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the only positive thing i can think of that he has done is a single aspect of his healthcare reform bill crap, which was preventing insurance companies from refusing to cover people for pre-existing conditions.
of course the rest of it was a crock of expletive which not only means more taxes, but also higher costs for insurance.
Originally posted by HumansEh
Sorry to interject (as a non American) but I think Obama will be historically the most important president of the US. in history. I had a blog in 2008 where I supported Obama as possibly the greatest possibility for unifying the United States in its diversity but I also believed that the presidency was merely a window dressing for a government that merely required popular opinion to ease its agenda through the media. I said then and was criticised for it, that Obama would be the greatest gift to the Republican party ever because once in office he would realise quickly how impotent and powerless the office of the presidency actually is.
I believe that Obama is a good man who now knows that idealism and power is contained within the pyramid, not in the golden tip.
He will be most important because under his presidency more people will wake up to the reality of politics than ever before.
Smoke and mirrors, bread and circuses
Obama will probably be the last freely elected president ever.
Yes We Can! (change the golden tip of the pyramid)
Originally posted by Benevolent Heretic
reply to post by HumansEh
Really well said.
I think Obama was good and bad. He had a lot of great ideas and good plans, but he was ineffective in achieving his goals, mostly because the office of the president doesn't have the power we think it does and secondly, because he tried to be centrist and please everyone. He WANTED to bring the parties together and let that ideology get in his way of accomplishing what he was elected to do. He ended up passing compromised legislation that satisfied no one in his voting base. He was voted in by Democrats and Liberals and then tried to please everyone and failed at both.
If he had made great progress toward ending the war, stopping marriage discrimination, ending lobbying, national health care, investigating George Bush and 9/11, closing Guantanmo, he'd be a very popular president this election. As it is, his loyal voters are looking elsewhere.
Obama isn't evil or even particularly dangerous. He's a very smart man with a lot of good ideas, but I don't think he knew what he was getting into, frankly. I wouldn't mind if he would be given another term, but he'd have to work differently for me to be happy. If Ron Paul's name is anywhere on the ballot, I don't know yet which name I'd choose.
Originally posted by FlyersFan
When our guys found Bin Laden and Obama had to 'sit on the information and think about it' because Bin Ladin was in Pakistan .. that really took the cake. :shk: It had been widely assumed for years and years that Bin Ladin was probably in Pakistan. Finding him there was no surprise. For Obama to say ... "geeee... I'm shocked ... I've gotta take some time to think about this ...." that's INSANE. He just then decided to think about it?? The idiot probably wanted Bin Ladin to get away or something .... wouldn't surprise me at all.