25 August 2009

A History Lesson For The President


Mr. Obama's bet was that his personal popularity would be enough to push his agenda through. Perhaps that would have been possible before the $787 billion economic stimulus package, the $410 billion omnibus bill that funds the government, the House-approved cap-and-trade bill, and so forth. But these big-ticket spending bills have helped define what the president means by "hope" and "change," and it is through this prism that the American public now views his health-care proposals.

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5 comments:

Pam Walter said...

Amen! I think the anger and frustration evident in so many of the town hall meetings is about much more than health care. www.satisfiedsole.com

Naim Peress said...

I oppose Obama's health care proposals but I am not surprised that he uses his personal charisma to sell his agenda. Most people vote for someone because they like them. With such an electorate, charisma is a politician's very potent weapon.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Pam:

Yes, people are frightened. The bloom is off the rose.

Naim:

You're right. Personal charm and charisma are assets in any endeavor. Of course, substance must follow or you lose all trust and your "charm" becomes a liability.

Anonymous said...

Obama's policies have caused the 10 year deficit projection to increase from $7 to $9 Trillion. Who wants to bet that it doesn't go even higher? I think we are a bankrupt nation.

Brboyd said...

Anon, we are bankrupt in more ways than one!