The Trouble with Obama (and Don’t Forget His Legislative Enabler)
Joe Bernstein articulates it under Justin’s post.
My objection to him is simple-he’s a left wing ideologue who’s made bad appointments and seems to not be competent and experienced enough for the job.
I would not argue, only amplify: President Obama is leading the charge on some really bad policies. Government take-over of our healthcare system; a willful disregard for our sovereignty via amnesty for undocumenteds and a refusal to control our borders; a pointless war on fossil fuels (and, therefore, a war on basic items like heat, AC, lights and most vehicles, not to mention, in the process, our wallets); spending beyond the wildest dreams of an inebriated sailor [edit: who, as Warrington correctly points out, at least spends his or her own money]; higher taxes.
Heavily complicit in all of this is Congress with, we should make careful note, Rhode Island’s delegation whole-heartedly backing all of these
bad rotten government initiatives. In fact, none would ever see the light of day were it not for Congress, which solely possesses the power to reject or implement them.
The trend of the president’s approval rating indicates that Joe and I are not the only ones who object to the actualization of Barack Obama’s presidency. It is mete also that his accomplice faces a reckoning at the polls on November 2. Indeed, though he goes on to make the case that the failure stemmed from an unwillingness to tack sufficiently leftwards, Robert Reich interestingly points out that it is the president’s legislative agenda which now threatens the continued viability of both his own reelection and a Democrat-controlled Congress.
The President may have a fight on his hands even to hold on to what he’s already achieved because his legislative successes have been large enough to fuel strong opposition but not big enough to strengthen his support. The result could be disastrous for him and congressional Democrats. …
A stimulus too small to significantly reduce unemployment, a TARP that didn’t trickle down to Main Street, financial reform that doesn’t fundamentally restructure Wall Street, and health-care reforms that don’t promise to bring down health-care costs have all created an enthusiasm gap. They’ve fired up the right, demoralized the left, and generated unease among the general population.