One of the most popular polls in America is the one for how popular is the president. It gets reported as a yes/no poll asking Americans if they approve of the way they approve of the way the president is doing his job. This question is usually followed up by one asking if Americans believe that the country is headed in the right direction. Although the results are generally reported in a yes/no format, it usually seems difficult to answer this question definitively one way or the other. There is usually a lot of gray area. Until now.
In under two months I am greatly losing a level of confidence that I have in the government and the president. The future of this country is definitely going in the wrong direction. It was a quick change to a steep fall. President Barack Obama has delegated the direction of his policies or to Congress. And what they have produced is more than disappointing. In about six weeks, they have produced more budget busting legislation in the name of recovery that is going to do more long-term damage than any short-term good. The so-called stimulus package was nothing more than passing the liberal agenda of items that had been taken off the agenda of Congress or taken out of other bills. It is nothing more than that projects in pork contributed by just about everyone in Congress and is being sold as having no earmarks. After tripling the deficit, President Obama made an address to Congress saying that he was going to get the deficit under control. The next day, another bill for $410 billion passed Congress. President Obama also has preached to the country an era of self responsibility. Yes, this is one area in which Americans have plenty of room for improvement. However, the programs being expanded and the tax code changes are clearly steering people to the glamour of government dependence. He claims a tax break for 95% of America, yet is introducing cap and trade-a tax that will double the rate paid for electricity. The evil rich are going to be paying more in taxes to support the agenda of the liberals in the federal government. Was this the change America voted for?
When Barack Obama was campaigning for president, he pledged that if elected, he would hit the ground running. It was clear that America had avoided in its leadership. George Bush left Americans yearning for leadership. It was time for change. Even though it's six weeks into the administration, it is clear that we have cut the cord from George Bush. What has happened since January in what is happening now is the responsibility of the Obama administration. It does not make sense, nor can it be considered effective leadership to continually blame George Bush for what is going on in our country today. Of course, the economy is on the forefront of everybody's mind. We are in a recession. This will now be known as Mr. Obama's recession. Unless of course it turns into a depression.
President Obama said we must act quickly to turn the economy around. He then signed into law a bill called the stimulus package that does not spend most of its money for two more years. President Obama said we must not take fiscal responsibility for the federal budget. He then proposed a budget that will quadruple the annual deficit and then work towards cutting that in half. This still means that annual deficits will be double what they were in the Bush administration. That's if he achieves this goal in four years. President Obama said we must end ear marks and then goes on to sign another bill that is replete with earmarks. President Obama may have finally realized that the stock market has plunged about 5000 points since he was elected. Obama then goes out to make a public announcement encouraging people to buy stocks. Then, of course the stock market dropped another 300 points. Who would be taking investment advice from this president?
President Obama is taking the role of an activist president. Okay, Americans may like that on the aggregate. However, every time he goes out and proposes a new government program, the economy gets worse. The stock market drops, joblessness rises, retail sales fall, and the automobile industry threatens to go bankrupt. Tax increases are on the horizon. The cap and trade tax plan is going to be a disaster for anyone who uses utilities, that would be just about everyone. Obama has completely destroyed investor confidence in America. There is absolutely no reason to buy stocks today. His ambition to redistribute wealth will reduce the wealth in America. But where is it going? It is not going to the poor. The tax plans for America have not made the wealthy happy. Again, who cares if the wealthy are happy, but on the other hand is all this expansion of government making the poor happy?
When George Costanza was once asked why he got out of bed in the morning, he replied, "I like to get the daily news." This is funny because it is true. I'm sure there are lots of people across America who like to get the daily news. With seemingly endless hours of local news, and with multiple channels on cable with 24 hour a day news, you would think that it would be easy to find limitless and interesting news. Unfortunately that is not the case.
Especially with local news, or seems to be a very shallow pool of items to report on. The main stories are broken into so many pieces that you cannot figure out what is actually going on because they only give you one piece at four clock, one piece at four thirty, one piece at five, one piece at six, the rest of it at ten. After six hours of trying to watch the news, you still don't know what's going on. Now the stations are cutting back. So now, instead of reporting on items such as what is going on in the world, you get a four-part series on how the snow is melting. How newsworthy! I understand that part of the reason that you can't get any objective news is that the news stations have the huge liberal bias. They completely overlooks the gaffes that President Obama does like giving DVDs to the Prime Minister of Great Britain. It doesn't disconnect on how Obama tells people that stocks are a nice bargain because they have a good profit to earnings ratio. And it overlooks items that would be of interest such as how tattoo removal is included in the stimulus package.
One would think that after a lot of publicity on how important it is to spend money wisely with the severe downturn in the economy, the government would lead the way. With the immalleable support of the left and the leftist media, public supporting business is at an all-time low. Cases like that of Bernard Madoff, and the AIG bonus payout have not helped restore Joe sixpack's confidence in the business world. Since last fall, people have looked to the government for their solutions. They looked for answers and bail outs. People are looking for anything except how to do things themselves.
The patience of the country is becoming short. We've been asked to act quickly and swiftly during this worst economic times since the Great Depression. Well, we did act quickly and incautiously. Now we want results just as quickly. Yet, we find that things have gotten sneaked into the stimulus bill that are going to be a complete waste of money. Tom Barrett snuck in a project for public transportation that many experts will claim will not be used efficiently to become self-sufficient or even nearer a breakeven point. Well, government is not a business, still it should not be wasting money that is going to require huge tax increases in the near future to sustain. People are talking this as choice in public transportation. Why do people who need and use public transportation needs several choices? The city cannot even support choice when it comes to a newspaper. It can barely support shopping choices. Becoming a city full of Wal-Mart's is not a choice for shopping.
There seems to be more and more proof available to the political aware that Barack Obama is in over his head. As America still struggles to pull itself out of this economic crisis, Americans are also looking for leadership. Democrats have been whining for years about the shortcomings of the Bush administration and his times stay tough, they continue to blame Bush for their failings. Strong leaders will stay focused and work toward solutions. For strong leaders, it does not matter who created the mess nor does it matter who gets the credit when problems get solved. I doubt if you'll see any of that in this administration.
Barack Obama's only accomplishment of executive management prior to winning the presidency of the United States is running a campaign. So if that's the only thing that he does well, he continues to do it. Well, the election is over, Obama won, so it's time to shift gears. It's time to put into action what he promised to do on the campaign trail-get results. As his popularity numbers begin to decline, Barack Obama decides to go out on the campaign trail and campaign against Bush Cheney. It should be an easy debate -- there is no one on the opposing side.
A few weeks ago President Barack Obama said in a statement that his administration will not govern out of anger. And because we have seen that the president likes to double his chances of being correct, the government is now governing out of anger. We are being led to believe that this is out of a course of action brought on by the greed of American capitalists employed at AIG. Well, let's take a step back. If the president and Congress have taken time to look at what is in the stimulus package that was being rushed through Congress, they would have found the items that they are acting so surprised to have uncovered. Congress and the president signed into law the bailout providing AIG with the funds to pay out the bonuses. Now they believe they are righting a wrong by taxing 65 people in this great land of ours.
Although there is not a lot of support for these taxpayer funded bonuses, the way they are now being handled is just as wrong as the bonuses are in the first place. To begin, Congress ought to know that you cannot pass ex post facto laws in the United States. They ought to know this, but apparently they are so stupid that they don't. Perhaps that's why they don't read any of the bills that get signed into law is. They are too dumb. Yet we're supposed to look to them for policies that make sense to bring us all up of the current economic basis.
One of the most overused phrases today by our political leaders is that we are living in unprecedented times. Although the economic cycle regularly goes from prosperity to recession, we're being led to believe that recessions are not only avoidable but their origins have specific points of blame. Many of these points of blame can be directed to people. Governments and the media would have us conclude that these decision-makers can and should be eliminated and we will live happily ever after.
Problems have to be dealt with by people. We have to direct efforts to our problems to cause solutions. This is what political people do. When things go well, they centralize credit, and when things go bad, they diffuse blame. There have never been better examples of this going on than there is today. At the state level, we have seen six years of gross mismanagement of the state budget. Having the exact same amount of time to make things better, Jim Doyle continues to screw things up. It would be easy for him to point fingers at the mismanagement of the past six years, but he would have to point them at himself. He has initiated efforts to largely extend the role of government at the state level that has wound up having to put a larger burden on those who pay taxes. Like the president, he thinks he can stick it to the rich and business entrepreneurs and they will like it.