "let's do some Republican-style cuts to the programmes
that could have helped you; and at a time when a large majority of the
American public want to see the rich and the big corporations taxed
more, he compromises the issue off the table.
that he didn't have examples to study, (such as FDR and
LBJ). All he needed to do was to read up on these guys. It's an
instruction manual on the presidency, another "The
Prince". Just read and
do. But no.
Yes, I'm a
political realist. I know that you can't expect anyone to be able to
get their way all the time (unless you're the Tea Party). Even starting
out with both houses, (of congress) that
probably would have been an unfair standard. But I sure did
expect him to try.
The truth of this is, that that would have been enough for me: put
forth a good honest, no holds barred effort and you'll still have my
vote, even if it doesn't work out. Lead the charge! But no.
Now for my
own straw poll. Let's talk about all those folks who worked
so hard to elect him: a group that included many of my friends. How do
they feel? To a one, the response is the same: "I worked hard for him
in 2008. But I'm not doing it this time; it's just not worth going
trough all that
again". I'll vote for him, I suppose,
but that's it. Bad news for
"you don't need a weathervane to
know which way the wind blows".
dedicated, hard-working folks
were his margin of victory. Without them,
what will he do? They
not even bother to vote if the weather is bad. Who can blame them? What
did they get for their time and trouble? Rien! Not good. Yes, I was part of
not about to get better or change. Does anyone out there
really think that all of a sudden Barack Obama will turn into "Barry the
Tea-Party Slayer"? Not
likely. He couldn't do
it when he
had both houses: is
there any way at
all he could do it now that he has the Tea Party House? Hell, even John
Boehner can't get what he wants.
forget that the Tea Partiers
have a vested interest in making Obama look bad. They will
obviously block any legislation that would make him look effective (and
allows him to help people).
They don't give a damn about anything except their warped, plutocratic
ideology. They have proven that. Now that the Tea Partiers have mired
presidency in the muck, they're going to do their best to keep it
their presidential nominee to say "just what has he done?"
unemployment numbers won't help either. It's not pleasant to think of
happening to such a nice man, but the Democratic Party needs another
nominee for 2012. Someone who can inspire all those jaded folks who
worked so hard for "change you can believe in". This is no easy task.
The price of failure is a Republican in the White House.
of the situation? Most likely, Obama will be the nominee, and we will
vote for him under the undying "lesser of two evils" philosophy. In
2008, who'd a thunk it?