Wednesday, July 22, 2009

The Realities of Yes We Can

That was quick. The "YES WE CAN" and "CHANGE" that covered and washed over this country in the beginning months of Barack Husain Obama's presidency are giving way to bleak realities. The greater part of the voters in this country now are beginning to see how Obama's campaign tactics and his early months in office as being completely wrong for this country. An Associated Press Poll shows that a majority of Americans are back to thinking that the country is headed in the wrong direction after a fleeting period in which more people thought it was going in the right direction

Obama still has a 55 percent approval rating, but there are increasing uncertainties about whether he can accomplish some things that he wants to do. And there is a growing implications that he is heading this country for socialism and that he wants to do away with what has made our nation strong. People do not want government control over every part of their life. They already have enough of that. We do life in a communist country. We are a free people.

The amount of people who think Obama can improve the economy is down a whopping 19 percentage points from the exhilarated and ecstatic days just before his inauguration. Forget about the prospect of creating new jobs. Also down considerably: the portion of people who think he can reduce the deficit, take our troops from Iraq and improve respect for the U.S. around the world, all slipping 15 percentage points. You cannot get respect from other nations by apologizing all the time. You cannot reduce the deficit adding trillions of dollars to it. A stimulus package with millions of dollars of pork in it is not what the American people want either. His big issue of reforming heath care to Obama care is losing ground not only with the American people but with capitol hill also. Some of the blue dogs {Democrats}are not going along with him on his health care proposal and no longer are his lap dogs. They are starting to think for their self.

Does all this mean Obama has lost his "yes we can" charm? Has "yes-we-can" changed and transformed into a maybe? Criticism is not only coming from his political opponents, but now it is coming from a ever increasing number of Americans, some of which, just four months ago thought that Obama could do no wrong. Some even thought that he was the messiah. In Obama's case, the problems he's confronting domestically and internationally are great, and his ability to blame them on his predecessor is vanishing. There are still challenges and questions that proliferate and are growing on how to do the right thing in Iraq and Afghanistan. Unemployment, was at 7.6 percent in January, and it hit 9.5 percent in June and is predicted to keep growing higher into next year. The outrageous {pork} stimulus package was suppose to stop that growing number but it has not done it. Almost four percent of homeowners with mortgages are in foreclosure, and an also another eight percent are at least a month behind on payments. This is the highest levels since the Great Depression.

It's all taking a toll on outlook and hope for the country. The number of people who think it's practical and reasonable to expect at least some visible improvement in the economy during Obama's first year in office fell from 27 percent in January to 16 percent in the latest survey.

There's been a falling away, as well, in how people view the president personally. About two-thirds of Americans now think he understands the problems of everyday Americans, that is down from 81 percent in January. Now that most people has a clear view of Obama as not being the savior and seeing where he is coming from more and more are telling him to keep his change and they will keep their money.

Just The Facts

Remember the old TV program “DRAGNET” with Jack Webb? One of his famous lines was “Just the facts”. So let us deal with just the facts toda...