beergate. releasing the Lockerbie bomber. socialized medicing. BP Finance reform that did not even include the major causes: fanny & freddy. Van Jones. Rev Wright. Oppose AZ in enforcing Fed law. England: giving queen an ipod, returning bust, slighting them at every opp. betraying poland, israel. Over spending. over borrowing. ....to name a few
Van Jones- Oh no a Marxist in a political position? Terrible, his job what to create green jobs, how could that hurt anyone? He could be Fascist, Communist, or Anarchist he was still just the Special Advisor for Green Jobs on the Council for environmental quality. Careful Conservatives you might have to breath the same air as the lower class! oh yeah, you already do.
Rev Wright- This guy had no huge connection Obama's politics nor did he have real power. Obama even said he was outraged by his actions.
Oppose AZ in enforcing Fed law- This was the strictest immigration ever. He opposed the extreme law, most democrats did. So?
England- Ipod: so? Returning bust: so? Slighting them at every opp: How so? If anything the US in the eyes of Europe is only a little better is not the same since he came to office.
Betraying Poland, Israel- No we stopped supporting its different. We have no business with them and it not in our best interest to be military crazed and imperialistic. A bit of isolationism to heal our wounds from suffering through the Bush campaign would do us some good.
Over spending. over borrowing- I agree with this to an extent. But he hasnt increased the spending much and has decreased the borrowing quite a bit. What is spent on social programs is necessarily. Now if 15% of my paycheck didnt go to war i'd be happy. He isnt getting rid of too much of the war that requires upkeep but he did stop spending on new ways to kill people. Now if we would pull out of all the "wars" we're in maybe we could actually get out of the rut more quickly. Keep everyone fed, healthy, and working.
I do not know where to being with Kool-Aider nonsense.
It comforts me to know that even libs are beginning to recognize Obama for the empty suit he truly is. A snippet from 1 of the most lib papers:
"Mr. Obama closed his week pulling off a nearly unimaginable feat: He managed to totally and completely unify the nastily-fighting Democrats and Republicans in Congress. Late Wednesday night, they unanimously voted — 414 to zip — to reject the budget Mr. Obama had presented, leaving him not even a thin lily’s blade to hide behind."
oh come on guys give him a break. You keep on forgetting that he has to play nice the european nations *aka whiny bitches* and fight through all the political red tape in order to actually get stuff done. USE YOUR BRAIN!
This statement from *NathanScottGrey needs a reply:
"American's don't *hate* him. However, his whole campaign was about hope and change, and since being elected he has accomplished absolutely nothing. He hasn't done any of the big things he promised (bringing troops home, universal healthcare, etc) and doesn't look like he wants to."
Obama has been on office for what, a year? There is no way a single person can change the mindset of an entire nation in that time, especially the 48% that did not vote for him. I think a lot of people forget that, in a Democratic country, one person does not have the power to change government policy. It is up to your elected officials to listen to public opinion and make decisions, not just the President. Obama may have brought a message of change and hope, but only the Senate and the House of Representatives can make it happen.
As for the Universal healthcare bit, its not like congress has been sitting on their thumbs. Months and months of debate have been going on regarding this controversial change. That is how Democracy works. Same goes for the invasion of Iraq: George W. Bush needed the support of congress to proceed, which meant that both Democrats and Republicans believed it was for the best, not just one man.
"One person does not have the power to change government policy ..."
Unfortunately, when the PATRIOT act was passed and renewed, the President's Constitutional Article II powers allow the holder of the office to do just that. The President of the United States has the power to shut off the internet.
Let that sink in ... shut off the internet. No one in the WORLD would be able to access money from an ATM, almost all commerce stops as registers can not check in with VISA and Mastercard authorization systems. Yes, backups would engage, but the commerce of the world would stop for 30 minutes, minimum. Take it from someone who understands some of the security intricacies of the internet, that one power alone could devastate the world.
"only the Senate and House of Representatives can make that happen ..."
A House and Senate that are of the same political party with the extremely rare Super majority can do whatever it wants. How the President hasn't gotten involved (you don't meet with Pelosi and Reid, you meet with the holdouts) is a sign of his inadequacies.
Months and months of debate have NOT been going on. The bill on both sides has been written by healthcare lobbyists, with each division in healthcare wanting the biggest slice, and with healthcare's own insiders admitting the system is not able to be fixed.
Credit though, you have a better understanding of our country than most Americans.
Thank you. Most of what I understand of American politics comes from the news or from friends online. Its nice to get a different perspective, and I hope that more Americans are willing to look at all sides of the political process, not just the parts they want to see.
If you'd like to find out what America's really all about, read our Constitution to start with. That'll give you a basis to judge what the founders of our country thought the government should be able to do. Next, you can read the Federalist Papers. These are letters and documents written by the Founders explaining they're views. As for current politics, everything has gone to hell. Truly conservative people did not like Bush II, they put up with him. He liked big government just as much as the left. That's why McCain couldn't fire anyone up to get him elected. Basically, conservatives want their money and themselves to be left alone. If we want to give our money to charity, we can decide which ones to give to. We don't need some government worker in some distant city deciding our daily life choices for us. Our government was designed as protection against threats only, not to be the provider of it's citizens.
Hi there. So just out of curiosity, what do you think of the prior president? What do you think about the direction the country took between 2000-2008? And how does Obama differ from this? What has he done worse? Just looking for your honest opinion.
Thank you for your honest answers. It kinda irks me when I see the teabaggers on fox news, raging about Obama's policies, and I just wonder to myself...where was all this conservative Glenn Beck-style rage 8 years ago, when Bush expanded executive powers to an unprecedented level, stripped citizens of their constitutional rights (through patriot act and homeland security), and exploded the deficit with 2 wars and tax cuts for the wealthy? To be sure, I am far from being a fan of Obama and his current policies, but I see many of his policies as just extensions of Bush policies, except that he's exploding the deficit with social aid and bailouts and expanding the Afghan war.
Hehe, of course, I have a bumper sticker on my car that says "Don't blame me, I voted for Ron Paul", so that should tell you where I stand politically. Also, I have to disagree with you Kajm about Clinton...I considered him to be an above average president...to be certain, he left office with a surplus and the nation in fairly good shape, especially with the tech boom happening on his watch
@Kajm: You're thinking of the dot-com bubble, which was only one small part of the much broader and more general tech bubble. It is true that the dot-com bubble burst, leading to a minor recession in 2000, but the overall tech industry has been booming since the mid-90s, and continues to do so, even in the face of the worst recession since the 30s.
He is pro-socialism. So was one of your founding fathers. So was many of men and women fighting for workers rights. So was many of men and women fighting for woman's suffrage So was many of the men and women fighting to end slavery. so was many of the men and women fighting for civil rights of blacks. So was the writer of your pledge of allegiance. & more...
...did all of these people hate America?
Socialism is but a blanket term, if one is going to use socialism, do at least clarify and attest to the type of socialism you think he is pro. If not then it is all just empty rhetoric, and holds no weight whatsoever.
Really? I thought it was Fascism and authoritarian communist that led to such deaths, yet if you are speaking of socialism, clarify which ones. Do you mean national socialism like the Nazis used, or universal socialism like communist used..or democrat socialism that America has been using since its founding.
...well since America is a democratic socialism country, paired with a democratic republic for its policies and capitalism for its economic system.
So if you are going to speak of qualifications, come back with something better than no hippies.
Our prior President was thrust into a unique situation. FDR's programs didn't resuscitate the economy, a world wide conventional war did. Bush did not have the same opportunity, as in his wars, the "bad guys" held the oil supply. He went into Afghanistan (good) and Iraq (bad), and his advisers had lost vision on why they were there. I always contend GWBush was a good man who surrounded himself with bad people. Obama never had any illusion about those with whom he surrounded himself.
A (growing?) number of conservative writers/thinkers contend that Bush was a liberal in some areas (but a fiscal conservative). They didn't like where he was going with certain things, including the Patriot Act, which the obama administration has now re-upped in several key points (the harshest ones, at that).
I thought he was going to prove out to be fairly decent, but in the end, I'd place him somewhere in the middle at to good / bad. His father was better but made one crucial mistake when he allowed taxes to be raised.
So if I had to give an answer on how bad he was? It would go: Worst obama. 2nd worst carter. 3rd clinton...... where Bush falls, not quite sure.
I find it quite fascinating that you can simultaneously chastise Obama for not being the "uniter" he promised to be, while also saying that he hates America. If you hold such opinions, what is there for him to unite with?
i so want to print out copies of this and post them everywhere so people know this and i live in reno so it should get around fast plus my friends can distract the cops why it up everywhere maybe if i get around to doing it
LizardAndBlanketsFeatured By OwnerMar 5, 2010Student Digital Artist
really, I don't think it's the president that will make this country bad, I think it's the people. I believe it's the assholes on the extreme of either side that creates so much hate, that it blows things WAAAAAY too out of proportion.
Also, I would like to tell everyone who complains about the president (no matter who he may be) "DEAL WITH IT." if you really think the country is going downhill, stop bitching and leave. You can have your opinions, but don't bitch and moan where people can hear/see you. It's just annoying. (much like this account)