November 22, 2011

An honest set of questions for President Barack Obama from Mr. “tingle up my leg”:

“What are we trying to do in this administration? Why does he want a second term? Would he tell us? What’s he going to do in the second term? More of this? Is this it? Is this as good as it gets? Where are we going? Are we going to do something the second term? He has yet to tell us. He has not said one thing about what he would do in the second term. He never tells us what he is going to do with reforming our healthcare systems, Medicare, Medicaid, how is going to reform Social Security. Is he going to deal with long-term debt? How? Is he going to reform the tax system? How? Just tell us. Why are we in this fight with him? Just tell us, Commander, give us our orders and tell us where we’re going, give us the mission. And he hasn’t done it.

Gee whiz, once you start getting questioned by Chris Matthews you know things aren’t going as swimmingly as planned. People can talk about the failure of the so-called “Super Committee” to agree to a deficit-reduction plan, but what are you going to do when you have two political parties who have drawn lines in the sand: the Democrats who insist on major tax increases to help fund the nation’s spiraling entitlement program problem, and the Republicans who believe in cutting the size and scope of the federal government to reduce spending without major tax increases.

It’s in these very cases when you have two competing visions about where this country needs to go that you need a leader engaged in the process throughout who tries to keep the effort on track and offers various suggestions of compromise to help bring the parties together. Unfortunately, you have a president who has been totally disengaged from the start, someone far more interested in exploiting the effort for cheap political gain and putting his re-election ahead of the country’s needs. He has been disengaged for the past two years, and people in Washington on both sides of the political aisle (yes, even the Democrats) who are deeply offended and disappointed by this pathetic shell of a political leader.

It would be interesting to see how Barack Obama would answer Chris Matthews’ questions, but frankly, I don’t think even he has a clue as to what his presidency stands for anymore besides diding this country along political and class lines, pitting one group of Americans against another, and enjoying the perks of the office without accomplishing anything of lasting substance. No wonder then, that a “dump Obama” sentiment is not just shared by the GOP candidates running for president, but from certain quarters of the Democratic Party as well.

Do I think it will happen? Doubtful, but this president’s alarming lack of competency and seeming unwillingness to lead and engage on the hard political decisions that need to be made to save us from a Greece-like default has to be alarming, even to his own party leadership.

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