Tuesday, February 24, 2009

President Obama Has Already Failed the American People

Certain talk radio personalities have been roundly criticized for stating that he hopes "President Obama fails". Well, it looks as though his hopes have been realized already.

If you look at the agenda of the Obama election team, then we can infer that he has already failed. He's not ending the War on Terror, not closing GITMO any time soon. He has nominated lobbyists, tax evaders & cheats and has been talking down the economy. Enough to sink the country into another Great Depression.

These facts are not hard to see. Obama has countered his own words with his actions, and as nearly as I can tell, he's broken every promise of hope and change that he campaigned on. These examples are some of his demonstrations of hypocrisy and how quickly he has reversed his high minded policy positions.

Obama has set himself up as a "post partisan politician" (because partisanship is really bad. NOT) and he will bring the parties together to help Americans.

But, so far he has only been able to get 3 Republicans out of 535 members of congress to support his economic "stimulus" plan. And those three Republicans are Northeastern liberals anyway.

He has accused Republicans in the US Congress of not getting it, and of trying to make his landmark legislation political. Sorry Mr. Obama, but you've already accomplished that. He then "Chastises GOP for 'tired' tax theories" according to the Washington Post, that also notes:
The president, joined elsewhere Saturday by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, continued to wage a rhetorical battle against Republicans.
Is battling the opposition post partisan? I don't think so.

Mr. Obama says he will not allow evil lobbyists to influence his administration.

"I am running to tell the lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over. They have not funded my campaign. They won't work in my White House." -Candidate Barack Obama, December 16, 2007 (Chicago Sun Times)
This is a promise that President Obama made over and over again. OK, D-day (decision day) is here. So what did the "winner" do?

Mr. Obama nominates/hires lobbyists to work in his administration.

- William Lynn: Deputy Secretary of Defense
- William V. Corr: Deputy Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Tom Daschle: Not only was he a lobbyist, it was his wife, another lobbyist, who trolled in Billions for the airline industry. (Daschle dumped due to "tax problems")
- hired lobbyists for 12 White House staff positions
- At least a dozen lobbyists worked on Obama's transition team, and at least one member of his national security team was a lobbyist.

His promises of transparency are not holding either:
Sunlight Before Signing: Too often bills are rushed through Congress and to the president before the public has the opportunity to review them. As president, Obama will not sign any non-emergency bill without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days. Read
What he actually did:

- Signs his first two bills into law within minutes of them coming out of the US Congress. They are the non-emergency Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and SCHIP. So much for that promise.

- Then, for the stimulus bill, legislation that will save America if it's passed (now, now now) he coerces Congress to approve it without reading it, let alone allowing us to look it over. Even he has not read it.

Obama goes on TV and talks like Ronald Reagan, i.e. a new era of personal responsibility, and follows it with $787 Billion in pork and payoffs outwardly designed specifically to remove responsibility and consequences from the American people.

At Mr. Obama's "change" Website, he lists keeping of states secrets as a problem.
Secrecy Dominates Government Actions: The Bush administration has ignored public disclosure rules and has invoked a legal tool known as the "state secrets" privilege more than any other previous administration to get cases thrown out of civil court.
Here we see some more of that famous "post partisan politician". He follows up by maintaining the Clinton/Bush policies for treatment of state's secrets where extraordinary rendition is involved. Read
The new president says...
A High Standard: Unlike other candidates Obama's campaign refuses to accept contributions from Washington lobbyists and political action committees.
But, as adverse to PAC/lobbyist money as Mr. Obama claims to be, he had no problems with them in the past. According to the Boston News, he accepted $6,239,000 from 1996 through 2006 and an additional $58.9 million that lobbyists and lobbying firms helped him raise in the first six months of 2007. Not to mention the fact that he has his own PAC, Hopefund for America, which now directs you to his sign-up page. He is credited with not taking PAC or lobbyist money by the legacy media during the presidential campaign, however, he did take $1570.00 from a federally registered PAC. According to the FEC, he received donations of $13,175.00 from "Other Political Committees" and "Other Authorized Committees" gave him $86,950,000.00. He will be unable to convince me that bundling campaign contributions from multiple donors does not constitute some form of a PAC or special interest groups.

Missing from Mr. Obama's ethics page is any sort of requirement for members of his administration to meet some standard of ethical behavior. And, as if to throw it in our faces, he nominates an income tax cheater to oversea the IRS. I wouldn't normally beg the question, but come on, is this one of John Edwards "two Americas", where the privileged class can break the law and be forgiven, but if you or I "forget" to pay our taxes, after being warned several times, then only pay it when it became public, would we be so easily forgiven? Is Mr. Geithner going to enforce IRS law and force Americans to pay their taxes and any fines that may be appropriate?

EDIT 3/3/09: Mr. Obama asks for more ethical problems. Ron Kirk, Obama’s nominee for U.S. Trade Representative, owes some $10,000 in back taxes. Fox News

The new president has his own ethical problems as well. He seems to be less than honest in his rhetoric:
"We are in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and a lot of you I think are worried about your jobs, your pensions, your retirement accounts."
Funny, I didn't consider the Carter administration's high unemployment, 1% growth in productivity, double digit interest rates (Prime lending rate was 21.5% in December 1980), double digit inflation, and gas shortages to be "The Great Depression". But, if he wants to characterize the Carter administration that way, I'm not going to argue with him. But he should clarify.

How can we in the worst economic climate since the Carter administration, or the Great Depression, when so far, we do not have any inflation, interest rates are as low as they can get (and have been), unemployment is nowhere near Great Depression rates, and there is no shortage of gas. But, we can give President Obama a break on this. After all it was another Democratic President who mismanaged all of that.

But no breaks on this.

I expect the President of the United States to be reassuring, upbeat and positive.

President Obama ran on the the same type of upbeat and positive platform as President Reagan. He said he was "change" and that Americans and the world could have "hope" for a better life under his administration. However, as soon as the polls closed in November 08, the president- elect started in with his ongoing theme of doom and gloom and talking down the economy. I have no respect for someone who modulates their rhetoric solely for personal gain. He knew his upbeat platform would get him elected, then as some as that milestone was met, he did a complete reversal to the fear monger that he is today. He pressed to adopt his "Stimulus" package or we we fall into a catastrophe, another Great Depression. He says millions of families are suffering and it will be months, maybe years, before he can make it better.

Since then, he has his stimulus package and Hope has turned into "Hope Dollars", money that does exist, but he and congress hopes they will be able to spread around to their supporters anyway. The only change we see is the change from the Bush administration to the Obama administration.

Everything that matters in government: how politicians pretend to run the country, how they promote themselves and how they try to subordinate the opposition party, their partisanship, and exactly who they represent has remained unchanged.

Mr. President, you fail.

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