Saturday, February 26, 2011

Why Obama's Political Future is In Trouble



President Obama delivers a horrible weekly address. The President makes the claim that Republicans don't want to shutdown the government. This is a horribly stupid tactic. Republicans do want to shutdown government and when they do the GOP can replay Obama's statement.


Next week, Congress will focus on a short-term budget. For the sake of our people and our economy, we cannot allow gridlock to prevail. Both Democratic and Republican leaders in the House and Senate have said they believe it’s important to keep the government running while we work together on a plan to reduce our long-term deficit.


The Obama White House has been giving happy talk about how a government shutdown was not going to happen. Now President Obama is urging Republicans to do what is in the President's best political interest. Obama has triangulated himself to take the blunt of the blame for a government shutdown. Obama's political cowardice is what helped the Republican Party pick up seats in 2010.

If Obama maintains his current political strategy and unemployment maintains at 9 percent, he will be a one-term president. Obama campaigned on improving the economy and winning the war in Afghanistan. Sec. of Defense Robert Gates said U.S. troops will be Afghanistan until 2014. The GDP needs to grow at 5 percent a month to even start to make a dent in unemployment. The GDP hasn't hit 3 percent in ages. The American electorate is not the blogosphere. Mainstream voters won't support the status quo Obama is maintaining.

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At February 26, 2011 5:46 PM , Anonymous tas said...

Inflation needs to be added to the list of factors that can make Obama a one-term president -- outside factors are pushing that issue. The revolutions in the Middle East are driving up oil prices, making the cost of gasoline skyrocket. We're staring down $4 a gallon as a baseline price for this summer, and that will inflate the costs of all other goods.

It should be noted, though, that inflating prices is part of Obama policy -- via the Fed Reserve stating they wanted to flood the economy with $600 billion after the midterm elections. Gas prices were already heading up before people hit the streets in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya.

Much of the economic trouble can be traced back to Obama's lame attempts at bipartisanship. At the beginning of his administration, if he rammed a stimulus bill through Congress with so much spending on repairing infrastructure that it created thousands of jobs, we might be exulting Obama as the second coming of FDR -- which is what everyone who voted for him wanted him to be. Instead, Obama seems to think he's in competition with Bush to be called "President Tax Cut".

With the economy stagnant at best, a crappy HCR bill that will probably be overturned in 2013, ongoing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with no clear goals on when to leave (or any defined objectives), and Gitmo still open, one has to wonder what, exactly, are the promises Obama made good on during his first term in office. I mean, why the fuck should anybody vote for this fucking guy? To get 4 more years of 9-10% unemployment, endless wars, and inflation? Let's bring Bush I out of retirement if we want a moderate Republican in office -- hell, the first Bush actually had the clarity to raise taxes and get the fuck out of Iraq.

 
At February 28, 2011 10:36 AM , Blogger brookhines said...

Wow -- you are SO right about this: "Obama has triangulated himself to take the blunt of the blame for a government shutdown. Obama's political cowardice is what helped the Republican Party pick up seats in 2010."

TAS is also spot-on:
"why the fuck should anybody vote for this fucking guy? To get 4 more years of 9-10% unemployment, endless wars, and inflation?"

 

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