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Obama's speech: All promises, no details

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Little-Acorn, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Little-Acorn

    Little-Acorn Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much what I expected. He's only been Prez for a month, and it's the hardest job in the world. He told us he's going to accomplish marvelous things - that's what any politician says this early. And he never gave any details about how they would be done, what would be done to cure the problems that will inevitably crop up along the way, etc.

    He said he would reform Health Care, which is certainly a field that could do with some reform. When a liberal says that, they usually mean massive government intrusion, restrictions, and bureaucracies. But Obama gave no details, so we'll see on that one.

    He also said he would increase the military, raise their pay, etc. That's excellent. If he does it, he'll be the first liberal since FDR to pull it off. Pretty much all military increases have come from conservatives so far. We'll see how Obama does here.

    Very few details on the economy. Again, I'm not surprised. A month of study on a problem that has been getting worse for 80 years and has defied all fixes to date, will barely scratch the surface. And he has spent all his time before that campaigning, not studying the problem.

    A couple odd things did jump out at me. He declared flatly that he wasn't for Big Government. That's like Paul Bunyan declaring at age 25, that he wasn't interested in logging... after clearing the entire upper Midwest of trees. Maybe he said it so that people would be so surprised, they'd be distracted from other parts of the speech?

    And he said he would sign budgets that have no earmarks. This after already signing one massive bill that had more earmarks than any in the history of the world (literally!), and with a budget bill headed for his desk in a few days that will come in a close second.

    Barry, you're just starting in this game, we know. Nobody expects miracles from you in the first month. And as I said, it's the hardest job in the world, no matter who is doing it.

    But you really need to cut down on the flat lies. There's no point to them. People who are looking to you for leadership, will be put off by them (note the Dow's reaction today - it has no confidence after your speech). Even the people who support you, won't stretch so far as to give you any credence.

    What, exactly, is the upside of saying those two things? I can't see ANY.

    Over all, basically it was a rah-rah speech, telling people he's on the job and to be patient with him, which is about all any President can give after only one month in office. "Stick with me, I'll make it better". Except for those two odd, jarring notes.

    And there was one humorous part. He said he intended to cut the deficit in half. He said this, only days after signing a bill that tripled it. The math can be left as an exercise for the class... but you have to admire his sense of humor, all the same.

    Over all, the jury will be out, until we start seeing the details and/or results. Or lack of them.
     
  2. XCALIDEM

    XCALIDEM Active Member

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    Every time this guys gives his speeches he makes me sick. He sounds like a used car salesman.... :mad:
     
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    Here's your used-car salesman.

    :rolleyes:
    :p
     
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    The last 8 years is over Mr. Shaman. I don't recall hearing Bush or Reagan talking about the messes they inherited. They just got to work and did the job.

    Give it a break. The facts are

    Obama has been in congress helping make decisions since 2006
    Obama has been in office since Jan 20th and the economy is tanking futher and further.

    Why, because plainly he has no real answers. He can't tell people, nor can his cabinet appointees.. like Geithner, how they are going to fix problems. All he can say is he can spend more money than anyone else.

    None of the things he's trying have ever been proven to work. It's like saying, I don't have enough to pay my mortgage, but if I go out and spend more, everything will be fine.

    It's easy for him to say because, I beleive, he does not even care about how he is going to pay it back. He may say he cares, but he doesn't care, or he wouldn't keep piling up debt like there's no tomorrow (or preaching about there not being a tomorrow.
     
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