Electoral Politics In A Nutshell

January 20th, 2010at 07:23am Posted by Eli

If the voters think you’re accomplishing most of what they think you promised to accomplish, you’ll probably get re-elected.  If they don’t, you probably won’t.

Obama managed to charm voters into believing that he had promised more than he actually did, but so far has delivered far less than he actually promised.

Here’s a partial composite list of things that Obama promised, or that those who voted for him think he promised:

  • Universal healthcare that doesn’t suck
  • Financial reform to restructure Wall Street and punish its malefactors of great wealth
  • Jobs/economic stimulus/mortgage relief
  • Shifting the tax burden back towards the rich
  • Emphasis on green energy and jobs/significant reductions of greenhouse emissions
  • Government transparency/restoration of respect for the Constitution and rule of law
  • Reduction of lobbyist influence
  • Abolition of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell
  • Closing of Gitmo
  • Withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Accountability for Bush administration criminals

I can’t think of a single item on this list that Obama has come even close to achieving, or even made a good-faith effort to achieve.  I’d say that he was comparatively most successful on jobs and economic stimulus, but 10% unemployment isn’t exactly something to brag about.

Obama and the Democrats got their performance review yesterday.  If they don’t start showing some serious improvement in the quality of their work product over the next nine months, a whole bunch of them are going to get fired.

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Democrats,Economy,Elections,Healthcare,Obama,Politics


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