Feet of clay can be described as an unexpected flaw or vulnerable point in the character of a hero or any admired person. It has become apparent, that the words (rhetoric) and actions of our current president are not congruent. Obama campaigned as a liberal moderate, ready to heal the wounds of the past eight years of the Bush administration and offer all who bought into his message of change a “new beginning”. It is clear that Obama is a better campaigner than leader and implementer of policy. During the election process then candidate Obama made 516 promises on how he planned on changing the process of government. As of 8/31/09 here are the results; 37 promises kept, 11 compromised, 7 broken, 12 stalled, 83 in the works and lastly 366 no action. These are telling numbers, not so much for what has or has not been accomplished but the sheer number of promises made. If the administration were to hold true to the statements it would mean they would keep 129 promised changes per year or roughly 11 promises per month to meet this lofty goal.
What apparently slipped by the American public is that these changes were and are the largest effort to expand government since the inception of our country. The general public was so enamored with the glittery speeches, the powerful emotional music, the carefully crafted media onslaught, that a false sense of trust was developed where none was warranted. President Obama as it turns out is what most who did not vote for him already knew, a liberal of the far left. Why is this important, because those who do not share the ideology of the ultra liberal democrats the moderates and independents were swayed by his false misrepresentation of being a uniter and voted for his platform.
The conundrum the Obama administration faces is how do they paint the beyond liberal policies they are trying to implement as the same policies used to elect the platform and not come across as hypocrites? So far not too well, as George Will states, “In August our ubiquitous president became the nation’s elevator music, always out and about, heard but not really listened to, like audible wallpaper. And now, as Congress returns to resume wrestling with health care reform, we shall see if he continues his August project of proving that the idea of an Ivy League Huey Long is not oxymoronic.”
For those of you lost on the history of Huey Long, his “Share Our Wealth” program initiated in 1934 is eerily similar to Obamas real platform of today. Although some of what Long proposed did become reality in FDR’s New Deal, the country was in the depth of depression of untold magnitude. Due to Longs Share Our Wealth program the following programs were spawned, Social Security, Veterans Benefits, College Financial Aid, Works Progress Administration, the FDIC, Food Stamps, Housing Assistance and lastly Graduated Income Tax and inheritance tax. On the darker side of the program and an attack on the rich folk of the day, a cap on personal fortunes, limit annual incomes, guaranteed family income (by the government), a 30 hour work week, and a four week vacation for every worker!
What is clear is we now have increased government spending to the tune of 2.2 trillion dollars quadrupling the previous deficit, included a stimulus plan for 787 billion dollars which seems to be focused on developing speculative energy, semi nationalizing two car companies, trying to pass a cap in trade bill that is nothing more than a huge tax increase covered in green moss, and force implemented government controlled health care adding yet another several trillion to the deficit which at last blush is a proposed 9 trillion. Which by the way was missed by two trillion by the Obama economic advisers!!
The silver lining, an apathetic nation has been awakened, and they are grumpy. This awakening is not focused on either Democrats or Republicans, but a national process of accountability on all politicians in mass. Now that the general populace is faced with huge bills to pay, diminished value in both housing and retirement, intrusive government policies on privacy, and a health care program that only serves the masters and not the servants, change might well be in the wind, but it will be for the people and of the people. The wine and cheese social club of status and power is hopefully seeing its last days. The untouchable elitist that now rule out of personal gain, and the fomentation of power will be shown the door in 2010 and then again in 2012, for now the people have risen from the slumber of dispassion to one of wrath and distaste of the vague and empty promises of the elected class. We the people will exercise our collective will at the voting booths to correct such an injustice for the “Emperor has new clothes” and we were the ones who told them.
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