a reply to: IkNOwSTuff
I'm going to be fair and balanced lets look at Obama and his two terms. He pledged to deliver universal health care within four years, help families
struggling from "paycheck to paycheck," seek to end poverty in America, close out a "war with no end" and make future generations proud by defusing
the threat from global warming. So heres the run down he did deliver universal healthcare but lied at the cost. the program is costing trillions and
was just a replacement for Medicare. However the program did cover 17 million who were without healthcare.
Most American's are still living pay check to paycheck and poverty reached a record high of 50 million below the poverty level. However he did help
in the recovery of the housing market crash and without his stimulus plan like it or not it would have been worse.
Now he ended the wars as promised in Afghanistan and Iraq though not quickly enough some would argue. And of course failed to close gitmo. Here now
though is completely reversing this saying American's need to stay in Iraq for the foreseeable future. So hes undoing a major success here.
Now global warming like it or not he took the fight to congress and helped get support for the green industries and done things like block the
keystone pipeline. Have to say he followed his pledge and overall tried to move us to green energy with some success.
Now the division claim yes Obama was not above getting down and dirty using race to pass his agendas. Obviously it didn't work but it has left a
nasty taste in many American's mouths. Now to be fair there were obstructionists his entire 8 years and that heled contribute to his lack luster
performance. However most presidents have to deal with an opposition group opposed to there policies. What Obama did is entrenched them instead of
trying to get them to work with him often using executive order to do an end run.
So as his final report card id have to give his presidency a d. He had the opportunity to do ground breaking things in office and squandered it all
away. Hes not the worst president we have ever had but considering the potential he had being listed as mediocre in the history books is sad.
Now to the people grading trump he hasn't taken office yet meaning there's nothing to grade. But from a speculation stand point heres the way I see
it. Trump will be great for businesses they will make money the question becomes can policies be set up so that money stays here? I'm skeptical in
nature so I say no but will see.
Foreign policy will be difficult for Trump He is used to enforcing his will on others like every other CEO. When dealing with certain countries like
Russia this is a plus considering Putin operates from the same play book. Dealing with Europe however it will be a complete disaster. Europe is all
about politics and I fear Trump will fail here unless he learns quickly. In truth I'm hoping he leaves Europe to Pence he is more than capable of
playing politics. So this is the scariest part of the wait and see approach.
Now domestic policy Trump will do well in this arena. He sees himself as a builder and he sees America as broken and will attempt to fix it. The key
here will be dependent on what he does with social programs. Like it or not they are a reality in presidential politics. He knows for example you cant
touch social security so no fear there. But he is planning on repealing ACA it needs to be done but doing it the wrong way can lead to even bigger
disasters in the future. This is going to be a huge test of his administration since reality is a strictly free market approach will not work.
Infrastructure will probably be his greatest success lets face it presidents for decades have ignored it and we are sadly in need of new roads and
bridges. And inner cities need severe help renovating them many are still dealing with infrastructure built in the 50s. I don't think he will have a
huge impact here mostly because the opposition he will receive from his own party but we will see.
But With Trump trying to grade him as president is silly since he hasn't even taken office yet so the fear is unfounded in general. But I will say
Trump has a need to be liked in case you havnt noticed. So this need may indeed drive him to do somethings very popular to the masses. B0u0t along the
same line he really really really doesn't play well with others and this in and of itself may be the worst problem he faces.