I am going to have to admit that when Obama first took office I was cautiously optimistic. Like many others, the implanted notions of hope and change started to shine through the skepticism. After all he seems like a well spoken, educated, pleasant man.
My original skepticism was well founded and a month into this presidency it has become inherently obvious that these people have no idea what they are doing. I don’t mean that they are incompetent in executing a plan, I mean that they literally have no idea what they are doing. Here are just a few reasons hope and change are turning into fear and loathing.
At Obama’s first press conference, the young President won’t take questions about the “economic rescue plan” deferring to Tim Geithner’s announcement the next day. But the next day Tim Geithner’s plan is short on details, to be kind. He essentially delivers no content whatsoever, and even says “we are soliciting public feedback on how to solve this problem.” This supposedly “uniquely qualified” tax cheat has been at the helm of this crisis since the fall of last year and now he wants the public to give him ideas? How can anyone have confidence in this clown. The answer of course is, many don’t and he should be sacked immediately.
Second example… This housing plan that Obama presented. Read about it here.
$75 billion will go to banks participating in new programs that will restructure the borrowers’ loans, lowering their interest rates and extending the length of their mortgage.
The cost? $75 Billion to the tax payers. Ridiculous, not to mention government interference in valid and binding business contracts between two parties in the private market place.
Third Example… What happened to hope and change in the White House itself, in particular Obama’s promise not to hire lobbyists. Obama lied. Sorry, that may be hard for many of you to hear. Here is Obama talking about his executive order on ethics. “If you are a lobbyist you will not be able to lobby for the issue that you lobbied”
Below is a list of lobbyists that are now working in the Obama administration. Thanks to Adam Curry for sourcing up this information.
|Administration Employee||Position||Lobbbyist Position|
|Eric Holder||attorney general||lobby until 2004 on behalf of clients including Global Crossing, a bankrupt telecommunications firm.|
|Tom Vilsack||secretary of agriculture||was registered to lobby as recently as last year on behalf of the National Education Association|
|William Lynn||deputy defense secretary||was registered to lobby as recently as last year for defense contractor Raytheon, where he was a top executive.|
|William Corr||deputy health and human services secretary||was registered to lobby until last year for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a non-profit that pushes to limit tobacco use.|
|David Hayes||deputy interior secretary||was registered to lobby until 2006 for clients, including the regional utility San Diego Gas & Electric.|
|Mark Patterson||chief of staff to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner||was registered to lobby as recently as last year for financial giant Goldman Sachs.|
|Ron Klain||chief of staff to Vice President Joe Biden||was registered to lobby until 2005 for clients, including the Coalition for Asbestos Resolution, U.S. Airways, Airborne Express and drug-maker ImClone.|
|Mona Sutphen||deputy White House chief of staff||was registered to lobby for clients, including Angliss International in 2003.|
|Melody Barnes||domestic policy council director||lobbied in 2003 and 2004 for liberal advocacy groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, the American Constitution Society and the Center for Reproductive Rights.|
|Cecilia Munoz||White House director of intergovernmental affairs||was a lobbyist as recently as last year for the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.|
|Patrick Gaspard||White House political affairs director||was a lobbyist for the Service Employees International Union.|
|Michael Strautmanis||chief of staff to the president’s assistant for intergovernmental relations||lobbied for the American Association of Justice from 2001 until 2005.|