To tell the truth, I never expected much from him anyway, except that he'd at least act like a rational adult most of the time, which is a not
insignificant improvement over his predecessor.
So I have no doubt we're a bit more popular these days. But it's more of an effect of not being Bush than anything else, an expression of hope and
Not much of an interview, in my opinion: journalism has sunk to the most abysmal lows I've ever seen. No reporter has asked a tough, relevant
question in so long I can't remember it. No followup questions, no challenges to the most breathtakingly obvious contradictions and fabrications; not
that there was anything glaring in that, it was too light and fluffy, pretty, reassuring words, but fluff. And to be honest and pragmatic, a lot of
times that's what's needed. But depth and action are ultimately necessary.
I noticed the subject of jobs and banking reforms were glossed without any depth whatsoever. No challenge to why we are still allowing foriegn tech
workers, nurses, and other professionals to flood our labor market (H1B and similar programs) when so many citizens are unemployed in those fields. It
beggars belief that no employable citizens can be found to fill those positions.
One of the most common errors of interpreting what a politician is talking about is the false assumption of common definitions. For instance, Obama
stated that they've increased funding for "small business". As a reporter, I would have immediately asked him to define what he meant by "small".
I think most people would be shocked to find how big you can be and still qualify as a small business. Most of what you and I might think of as a
small business is more often actually a "micro" business, one that doesn't qualify for much aid because they are too small.
it's the utter lack of enforcement of anything like the rule of law in the financial sectors that disturbs me more than anything. If they wanted to,
they could declare that what happened was a "suspected terrorist attack" upon our financial sector and use the Patriot Act to look at the Fed's
books and track the hedge funds. Or they could apply simple fraud laws. AIG committed fraud, pure and simple: they sold people a non-existent product,
insurance they knew they couldn't back up. One wonders how, if Timothy Geithner is the brightest of the bright, so banking savvy and all, the
taxpayer got screwed on every deal he struck? Until some real action is taken to control the banksters we will have extremely seriously deteriorating
conditions in our economy. The real economy, not the fantasyland gambling pit the stock market has become.
But ten months is not much time for anything to be obvious yet. We will still likely fall off a cliff soon in my opinion, but I'll allow he's bought
a little time at least. But it takes a lot more time to change course from eight years of willful incompetence. I personally doubt that he has enough,
not with the best of intentions and skill; things are too far gone for anyone to correct in time without some very major changes.
But he needs to fulfill his rhetoric and actually, truly change something
quick, or he'll lose goodwill fast. The people's temper is very
fragile, I think, and hard to tell which way they'll go if they lose what little faith they have left in the political process.
[edit on 18-11-2009 by apacheman]