It is hard to believe, but it has been just over a year since President Obama took the oath of office on that chilly, sunny, historic day last January and became the 44th president of the United States. He was thought of as being some sort of savior to the many mounting problems of this country and many folks were very optimistic that we had a very competent president who would lead this country in the right direction. Now one year later, things are rapidly going downhill for the President. His poll numbers have slipped all year and his support, among many independents who helped him get elected, have severely eroded. Even members of his own party have not supported him on certain key issues. If there ever was an event which symbolized his problems, it was the Massachusetts election. A sure warning sign that many in this country are becoming fed up with his administration’s policies.
I feel the biggest mistake the President made in his first year is not focusing enough on what is really gripping the country, the economy and job losses. Instead, his administration seems to be focusing in on health care reform first which is great but that should not be the first priority. I was very puzzled the other night when he said that he will focus in the new year on jobs, jobs, jobs. It is like, HELLO Mr. President!! Where was this talk last year? The unemployment rate grew last year from 7.6 at the beginning of the year to just over 10 percent at the end of the year. Oh sure, there was the infamous 787 billion stimulus plan, which was strictly a partisan bill and quickly passed. The Obama administration made a claim that this bill will ensure that unemployment will not go over 8 percent. Of course, the stimulus bill probably helped some keep their jobs but over 2.7 million jobs were lost since the signing of this bill. What kind of stimulus is that? The Obama administration has been roundly criticized for that bill and rightly so.
Many of President Obama’s big pieces of legislation such as health care and cap and trade are having an effect on businesses around the country. There is a tremendous amount of uncertainty among many business owners on what Obama’s new policies will have on their taxes and costs. I personally know some business owners who are very concerned about what this administration will do and how it will affect their business. Therefore, they are lying low and not hiring. If the unemployment rate stays at 10 percent for the next year of so, President Obama will have a serious uphill climb to get re-elected in 2012. I believe that figure will be what makes of breaks his presidency. You cannot have that many people out of work and claim success as an administration.
There are other mistakes that Obama should be held accountable for especially the handling of terrorists and closing down Guantanamo Bay. Giving terrorists, who are enemies of the United States, criminal rights is just plain wrong. They should be tried in a military court. Why should my tax dollars go towards defending someone who wants to kill me and my family. The administration’s plan for handling terrorists is so ridiculous!! That needs some serious review. In fact, many of this administration’s plans and policies need further review. They are nothing more than extreme left wing policies that have failed in the past and will fail again. And don’t get me started on the spending that this administration is doing. They are accumulating a massive debt and people should be concerned about it. Sooner or later, we or our children will have to pay for this debt and it will not be pretty! I really wonder if anyone in that administration has a clue about what economics and responsible spending is all about. If not, they better soon or they will wreck this country!
All presidents have encountered problems in their first year and there is plenty of time for Team Obama to get their act straight. For starters, please work with the Republican party instead of being so partisan all the time. Having a mixture of ideas is very healthy and can produce better legislation. So many of Obama’s new pieces of legislation, such as the health care bill, are strictly partisan and to me, those bills are not legitimate. Many people in this country feel the same way. And please, listen to the concerns and gripes of the American people. I personally feel we are not being heard enough by the folks in Washington and that is very concerning to me. So Obama must decide which path to take from now on. Is it the radical left path with a proven history of failure or the path which leads America in the right direction such as the case in the 80’s. That is the challenge for President Obama and there is still time to turn around. But I have my doubts about which direction he will go.