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I haven't made a political post in a long, long time.

I'd make one now, except just thinking about it depresses me. I was not happy about the results of the midterm, needless to say... and I am even less happy, if possible, about this "compromise" that Obama has made with the GOP on taxes. From where I sit, it smells more like capitulation than compromise. Give a lot, get almost nothing.

Obama is the most intelligent president we've had since Jimmy Carter... and, sad to say, he is looking more and more like Jimmy every day. A good man, but not a good leader. At least not so far. He doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. We need another FDR, another JFK, another LBJ. NOT Jimmy II. (And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff. But so did Jimmy. Camp David accords, remember?)

Yeats was writing about his own time in "The Second Coming," I know, but sometimes I think he was prescient:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

And could that rough beast whose hour has come round at least be... Sarah Palin?

No, please. Tell me that's just a bad dream. Somebody wake me up.



Dec. 16th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Jimmy II?
"And, yes, I know, Obama has accomplished some important stuff"

This isn't an entirely fair comment. He hasn't accomplished *some* important stuff - he has pushed through some of the biggest changes in 100 years.

- Being healthy is now a right in America. The implementation sucks, and everyone agrees on that, but for the first time ever health care is a right. That is an accomplishment that some of the biggest personalities in the White House haven't been able to pull off.

- A slide towards depression and the worst recession in living memory was not just halted but reversed. The American automotive industry was saved, and with it millions of immediate jobs. If GM and Chrysler went down they would have taken thousands of suppliers with them, and as a result Ford who was saving itself. Financial institutions, while evil and karmanically detestable are the back bone of our society, were saved and with them the economy. The Dow was at 6600 shortly after Obama took office, and it is now at 11,500 DESPITE the European economic crisis still underway, despite the housing market still being broken. That's a big deal, not just to wallstreet, but to everyone who is hoping to retire soon. We still have 9.8% unemployment, but had he not reversed the trend it would be twice that. We aren't recovered, but we are recovering, and that is no minor thing.

- for the first time no American will be unable to attend college because they can't afford it, because the government has taken over processing their loans and at the same time saved itself a fortune in cancelled subsidies to banks. No person getting a government loan will be bankrupted by it, as it caps at 10% of income for reimbursement and is forgiven with government service. That is freaking huge

- Isreal and Palestine are seriously talking about a two state solution

- Combat operations in Iraq are effectively done. Troops may remain, but many fewer of them are in daily harms way.

- relations with the Arab world were rebooted with a single freaking speach. Find me another modern candidate that could have done that

- NASA has finally been restored to a suitably ambitious path while simultaneously promoting private innovation. Basic science and technology innovations with will make up the foundation of our future are again being funded at respectable levels. Renewable energy is being promoted and supported at never before seen levels. From a STEM standpoint he is the single most inspring president since JFK.

- huge swaths of our national infrastructure either have been renewed or are in the process, at levels outpacing any investment of the past 30 years.

- the most sweeping wallstreet reform since FDR

He achieved all of this in two years, with a far more fragile, less united, and smaller majority than either FDR or LBJ, and with a much more polarized and united opposition than at any time since Henry Clay ran the opposition (and that's even arguable). He has done so through very shrewed pragmatism, and if he was a firebrand of idealism that bullet list would be empty.
Dec. 17th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Jimmy II?
You said
"Being healthy is now a right in America"

Tell that to the tumors eating my lungs. I demand my rights to be healthy...You think a power grab by a pack of egotists cures disease?

What you want is a free lunch. Tanstaafl


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