It’s early, I know, but here’s the deal:
1) He’s already talking down the economy, saying things are much worse than he expected, and it will take longer to recover. That’s Loser talk. That’s trying to find excuses before he even tries. We elected him to be a leader, not to try and lower the bar for the outcomes of his effort.
2) Some of his first actions were to make half-hearted announcements to “fulfill” campaign promises through rhetoric rather than action. He has stated an intent to close Guantanamo within a year and get US troops out of Iraq in 16 months. I’m betting neither of those things actually happen on time.
3) Regarding Iraq, his attempt to “fulfill” his campaign promise to get US troops out of Iraq is doubly empty since the only reason he can even do it 24 months is because President Bush put the right people in place to succeed. It is now safe enough to leave Iraq, something Obama insisted was an impossible notion in his campaign. His refusal to admit being wrong does not speak well of him as either a man or a President.
4) He has not shown any inclination to rein in Congressional Democrats’ pork and corruption. Our economy is bad because from 2006-2008, Democrats in Congress sent signals to the economy that success would be punished with higher taxes, and there would be no accountability for bad loans. The current Congressional Democrat solution is to do more of the same. Frank, Dodd, and Rangel are not being held accountable for their corrupt practices that added to the financial crisis, either.
The US has lived beyond its means for years, and Obama’s solution is to complain that “It’s too hard to fix!” while allowing the Congressional Democrats to push the nation even farther beyond its means in order to gather the political capital (buying votes) to withstand the appropriate consequences of driving the nation’s economy into the dirt.
I can’t wait until 2010 or 2012 when we can get some adults who understand cause and effect back in control of the country.