Originally Posted by Fellowship
I believe President Obama is one of the smartest people in DC ...
I felt that he was somewhat detached from the implications of this latest budget proposal.
How do you reconcile those statements?
You're not alone in claiming Obama is one of the smartest people in DC, yet facts suggest otherwise. Throughout his professional career, his actions have proven a fundamental inability to understand economics. He truly doesn't understand wealth or its creation. That's no crime, but he's also demonstrated an inability to appoint advisers who do either. A prerequisite of leadership is to appoint competent experts in their fields, to aggregate their skills, to apply them in policy decisions, and to guide those responsible for effecting change. Obama has had many failures executing that fundamental responsibility of his office. One has to wonder why he can't keep his advisers around for long (Christina Romer, David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel, Larry Summers, Paul Volcker...) Is it because they can't work with him? Was he ignoring them? Carol Browner, Robert Gibbs... can't anyone work with this guy?
He doesn't understand prosperity or the attributes of the United States that have resulted in its becoming the world's wealthiest big country. Instead, he seems to think wealth is some sort of boundless natural resource to be exploited. A government that adopts a policy of "spreading the wealth around" results only in its dissolution. Only misery gets "spread around" and there's no shortage of that.
"Somewhat detached" is a very kind way to describe what I've long recognized as an overall attitude of extreme aloofness in this man. It's not a stretch to characterize this trait as arrogance, or one of entitlement; one who can do no wrong, one who listens to no one. Such characteristics simply aren't consistent with competent leadership, and always - always
- result in failure.
He let Congress run away with a pathetic misappropriation of his campaign stance on insurance reform. He's authorized hundreds of billions of dollars to be thrown away on woefully ill-conceived and ultimately failed economic "stimulus". He's utterly bungled relations with long-standing US allies, from returning a bust of Winston Churchill to calling publicly embarrassing Mubarak on the world stage. Who does that? Are those the actions of an intelligent leader?
It's not unique of you to claim he's smart, but why? What has Obama done, ever, in his lifetime, to support the claim of "smartest guy in DC?"
To be clear and honest I don't blame President Obama for all of the cumulative debt which continues to spiral upwards out of control
Fair enough, however, his proposed budget piles on even more debt
. He's either not very intelligent at all, or he's just being deceptive. Which is it?
Trapped? Such a fate is a luxury not afforded to Presidents. We have big problems. They must
be fixed. We created Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid, the Fed... all the beasts that threaten to devour us. We created these problems; we can fix them. No one else will. They won't be fixed without pain, and they won't be fixed overnight. But you certainly don't fix problems by creating even more of them (Obamacare). Addressing these problems in a meaningful way will take a leader, and Obama isn't up to the job.
He never was.
I am sorry but this 100 billion in savings seems almost pointless if during the same year we spend around 1.6 trillion more than we take in.
Am I wrong here?
No. Of course not. I think most Americans understand he's made pathetic proposals that only makes things worse. It's more of the same problems that got us to this point.
Americans know an economy based on debt
can't continue forever They've seen it first hand. Most Americans - young people especially, don't really believe Social Security will remain solvent. There is a political atmosphere very conducive for genuine reform right now. An intelligent leader would capitalize on that. Obama simply... punted.
After seeing this budget and how he defended it / sold it for his one hour long press conference I came away worried for this country. ... The fact is however that the US is in terrible trouble and I don't think we have seen anything yet.
Me too. The difference between you and me is that I'm not surprised. The rest of this country needs to learn there's more to leadership than a pretty face reading a Teleprompter.