Early Verdict: Obama has screwed the pooch. So far.

 A few truthie factoids: 

The health insurers have an army of thousands of lobbyists working Congress and the Senate

The health insurers spend $1.4 MILLION each and every day, bribing, threatening, and convincing our erstwhile democratic representatives to go their way. 

The Democrat Party is run by idiots who could not organize a one car parking lot. 

The President lost control of the debate.

The President lost control of the spin.

The President lost control of the framing.

The President underestimated his opposition. 

 

The idea that the candidate of "change" could miss the boat so badly is scary. Did he really think that the lofty debates in Congress would keep the K Street whoremongers at bay? Did he really think that simply by reaching across the aisle, he could get even a smidgeon of honest debate from the likes of McConnell, Kyl, Cornyn, or even a snake in the Grassley? Did he think that a corrupt industry like Big Finance would ignore the obvious danger at their throats, and not go on a lie-based rampage? 

Well, he must have. How else could he have lost control over fairly simple and straight-forward issues?  Right now, more than 58% of DEMOCRATS are confused about what the president wants to do with health care reform. That kind of muddied message that he and his advisors managed to promote tells all voters that here is a great campaigner, but someone who has few administrative skills once in office. 

There is no second chance for this president. Either he finally stands up and leads, or his second term will resemble Jimmy Carter’s. In fact, they are looking more and more similar each day. 

19 Responses to "Early Verdict: Obama has screwed the pooch. So far."

  1. Walter F. Wouk  September 9, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    “There is no second chance for this president. Either he finally stands up and leads, or his second term will resemble Jimmy Carter’s.”

    “Second term!” Obama and his cohort have betrayed the people that voted them into power. They’ll get the message in November 2010.

  2. almandine  September 9, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    And again in 2012.

  3. almandine  September 1, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    Back home we’d call him a boy. Not Boy, but A boy.

    Then again, his leftistness sucks.

  4. Carl Nemo  September 1, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    He gets and A+ for eloquence, an A for his intelligence; although ponderous at times, but a D- for implementation and execution as far as I’m concerned.

    His background is that of a Chicago community organizer. Community organizers draw diverse interests together at a conference table, gets the discussional going; then stands back while former adversaries or folks without a rudder develop some consensus and direction. The funding for such feelgood activities filters its way down from the Federal and State government. This methodology might work at the community level, but Congress is not a simple neighborhood community situation.

    His push for a national health care plan has failed because he’s let party apparatchiks such as Nancy, Steny and Max Baucus the committee chairman for health care reform bulldoze a plan through that serves the interests of “Big Pharm”, HMO’s and the AMA. “We the people”; ie., the stakeholders and beneficiaries to any hatched plan are basically left out of the decision loop as they try to ram through HR3200, consequences be damned…!

    They need to chuck HR3200 and put HR676; ie., “single payer” plan on the table and then see what the response might be. There also has to be stiff protections for those with viable plans from being summarily dumped by their corporate sponsors; ie., a sane method of phasing in a national health plan with minimal strife for the insureds.

    Our President has been a disappointment even prior to his inaugaration with his choosing of so many retreads from past administrations. Little fresh blood has made its way into his inner circle. It has the stamp of the Clintonistas and even the Bush gang with Bob Gates still sitting in as SOD.

    To me, our newly ensconced President is “winging it” and seemingly already knows he’s meant to be simply a holding president like Jimmy Carter until the rethugs can hopefully regain control in four years. The American people are being played bigtime by this charade;ie., our now seemingly failed system of government.

    Hey, its time for the Big “O”, our duty “cool cat” leader to go shoot some more hoops, show up at town hall meetings or to jet off to some faraway Arabic or African nation so he can offer another olive branch as they continue to take our money while plotting our demise…no?! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  5. Michela  September 4, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    I agree! We need the Single Payer Plan. Medicare for ALL!!

  6. bryan mcclellan  September 2, 2009 at 12:46 am

    Verily our demise equals said neutered bulldozer, but may I respectfully add, with little tread and direction.
    As Wars wage we dwindle, our identity becomes lost, our soul wishes to eat our guts out for proof that star dust would save anything, want the job?

    I want to see the tape no longer resonate to any but the tape makers, let them wrap themselves up, find the Hickok, keep a cold eye, and don’t waste your vote.

    I’ll give him credit for no new Presidential helicopters,
    but would someone please clue Our President that we are waiting for an explanation as to why he would get the impression we hired him to drive gwb’s old “dozer/fubar”, which was never serviced after blowing both tracks which cannot be traced./ Allons.

  7. Nogood  September 2, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    Mr. Nemo writes:
    “To me, our newly ensconced President is “winging it” and seemingly already knows he’s meant to be simply a holding president like Jimmy Carter until the rethugs can hopefully regain control in four years.”

    Tell you what Mr. Nemo, we as Americans would been much better off if Carter had stayed in office another 4 years. But instead we were stuck with a labor hating and dumb as dog $hit President in the form of Ronald Reagan. Who, plunged us from a creditor nation to a debtor nation, from which we have never recovered but continue down the debt highway.

    You or any other “wingnut” have not offered a plan to bring our troops home, put us on a sound footing as far as finances go, or cover the citizens of this country with health care. All you and the other “wingnuts” want to do and even have the intelligence to do is “stir the pot”.

  8. Carl Nemo  September 28, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Hi Nogood,

    No problem with referring to me as a “wingnut”. Rest assured I’ve been called far worse in my years.

    I’ll explain in simple terms what it will take to turn this nation around.

    For starters President Obama is the Commander in Chief of our armed forces. It’s one of the few all encompassing powers that’s granted to him without needing the pre-approval of Congress other than to start such a conflict. He has the power to finish it…!

    The General Staff of our American military branches report to him. All he has to do when he sits down at one the never-ending National Security Council meetings listening to those that have a vested interest in supporting our out of control MIC is to say…”Gentlemen, these engagements are coming to end. I want all our forces out of Afghanistan and Iraq with only a contingent remaining to protect our LZ’s until we make safe exit.” Then of course he’s going to hear the protestations and harrumphing of the good ol’ military boys that want to fight endless wars of attrition until the 12th of forever. “Sorry, gentlemen, that’s it. This is an Executive order as the papers are handed to him by an aide for his Presidential signature. Is it understood!?” Then for the foolish few that continue with their protestations, all he needs to do is give them the ol’ Harry Truman override summarily demanding their resignations leading to earlier than expected retirement as Truman did to General Douglas MacArthur for him mouthing off about nuclear war in Asia and other such nonsense. Would President Obama do this? The answer is most probably no, possibly fearing for his very life; ie., suffering a JFK style sanction. Then there’s the more than likely possibility that President Obama is one uv’em; ie., part of the civilian cabal that continues to support the out of control MIC agenda of selling an endless supply of uber expensive killtoys to the U.S. military supported by America’s out of the loop tax-slaves.

    If President Obama was interested in doing something positive for America then he’d start using the power of his “veto” pen in order to steer Congress along a path that is beneficial for the American people rather than letting this seemingly out of control body create endless either ill thought or intentionally engineered nation-destroying legislation. To me the President is America’s CEO, but it seems that our modern era presidential CEO’s like the CEO’s of many major American corporations have embraced the “dark side”.

    There are many other things I could outline in this rebuttal to you for calling me a “wingnut”. I’ve been a site participant for quite some time now and make it a point read “every” post. I can’t recall you writing anything of merit or even inspiring me or others to offer you a compliment concerning your thoughts. It seems your web handle pretty much explains your core persona…no?! : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  9. griff  September 4, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    It’s called pack up and leave…

  10. almandine  September 2, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    Ronald Reagan. Who, plunged us from a creditor nation to a debtor nation, from which we have never recovered but continue down the debt highway.

    In fact, we have been in debt “continually” since the advent of WWII, whether we have chosen to give or lend anyone else money [been a creditor] during that time. We still give it away, and I’d bet [without checking] we’ve lent some in the last six months – as if we had it to lend. (The IMF comes to mind.)

    Reagan was met with recession coming into office and used deficit spending to right the ship, but spent that way for too long. True, we haven’t gotten into the black in a very long time and our debt is projected at over $23T by 2019. We’re on an upwardly hyperbolic debt curve. At this point, neither the Pres or Congress has any intent of reigning it in, especially given the current “spend our way to prosperity” foolishness.

    Plenty of sound financial alternatives have been offered here and elsewhere, and how much of a plan does it take to put troops on ships and planes and bring them home this month? Instead, The Big O is sending (and spending) more and more to Afghanistan.

    As for healthcare, 100% of US citizens are covered, by law. (Check into the ER if you’re having a pain.) 90% of them have health insurance. Why in hell should it take a trillion dollar program to take care of the other 10% – at least a third of which could afford it if they wanted to, but choose not to buy it. Maybe its those new entitlement programs built into the proposed reforms that drives the inordinate costs.

  11. Carl Nemo  September 3, 2009 at 12:55 am

    Hi Almandine,

    Reagan & Co. also ignored the NIE (National Intelligence Estimate)laying out that the Soviet Union was crumbling under its own inefficiences, massive debt etc., but instead embraced such nonsense as the “Star Wars” initiative, the “Texas Super Collider” and the mindless, needless pouring of almost 5 trillion bucks into the MIC’s ever-hungry maw. Along with this, his shadow appointees headed up by his V.P. H.W. Bush, Mr. ex-CIA were involved with what would end up as a failed intel op; ie., the Iran-Contra debacle. Also the CIA became heavily involved with drug-trafficking during that era while publicly the hypocrites at the helm were telling the American people to “just say no to drugs”…say what?! Now we’re living in their “engineered” age of terror for the benefit of the MIC’s ever-hungry appetite for tax dollars.

    When Reagan took office I believe the national debt was 800 billion bucks, but after 20 of the past 28 years of republican presidencies, the so-called party of fiscal conservatives, we now have a 12 trillion dollar national debt and it’s exponentially rising with our newly ensconced duopolist at the helm; ie., President Obama.

    Make no mistake, this nation is headed for the ashbin of history and we are now in the countdown mode to midnight.

    Carl Nemo **==

  12. almandine  September 3, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I keep wondering, Carl –

    can this really be the end? Then I say to myself, look around, think. How could so many bemeserized
    and not see it coming? (ps: I’m nothing of a doomsdayer.)

    It’s gotta happen sometime.

  13. DejaVuAllOver  September 3, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Looks like we ‘misunderestimated’ Obama, too. This jive-ass mofo knows EXACTLY what he’s doing.

  14. Carl Nemo  September 10, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    Yep, he shor does good buddy…! : )

    Carl Nemo **==

  15. AustinRanter  September 7, 2009 at 3:07 am

    If we took a little trip back in time about 2 months before the Democratic and Republican conventions, neither side was prepared from what would hit just about early August.

    For the better part of the 2 year campaign battle, only a few economists, including neo-classic and Keynesian economists, were preaching doom and gloom approaching not only the U.S., but the entire world.

    The real clues came around 2002 when Warren Buffet (world’s most sucessful investor) set off continuous alarm bells about the $500 plus TRILLION in toxic derivatives that were driving the world economy (and about $85 Trillion of that in the U.S. alone) and mega-trillions in security bundles traded without the underlying collateral was waiting to explode. He talked with anybody who would listen to him, including our con-artist in Washington.

    It wouldn’t have made a rat’s ass who was President on this very day…he or she was doomed before election day.

    Election promises made by both the Republicans and the Democrats were worthless and irrelevant to what was laying ahead that would arise from our lending and market institution who colluded to steal trillions from people around the world.

    From my view, we are experiencing problems way beyond those that existed during the Great Depression.

    I’m not defending Obama in the least bit…he’s just another pawn for those who own our government. He was powerless to lead from the get-go. But then again, so was McCain…the “Maverick”. Most likely he’d be drooling on himself from a nursing home after his collapse from all of the pressure. He was indeed a Maverick as long as he played the game according to the rules…the very same rules that Obama also had to play by.

    If there was a “truthful chronology of events” leading up to all of the severe issues of the day…going back to the start of Reagan era, we would clearly see a pattern of major catastrophes in the making. But, hind sight is 20/20, huh?

    Isn’t there enough evidence to at least suggest that the American people just don’t want to see the truth? Or, are we incapable of seeing the truth? Either way…we’re relieved of our responsibilities given to us under the Constitution. It’s been my experience that when I’m not being responsible for myself…then somebody else will take on that role and usually, I don’t like how they manage it.

    No single human being in Washington is in control of anything. Nor can they be. The system that drives Washington won’t allow any governing individual or body take control of any major social issues.

    The only things that would create geniune change (just to name a few):

    Election (from local to general primaries and up)Reform;

    Lobbyists and Special Interest Reform;

    Campaign Funding Reform;

    Giving States More Rights (as specified in the 10th Amendment).

    Who in Washington is willing to make the changes above without committing political suicide? We certainly won’t see such efforts made collectively by either party.

    And even if there was some type of coup d’├ętat for reforms as listed above by some small group within a party…or even a collaboration of members of both parties…those who own government would just replace them with those who will abide by the rules of the system.

    Change is impossible unless those who hold total influence over our current day government officials and political machines are removed from the picture…and who will step up to do that?

  16. almandine  September 8, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    “Isn’t there enough evidence to at least suggest that the American people just don’t want to see the truth?”

    Take your castor oil now, kiddies.

  17. AustinRanter  September 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm

    Rob…

    The pooch is screwing America without KY Jelly.

    According to the NYT Editorial: “A Threat to Fair Elections”

    ” The Supreme Court may be about to radically change politics by striking down the longstanding rule that says corporations cannot spend directly on federal elections. If the floodgates open, money from big business could overwhelm the electoral process, as well as the making of laws on issues like tax policy and bank regulation.

    ~snip~

    Corporations would have an enormous say in who wins federal elections. They would be able to use this influence to obtain subsidies, stimulus money and tax loopholes and to undo protections for investors, workers and consumers. It would take an extraordinarily brave member of Congress to stand up to agents of big business who then could say, quite credibly, that they would spend whatever it takes in the next election to defeat him or her.”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/opinion/08tue1.html?_r=1&hp=&adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1252458159-V75SkABhoKsYmFpPgNvjSg

    As we all know the above has been happening for eons, but covertly. So if the court rules to change Election funding rules by Corporations…then they’ll be doing it in broad daylight.

    Obama and all of the other Washingtonites are protecting corporate profits. It’s no more complicated than that.

    To point the finger at any one person, party, or machine would be a mistake. What’s happening in Washington isn’t about politics…its about big corporate money of which our Federal Government is charged with the security of both the money and the corporations.

    If the court does what the editorial discusses…well, the results will be obvious. The American electorates will no longer have a voice in elections. In all reality…they don’t have much of a voice now.

  18. almandine  September 8, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    “If the court does what the editorial discusses… well, the results will be obvious. The American electorates will no longer have a voice in elections. In all reality…they don’t have much of a voice now.”

    100% public funding. NO contributions… not even to national parties. Period.

  19. AustinRanter  September 9, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Alamadine…

    I dig what your saying and about 4 posting above I offered a short list of things necessary for We The People to regain control over government.

    Too late. No elected official (much less the Dem or Repub party) has the guts to crusade for public financing of compaigns. They’ll be smashed like a cockroach by those who own them.

    You know yourself that public funding has been repeatedly tossed around for several political generations….and Washingtonites just aren’t willing to give up their dope.

    This past year…politicians have been IV’ing money. They aren’t going to give it up.

    The corporations aren’t going to shut off the IV drip just because 300 million people believe it to be in the best interest of the nation.

    I think Japanese voters have the right idea. They just voted out their two polticial parties…and the modified system of government created by those two parties.

    Too bad that the “Declaration of Independence” has become a nuisance, a dusting object that comsumes too much labor to even invest a bit to read it.

    But…below is the opening paragraphs:

    “When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

    We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, ~~~~it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security.”~~~

    Well…there ya have it. I guess people will say, “But, that was then…this is now. We can’t embark on such a task.” Japan just did. And it was done without chaos and major violence. I don’t have a clue as to whether their new system will work. Time will tell. But at least the people strapped on some balls and stood up for themselves.

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