Thursday, December 03, 2009

Obama's Bush Problem

It used to be that the biggest problem Obama faced was the eight years of havoc George Bush, Dick Cheney and Karl Rove wreaked on this country. After a year in office, while this country is still reeling from the policies and practices of the George W. Bush administration, it's becoming increasingly clear that Obama's biggest George W. Bush problem is he's becoming far too much like him, following the very practices and policies of the George W. Bush administration that led to eight of the worst years in recent American history, most especially the Bush Doctrine.

Don't take my word for it, just watch Rachel Maddow.

I'm going to let Maddow argue the questionable merits of Obama's Bush-like policy in Afghanistan, but it's worth pointing out there there's been far too little change in terms of how we address our country's failed banking system and the economy, in job creation (like tax cuts being 40% of the stimulus), or even how this country treats civil rights issues (Guatanimo, a year later, is still open, and if it ever does close, the prisoners will by and large just be shipped to other countries, where they can continue to be held without trial indefinitely).

A lot of national democrats are starting to become worried about losing a lot of seats in 2010, despite the fact that the Republicans have not gained any popularity, even with these democratic failures. Well, there's a reason why. This country voted for change and we're not getting it. The people who turned out, excited for that charge, are starting to feel burned. It's hard to ask people to come out for you again when you failed to deliver on change from eight years of George W. Bush. Obama and national democrats better learn this lesson soon, because it'll quickly be too late.

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