136. Obama acting lame, or is
June 29, 2009 § Leave a comment
On finance, health, education, energy and climate as well as redressing the dmage done by income concentration from regan t Bush 2, Obama needs to fight fierce. Is he biding his time or losing his advantage? The stylle of compromise tends to set the momentum of this admin which may be difficult toc hange. The expectation now is, compromise on everything.
A White House that is more interested in promotion than in product development has another great drawback: it squanders talent. Mr Obama has impeccable taste in advisers: he has scooped up many of the country’s pre-eminent experts in almost every area of public policy. One wonders why. On the main domestic issues, they are not designing policy; they are working the phones, drumming up support for bills they would be deploring if they were not in the administration. Apart from anything else, this seems cruel. Mr President, examine your conscience and set your experts free.
The greatest waste of talent in all this, however, is that of Mr Obama himself. Congress offers change without change – a green economy built on cheap coal and petrol; a healthcare transformation that asks nobody to pay more taxes or behave any differently – because that is what voters want. Is it too much to ask that Mr Obama should tell voters the truth? I think he could do it. He has everything it takes to be a strong president. He is choosing to be a weak one.