Talk about missing the mark!
Granted, some polls are far better than others and many of them you simply cannot trust because they are skewed to make a person appear to be ahead or behind. Such an example would be one of CBS fame that printed “0% of African Americans disapprove of Obama.” The flaws are obvious given the very person alone currently writing this. On the flip side of the coin are polls that just simply show what is on people’s minds and allow you to make what you want of them. One such poll revealed some startling concerns of the American people in terms of their priorities. As Obama Bashing becomes as much as a leisurely past time for many as does Bush Blaming for others, it becomes apparently clear that the Obama Bashing opportunities have been handed forth on a silver platter trimmed ornate gold.
The top three priorities for Americans this year are; strengthening the economy, improving the job situation and defending the US against terrorism. Clearly the administration has done too little and many will even argue that they have failed because so much attention has paid to three other areas; the stimulus, health care reform and cap and trade legislature. It is here is where they have missed the mark.
A year after the stimulus, the president is passing words on a spending freeze; something many of the best economists argue should have been done a year ago. Blow after blow suffered by health care reform was met by steadfast Democratic determination to get it passed. The ever echoing words of the president in regards to whether or not people want it have come to fruition. In fact, the people “who want it” has dropped steadily since 2005! (60, 59, 56, 54, 52 to 49% each year respectively ending in the 2010 survey of “providing health ins to the uninsured”). Not only does the word “mandatory” begin to make sense since fewer each year were actually listing this as a top priority, it makes sense why the arguments and rhetoric behind it have become so intense. The administration has insisted on an issue that was actually dead in the water before it started. Because of this, they used everything from race baiting to emotive desires like “broken” and the “American Holocaust” to incite and interest that clearly was not there to begin with!
Picking up the tail end of American issues of priority was “dealing with global warming” at 28%. As with its issue predecessor of wasted time and effort of providing insurance, it too dropped markedly over the course of the last several of years. In 2007 38% of Americans identified this as a top issue and it steadily declined to 35, 30 and to 28 percent this year. Perhaps this is because we suffered a severe winter making it difficult to support such allegations that man is warming the planet by driving too much, or even because Obama said his plan would “cause electricity prices to skyrocket.” Then again it may be that people have been brought to remember a not so recent attempt of such cap and trade style taxation with the ever thinning ozone layer at the hands of our gluttonous ways only to discover it was mere cow farts. Who knows and who cares? The bottom line is that the Obama administration has sorely missed the mark of the concerns of the people despite the fact that the people’s interests in their (the administration’s) agenda has been decreasing over the past years. Imagine if you would, where would we be today if the administration’s priorities were that of the people they are representatives of?
Of the bashings befallen Obama, the most consistent is that he is too self-centered to put the people’s agenda before that of his own. An ego maniacal narcissist or not, at least half the accusation is completely true. You simply cannot hit the mark if you are aiming at the wrong target!
If the stimulus were replaced with fiscal conservatism then instead of now, and the efforts on health care reform and cap and trade legislation would have been focused on the top the American issues of concern, Obama may not have hit the bull’s eye, but he would have at least been within the mark.
As we listen to rhetoric coming out of DC, it is not clear whether or not Obama actually gets it. The mixed signals are everywhere from Obama stating on his radio address that health care pushes in the future will be harder and more focused, to him saying he has lost touch with his base. Of concern is the fact that he feels he must get in front of the people more. 441 speeches in 2009 and he thinks getting in front of a teleprompter more frequently will aid this problem is only a testimony to narcissistic tendencies. T he American people want the rubber to actually meet the road, not be told the rubber is going to. We have heard that four hundred and forty one times with far too little to show for it. Speaking about it 500 times in 2010 will literally be more of the same.
The spark is gone, the honeymoon long since over, and the president’s influence has proven to do more damage than good. It’s not just the polls we are talking about, it is expectations. The American people expected much because he told them much was to be delivered. Then he kept telling and telling while the whole time the delivery van was going in a direction the American people felt was on an unneeded route to nowhere.
The Obama Promises Delivery Van is now stopped on the side of the road on a rural route with no American homes on it. He has the map with the target destination on it; the question is… can he read it not?