President Barack Obama: President’s Rhetorical Sleight-of-Hand Tactics May Have Disillusioned Party Base of Dems; GOP Is No Better

‘I’m exhausted of defending you, defending your administration, defending the mantle of change that I voted for, and deeply disappointed with where we are right now.’ –Velma Hart

President Barack Obama laments that the enthusiasm surrounding his 2008 campaign is not present in 2010. Perhaps it is how he disregards his party’s base to satisfy the unsatisfiable right wing that is causing problems.

However, the disappointment is not only for President Obama, its also for the seeming collapse of the ability of the government to manage the country’s affairs. It seems that a handful of billionaires are now in charge of government policy. The GOP and its billionaire-funded “tea party” and its unseasoned, untrustworthy candidates does not inspire confidence either.

Some issues I have had concerns with follow.

The health-care bill should have been a great achievement. Instead, it’s mired with equanimity because of the closed-door deals negotiated with the health-insurance industry to pass it and his determined opposition to the single-payer proposal. Also, the long lag time for full implementation does not help the situation.

President Obama’s Deficit Commission and its likely proposals against Social Security cause concern. (The site of the Deficit Commission is located at www.fiscalcommission.gov.)

President Obama’s and his Administration’s behavior toward Shirley Sherrod was profoundly disappointing.

The Obama Administration’s positions toward public schools and public school teachers is a huge slap of disrespect.

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