Just who IS this Obama guy, anyway?
Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug 9, 2011
It IS tempting, but I won't.
Instead, I'd like to try to provoke a conversation about where this President sits on the left-to-right political continuum. There are nearly unlimited lenses through which to view Mr. Obama's policies, including even the bleary beer-bottle goggles of those inebriates who loudly declaim him as a socialist. To the ardent progressive liberals who thought they'd found true love in 2008, he's been a bitter disappointment. Old-timey Dems are confused by his flat emotional affect, and his refusal to mount the bully pulpit and hurl rhetorical lightning bolts at GOP intransigents. And at least one commentator with nearly unassailable conservative credentials considers him "The Democrats' Nixon."
Bruce Bartlett consorted with Ron Paul in the 1970s (before it was cool), and was a senior economic advisor to both the Reagan and Bush1 Administrations. Writing in the Fiscal Times, he reviews the last nine Presidencies, and concludes that Nixon was remarkably liberal. He accepted the realities of both the New Deal and the Great Society, and presided over a broad expansion of Washington's regulatory reach most notably the creation of EPA and OSHA; both agencies are despised by Right Wing plunderers of The Commons.
By contrast, Bartlett cites ample evidence that our current President has demonstrated a conservatism that confounds those who thought they were electing Obama the charismatic leader. Among the items: Obama's stimulus bill was half the size his advisors recommended, he caved on rescinding the Bush2 tax cuts (getting nearly nothing that Democrats value in return), his defense policies and personnel have pretty much stayed the prior course and even his health care reform modeled itself on Mitt Romney's successful Massachusetts plan.
The best proof so far produced, however, was Obama's curious performance in the debt ceiling catastrophe, where he signed-on to a preposterous "fix" that overshot the political middle, and landed in the Boston harbor deep in Tea Party orthodoxy. Polls repeatedly showed that most Americans favored a mixed approach of cuts and tax increases, but the outcome he approved ignored revenue again.
So I know it's a hard swallow, Conservatives, but are you ready to acknowledge that Obama is a surprisingly pleasant bedfellow? Or is he just a pliant pragmatist? Or a lousy tactician and timid negotiator who's afraid to demonstrate his BATNA?
There's an argument to be made that every President disappoints his followers on either extreme by playing to The Middle, but does that explain this President's policies? Your turn to opine, Forum Faithful.
on Aug 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm
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Link to the Bartlett article: Web Link
on Aug 10, 2011 at 8:07 am
Our village humorist, Tom, in intelligent provocation of the minute factions sponsored aboard your forum, has laid out incompleteness for the imagination of those completing this exchange.
It brings more questions, among those laughing, "is President Barack Obama Oprah in DRAG? Will he start his own government as Oprah started her OWN (failing) network? " Is our answer "heavens know" or "Heavens NO?"
There are those that believe our government in Washington DC is already separate from WE, the people, without any opportunity for us to participate in our own economic and political remedies. That belief is confirmed in polling that illustrates WDC elected in the administration and congress has little chance of remaining.
Unique to this century, WE, the people, have elected a declining capability to serve us. Once, George W. Bush was simply laughable in his inability and yet we now have a lower grade of candidates that on their best day could not even rise to the level of President Bush's incompetence. It is as if we don't want a President and Congress, and prefer laughable, even tragic targets for Jon Stewart. Should we actually expect Robin Williams to run for President or should we be just be satisfied in laughing at Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachmann?
So let's provoke sponsored commentary with a call for another coincidental president very much like Ronald Reagan and imagine Barack Obama trying out for that role. Part of Barack is ready with the ability to speak and all he likely needs is better writers and set designers. Barack will need to be syndicated likely on Oprah's OWN network much like Lady Sarah providing emotion and drama in his review of our country and economy from afar. Can we hear commentary, an occasional oxymoron or three?
AS it was years ago, when Howard would turn to Dandy Don with, "Time to sing!" we can all now sing, "turn out the lights the party's over!"
The ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet
on Aug 10, 2011 at 10:09 am
T-Cush seems to be casting about blindly for anyone who may have something good to say about BO.
Good luck on that one...