Excellent idea, trumptman. Though I won't put him on ignore. I'll just ignore his petty personal attacks.
I suppose I should respond to the OP in more detail, eh?
Originally Posted by O-Mac
Were people really expecting the Obama Administration to totally revamp the economy and fix all the country's problems within seconds of taking power?
No, I don't think people were expecting any such thing. I do think they were expecting Obama to uphold his promise to get us moving in the right direction economically, and there's a great number of people who believe he will only be prolonging the agony with the policies his administration has thus far enacted.
Obama campaigned as the anti-war candidate, as well. If he truly wanted to cut spending, he would bring our troops home and stop this unconstitutional war like he promised, instead of sending MORE. We are spending billions and billions of dollars (and precious human lives) on this war, which could be put to better use here at home.
I saw some slogan that said "You can't blame Bush anymore." What's a response to that?
Simple: Bush is not the President, therefore he cannot be blamed for the failures of the current administration. Obama promised to clean up Bush's mess but many, including myself, feel he is only adding to it.
Is the Obama Administration just full of hot air as some bumper stickers want you to think?
Yes, I believe they are. The passing of these abominable, pork-laden spending bills alone is proof of it. Didn't Obama pledge to stop frivilous pork barrel spending? Maybe I'm confusing him with McCain--they're so alike.
Are there Republicans out there who hate the Democrats and/or Obama and their ideals so much that they would rather watch the country go deeper into oblivion than do something to fix all these problems? The same goes for Democrats because contrary to popular belief, there are rich Democrats too.
I despise both major parties equally (regardless of whether or not I more closely identify with one or the other) because the end-result of both of them being in power has been the same: big unconstitutional government getting bigger.
"At least he's doing something" is an excuse I've been hearing a lot. As if doing something--in and of itself--is going to solve the problem? I applaud Obama for "doing something". I oppose the specific "something" that Obama is doing, as I do not believe it will ultimately fix these economic problems. If the market recovers, it will be in spite of Obama's policies.
Are there people who really believe that Obama caused this mess? The way some people talk on the street and on tv, you'd think the new administration messed this country up.
Yes, I think there are people who believe that had Obama gone in a different direction with his economic policy, we wouldn't be hurting as much as we are now. Of course that is pure speculation, and it's also probable that no policy, no matter how sound, could have halted the downward spiral.
What is the root cause of people's dislike/disdain on BOTH sides. Democrats on Republicans and Republicans on Democrats and Independents on everything.
That's quite the question. I've often wondered about this, myself. I don't think the answer is a simple one. I do think that we all tend to arbitrarily and unfairly slap labels on people based on their party affiliation (or lack thereof) and that influences how we treat them. For many people, the terms "Republican" and "Conservative" are synonymous, as are "Democrat" and "Liberal". The truth of the matter is, members of each major party represent a whole spectrum of different political ideologies and belief systems. Unfortunately, the ones who scream the loudest in each party are what most people base their opinions on.
And here's the hard part.
Try answering any of these questions without sarcasm or being condescending.