Before 2008 Republicans won seven of ten elections, and except for Bill Clinton, no Democrat since FDR won two terms. Republicans consistently convinced voters that Democrats could not be trusted with the most important responsibilities of the Presidency, namely, National Security and OUR MONEY.
During this Recession with exceptional foreclosures, drastically constricted consumer spending and horrific job losses, a quick, targeted shock of money by the Government is an unavoidable imperative. However, Obama's transformative, long term policies, i.e., health care, green energy and education, inserted into the Stimulus Spending Bill, absorbs most of the 787billion and provides little incentive for job creation and growth in the Private Sector; and WORSE, the spending accelerates over the long term for the expansion of these Government run programs, delays the recovery indefinitely and requires massive borrowing and unsustainable debt that will retard GDP for generations to come.
4/29/09 It took Obama 100 days to shrink GDP by 6.1%
(Obama's Bad Deal)
Furthermore, it doesn't take a Bean Counter to figure out who's been footing the bill for Obama's spending extravaganza or who will ultimately be paying down the debt in the form of huge and prolonged tax increases that siphon money from entrepreneurs and consumers, sentencing all of us to a deficit of prosperity never seen in this Country.
Iraq went on too long to keep the voters on board. Democrats used the public discontent to peal off moderate and independents in midterm elections giving them control of the House and Senate for Bush's last two years of his Second term. Obama's anti-war speech of 2002 was a key talking point in his campaign...he was anti-war and promised to withdraw the troops from Iraq in 12 weeks after he took office.
In fact, he's sensibly listening to his Generals who are older and wiser and will oversee a responsible troop drawdown. President Obama kept Robert Gates as Defense Secretary and appointed Gen. Jim Jones as his National Security adviser..he continued Bush policy Predator strikes in Pakistan and ordered more troops sent to Afghanistan.
That said, the Administration no longer calls two ongoing Wars "the War on Terror"..they're "overseas contingencies." He closed Gitmo without first deciding on an alternative option. Iran is still making a Nuclear Bomb in spite of Obama's solicitous video tape message. His Home Land Security Advisor, Janet Napalitano, released a report that implied Vets were "right wing extremists and potential domestic terrorists. She further showed her ignorance by saying that the 9/ll hijackers came from Canada.
Obama's travels to Europe and Latin America was an apology tour to boost his celebrity and to mollify the image of the USA, in that order. All the bowing, hand shaking and smiley faces accomplished nothing substantial...he didn't get more troops from NATO nor an advance on more Euros to stimulate the World Economy. He burnt his bridges with Sarkozy of France and other European leaders by endorsing Turkey's membership in the EU. N.Korea shot a missile off while Obama was talking No More Nukes. His approval ratings in Europe and in the Muslim World are contingent on his rhetorical disapproval of American history. Obama sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil...he's oblivious to everything except his teleprompter on the World Stage.
When Obama came home and decided to release the Torture Memos to the public...Left Wing Democrats drooled at the prospect of hanging torture on top Bush officials and perhaps, Cheney himself. Cheney preempted the Inquisition by demanding the release of MORE memos to prove the information gleaned from the "harsh interrogation" worked and saved American lives. He called Ds bluff. Obama misjudged his authority over the radical lefties in Congress and Republicans are out for D-hypocrits' scalps. Let D-heads roll.
The suggestion that Obama might support prosecutions and a congressional witch hunt could sap the morale of America's front line warriors and will paint him as naive on terrorism. If our nation is attackd on his watch after 8 years of safety under Republicans, his image as an ineffective CIC will be consistent with the public's notion of chronic weakness on National Security by the Democratic Party; and, bodes poorly for a second term for Obama and for maintaining Democratic majorities in 2010 and beyond.
I'm posting here/Talk to the Hand...2/19/10