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Officially lost all hope for President

By John Fischer|Staff Writer
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Posted 7/28/09

I didn’t think I’d be saying this, especially so soon, but I’ve washed my hands clean of Obama. A spineless shame to hope everywhere — that’s what he is. Never in my life have I been so high on a politician than have I with Obama. Ever since 2004, when he gave that wonderful Keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), I’ve thought of him in the same light as the Kennedy’s or the Roosevelt’s, but today I’m thinking of him in the same light as Jimmy Carter or William Howard Taft — jokes in the history of our Presidents.

I know Obama’s trying to do a lot of things that are good but not one single thing has inspired nor impressed me. Just like Bill Maher said and received National attention for last week, Obama brings up big issues, sets a deadline, Republicans boycott whatever he tries and then he gives in to them. It’s sickening. Not once did I ever see Bush back off an issue he pushed for. He was able to give banks $750 billion dollars using 2-page forms. Got it done. Obama can’t even use a majority Senate and House to push legislation through. Great job!

It’s only been six months but at this rate, I’m not going to make it through his Presidency. I’m going to wind up bald from ripping my hair out and probably have a heart attack if he keeps trying to “reach across the aisle” to the Republicans. It’s ridiculous!

Obama’s latest sham is health care reform. Of course, he’s been pushing for a public option and of course Republicans are fighting it. Why wouldn’t they? Probably getting millions of dollars on the side from health care companies. Speaking of health care companies, they’ve been spending over $1 million everyday lobbying in Washington against this all. First off, how do you have $1 million dollars to lobby with everyday? Oh and then there’s the $500,000 they’ve spent recently to run television ads against reform. Then there is the new report by the non-partisan www.campaignmoney.org, which the highlights are as follows:

- Members of five committees working on health care reform legislation received $187.1 million in campaign contributions over their career from health and insurance interests

- Elected officials who voted against health reform legislation received 65% more in contributions from health and insurance interests than officials who voted for reform

- Health reform legislation is bottled up in two committees whose members have received nearly $100 million in campaign contributions from vested industries

Why would health insurance be profitable to begin with? It’s morally wrong. If we’re going to keep the obvious failed system we have, this country might as well privatize our roads, police, fire, emergency response, drain commission, water and sewer and everything else. Let’s just make this country a completely Capitalist country and have everything for profit. Then we can all live like hell and pay to drive out of our driveways… come on, we’d have the best roads in the world! Never mind spending $50 to go to work everyday. It’s no different with health care. There’s no Godly reason health insurance should be for profit.

I’m just so sick of Obama’s failed initiatives, Democrats lack of direction (don’t they remind you of a lost puppy?), and the conservatives hindering any good in this country. In honor of the apparent win for republicans, I’m channeling my inner-Rush Limbaugh. I hope republicans get re-elected and ruin this country even more so maybe we can get a real party with real goals and real direction in the White House that won’t give in to greed and lobbyists — the Green Party.

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Obama's failed initiatives? What are those? Please elaborate. It's not failure unless he doesn't get them accomplished in four years. Presidents are elected for 4 years, not six months.

You do realize he has no power to pass any law. He has already been abroad trying to repair the international image, although the Republicans claim he is "apologizing" (I haven't heard him say sorry or the words apologize yet). He has had climate change legislation push through the house. Signed an exec. order to close Guantanamo Bay, which shrinks the scope of our government (of course the Republicans were against this, even though they are "small gov't" party).

Did you really think every thing he talked about in his campaign could be pulled off in six months?

Whose the last President that was this serious about healthcare? There has never been a president who actually cared about being green and actually making a conscious effort to get away from foreign oil.

Oh, I see, you thought that inheriting a bunch of crap was a blessing for a president. So if you took over someone's job and the office you worked in was in total disarray and the people working with you fought you every step of the way, you'd still accomplish everything?

FYP

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | Report this

I'm saying everything he's tried to accomplish and supposedly accomplished in 6 months is useless.

For one, Energy reform or climate change as you call is a joke! 40-percent reduction in carbon emissions in the next 10 years is what scientists and ecologists say. Obama pushed through legislation calling for a whopping 4-percent reduction... 10x less than needed!

Two, the stimulus is a mess. Fixing roads is a never-ending job and creates NO long-term jobs or careers. High-speed rail may change my mind on the stimulus when we see what exactly will happen but as of now the stimulus hasn't done much. Also, other things may come out of the works but haven't seen anything great yet. Cash for clunkers good also.

Three, failure to prosecute any banks or put up any kind of banking oversight is big on my hate-list. Nothing has changed on Wall St. Citigroup giving $100 million more in bonuses, Goldman Sachs under heavy scrutiny. Looks the same.

Four, health care is still in progress, but any legislation that passes without a public option is a failure. See reasons above.

Five, Guantanamo is still open and if it does close there's another camp across seas just as bad.

Six, Bill Clinton was serious about health care but bad timing, people were rich, didn't care. Obama is doing nothing great on health care.

Seven, Bush had no trouble introducing legislation and passing it along, or at least giving key pieces of legislation and seeing it through. Why can't Obama?

Eight, I DO like his foreign policy 100x over Bush's. Obama is making leaps to repair image and it's great. Supposed to talk with Taliban and Brits? soon so hope goes well.

Nine, I hay shoo! -Trick

OLJA OLTA

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | Report this

Ok, the cap and trade package that made it through the house has the potential to raise people's energy bills by $175 per year. You're right, it is only a small reduction. But would you be willing to have your energy bills go up more than that per year to help meet scientific projections of what we need?

The stimulus package and its inclinations towards green energy can also help reduce carbon emissions. Cash for clunkers, for instance, has nothing to do with the climate bill, but it will reduce carbon emissions by getting heavy polluters off the road and replacing them with lighter polluters.

But let's be real about climate change issues. Most of the problem isn't political. It's personal. I would think someone who is infamous for leaving lights on when they leave a room (I got dirt on you doggie) would be hesitant to criticize others on energy policy. Before you say someone else is slacking environmentally, start riding a bike.

Your second point in your rebuttal is humorous. "Fixing roads is a never ending job." Never ending seems long-term to me, yet you say it "creates NO long-term jobs."

But I do agree with you, that those jobs won't last, at least not in Michigan.

Banking issues, again, no one wants to work with him because Wall Street is a huge campaign booster. Just ask Chris Dodd.

Seventh point, Obama isn't to blame here, either. The democratic party is. They know what the president wants. They rode his coattails to Washington D.C. The Republicans were united behind Bush. The Dems aren't united behind Obama.

My final point on this issue. If you have an inner Rush Limbaugh I truly pity you.

Take er sleazy

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 | Report this

And just what did your hero George Bush accomplish ? Where did this journalist get his degree..Or does he even have one...

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

You're correct in criticizing the president. However, he has been in office for six months. Doesn't seem like very long to pass judgement on his efforts or initiatives. Politics, whether it is at the county or national level, is not as simple as you think it is.

Patience grasshopper.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

Josephsr,

I don't like ANYTHING Bush did, I'm just agreeing with Bill Maher that Bush had no trouble pushing policies through.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

I share your frustration, John.

I joined the Green Party after coming to the sad conclusion that the corproatists and militarists have hijacked the leadership of both the Democratic and Republican parties. That is why even with control of both the Senate, the House of Representatives, and the Presidency there has not been any effort at real change.

Isn't it interesting how rank and file Democrats (and the majority of Americans) want single payer health care, but the Democratic Party leadership refuses? ANd it doesn't stop there.

Rank and file Democrats (and the majority of Americans) want to end the Iraq War, but the Democratic Party leadership refuses.

Rank and file Democrats (and the majority of Americans) want to enact meaningful regulations to halt global warming, but the Democratic Party leadership refuses.

Rank and file Democrats (and the majority of Americans) want to end the billion dollar bailouts of the banks and, but the Democratic Party leadership refuses.

I have learned this from U.S. history-- if we want real change, we must look to alternative political parties. The abolition of slavey, women's sufferage, ending child labor, pure food and drug laws. The establishment parties refused to promote these policies until alternative parties grew strong enough that they became inevitable.

So please do register Green!

When you register Green you vote every day - for peace and justice, for single payer health care, for fully funded schools and colleges, for environmental protection and restoration, for fair elections, rank choice voting, and proportional representation.

Registering Green is a standing vote for government of, by, and for the people, free of corporate money and influence.

Registering Green makes a clear and effective political statement. The more people who register Green, the stronger the Green Party will be, and the more all parties will take Green issues and Green voters seriously.

Registering Green does not limit your voting options in the general election. Since you can vote for any candidate, choosing a party is really about what you believe in.

www.gp.org

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

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