The Supreme Confidence and Arrogance of a Too Late President
“If only I can get this job…” each person is thinking.
Starving kids who haven’t eaten properly in weeks – months.
“I gotta get this job. How will I feed my kids? How will I keep my house, or apartment?”
People sleeping in their cars.
People sleeping in tent cities because they don’t have a car.
Something is happening in America. The last time we’ve seen a situation so sustained was the 1930s.
But this is not the Great Depression. That was a unique event in United States’ history, where social safety nets didn’t exist.
Yet a visionary president by the name of Franklin Roosevelt was concerned enough about social unrest and maintaining the dignity of people (read males) that he introduced the most successful national work and infrastructure project in U.S. history: The Civilian Conservation Corps.
Why is this not happening today? The U.S. economy continues to limp along; economists speculate about a double dip recession; Congress navel gazes over infighting and politicizing the country’s debt woes.
What is President Obama doing?
I could never understand why Obama blew most of his political capital on healthcare reform when he assumed office. It was painfully obvious that he took over the presidency by a misguided and frankly incompetent president with the initials GWB, who presided over blowing apart America’s international reputation and setting the country on the path towards a devastating recession and financial meltdown.
My opinion is that Barack Obama, possessing an extraordinarily high degree of self-confidence (some would say arrogance), believed that he could multitask managing the economy’s recovery and introducing what has proved to be a controversial healthcare plan. And on top of this, managing two wars, dealing with a dysfunctional Congress, containing a runaway federal budget, dealing with banana republic dictators who slaughter their citizens, and the list goes on and on.
It’s a fascinating study in supreme arrogance of a human being who appears to believe he has virtual superman powers.
I hold no political affiliation. As a Canadian I’ve voted all over the political map for 35 plus-years. If I were an American, I suspect I’d bounce between Democrat and Republican. In other words, I’m not part of that clandestine group, whose members (Canadian or American) pretend to deliver objective commentaries on the Canadian or U.S. economies.
My interest is the interplay between national leadership and the performance of the economy. President Obama’s game-plan has clearly backfired. His healthcare plan will implode upon itself in the coming years due to the increasing weight of demands from an ageing population. His detached approach to addressing America’s economic ills has proven largely ineffective. He is now into total reactive mode, not knowing what to do or where to turn.
This is not visionary leadership.
This is not engaged leadership.
This is not leadership for the people.
Meanwhile, more and more American kids go to bed hungry every night. More and more kids don’t have a home. More and more adults desperately cling to their dignity as they try to find that job that will help them feed their children.
President Obama: you’ve failed your people.
The obscure we see eventually. The completely obvious, it seems, takes longer.
– Edward R. Murrow
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