Despite the euphoria generated in 2008 by the mainstream media at the thought of electing the first black president, this site founded by both a liberal and a conservative, repeatedly wrote about concerns about Obama’s lack of experience to deal with the greatest collapse of the U.S. economy since the Great Depression. We wrote and exposed concerns regarding his advisers and selection of cabinet officers, often being the first to expose conflicts of interest. And when we questioned why he chose to put his political capitol into this health program rather than an economy bleeding jobs, we were hacked.
The current problems with implementing a health program that is neither universal care nor a product of Darwin capitalism, is the fact that in playing politics with this fundamental right of access to the health care system, it warped into a complicated behemoth doomed to failure. The first indication of trouble was the sheer size of the legislation. The Congress was pressured to pass it when most had not fully read the
Bill, nor had time to fully comprehend it.
The second indication of trouble was that while mired in the struggle for its passage, the Executive lost sight of addressing the economy and the country continued to slide ever downward resulting in the decimation of the nation’s middle class—and it hasn’t stopped yet. In fact, it has been shown that as recently as Obama’s re-election in 2012, that the numbers, showing a possible recovery with a drop in unemployment to under 8%, were erroneous. The only national economic plan Obama produced was Cash for Clunkers, that destroyed the secondhand inventory of cars available to the lower and middle classes and in retrospect has had little to no effect on the economy.
The third indication of trouble resulted in the dropping of an important provision of the health care plan that of long term care, an issue which help gain the support of seniors, due to its’ unforeseen high costs. Thus another indication that the Executive’s handle on forecasting its’ costs and/or savings were not on point.
Lastly, we come to the implementation of this new health directive online to insure everyone, thereby reducing medical costs by preventive care, at a reasonable cost to the individual taxpayer. Let’s face it, in simple terms this latest debacle only required a workable software program. Surely, Obama’s close relationship with the founders of Google should have been able to accomplish that! And what is the reaction by Obama to this latest glitch? Well, let’s take his most recent news conference. You could almost hear the strains of the music and the lyrics ‘I’m sorry, so sorry…’ But even that was disingenuous as he alternated between variations of ‘the buck stops here,’ and pointing his finger at others.
What Obama fails to understand is that the job of President requires vigilance and like former President George W. Bush said it’s hard work. You have to take on all the tasks even the most boring ones. You must not only lead, but execute your ideas. and this also includes quality control. The real shame is that in one of our nation’s dire moments, the nation elected a politically correct neophyte instead of an experienced leader.
Op-Ed by Reformed Liberal
Posted on Wednesday, November 20th 2013