Hope and Change hiccup

Brad Willis

Brad Willis is a writer based in Greenville, South Carolina. Willis spent a decade as an award-winning broadcast journalist. He has worked as a freelance writer, columnist, and professional blogger since 2005. He has also served as a commentator and guest on a wide variety of television, radio, and internet shows.

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  1. RedxBranch says:

    I agree……but as long as the general public continues to fall for the ‘wag the dog’ stunts then those tactics will continue. That type of political strategy is easier than educating/convincing the general population that your proposals have merit and are worth implementing.

  2. KenP says:

    Well, he wasn’t my dog in the race. Hell, I didn’t even have a pussy cat in that one. But, I do wish the man well. He’s solving our run of overspending/gambling/whatever with massive chunks of same. That does make me nervous but you and everybody else tells me how bright and honest he is; so maybe I’m wrong.

    There is one thing I’m seriously not liking. He opposed earmarks and I thought his attack of the lobbyist might be at least a partial move in that direction. Latest word on his budget is that it now contains over 4000 earmarks. Business as usual I can understand. His silence, I don’t.

    Everybody needs to recognize where we are in this ‘bailout’ and consider their cost. http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=aZchK__XUF84

  3. CJ says:

    KenP: The White House isn’t silent on those 8000 earmarks in the omnibus spending bill. The spin factory has decided the line (repeated already by Rahm Emanuel and Robert Gibbs) is, “This is last year’s business.” In other words, it’s not in their control. It’s BS, but it’s the best line they got. Democrat Evan Bayh wants Obama to veto the bill, but Obama says he will sign it.

    I remember back when Obama was picking his cabinet and holding his early press conf. that I said to my wife, “Well, maybe this won’t be as bad as I feared.” My wife didn’t appreciate the sentiment, but I thought we had a moderate Democrat here. It’s clear now, however, that we don’t. I worry about him pushing his liberal agenda in an economy this bad. Maybe they’re right… maybe the economic impact of things like cap and trade won’t hit middle class families until after the economy turns around. I sure hope so!!

  4. Jim The Knife says:

    COME ON FOLKS. WAKE UP. The man’s been in office for 10 minutes.
    He’s going to do just fine. Also Otis, that sentence you quoted …
    how do you know it’s true? Because you read it in a report?
    Throwing out those sort of statements is Limbaughism at it’s finest.
    The Elephants are in panic mode. They control nothing and it’s scared the shit out of them. Just relax and let our President fix the problems as best he can.
    It’s important to note that the Reps do NOT have alternative suggestions. Just negative rhetoric.

  5. StB says:

    Sorry Jim but you are wrong. Conservatives do have an alternate suggestion. Read Paul Ryan’s article http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123595257066605147.html

  6. Grouse14 says:

    Jim the knife,
    The problem with american politics is people like you. Honestly you will never ever see anything that your adoptive party does as wrong, or misguided even. Otis is right and has every right to be worried about the man he voted for. All you have to go on is the campaigers promises. Otis saw one that he would really like to see him stick to and now people are seeing that the promise was little more than smoke and mirrors. I did not vote for Obama, for other reasons, but if the man I voted for would have won and then did a 180 on his campaign promises you better believe I would have been pissed. you need to get over the fact that no matter which party you support, they are going to do things that are not right, and when they do you should critisize them on it. Weather they have been in office for 2 months or 4 years.

    -Grouse

  7. KenP says:

    Thanks for clarifying it, CJ. BTW, it has now topped 9000. When do they start to appear on his watch?

    I saw Bayh comment. He’s a local. Thought it was gutsy. He’s also in permanent run mode for higher office. That he’s making an early break with the program is scary.

    I see the comments are outgrowing the piece. Takes me back to the run itself. During that time there was so much promise that the on-high himself could not have satisfied.

    Many try to remake Washington in their image. That’s a graven image that makes you wonder if the Muslim’s weren’t on to something. In that respect, he might have been better served digging up old Carter troops over the Clinton crowd.

    Obama just had a different face/message for every constituency. I don’t think he breaks his promises as much as he’s breaking the one’s others assigned him without permission.

    He’s starting to look like Carter in how long he can last too. In future polls, he and Jimmy will be near the top for intellect. George won’t be close but he also won’t be blamable a year or so down the road.

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