Sunday, March 15, 2009

The O and the I word...(incompetence)

from the blog Don Surber
March 15, 2009
cartoon from Don Surber blog

Shh. No one is supposed to be saying it this early, but people are beginning to wonder if President Obama knows what he is doing.
Underneath the bluster — he actually said “President Obama has accomplished more in 30 days than any president in modern history” — is a lot less than he thinks there is.
Passing spending bills — counting his half of the TARP, the deficit has increased by $1.5 trillion on his watch — is not the same as planning and executing those expenditures.
His accomplishments have been legislative, not administrative. It is nice that 4 years after the people of Illinois elected him to the Senate that he finally is getting legislation passed, but he’s in the executive branch of government.
And the people he picked to help him are not very good.
Tax Cheat Tim Geithner has become the symbol of this administration.
And I am far from alone in question The Won’s competence. In the New York Daily News today, Michael Goodwin wrote, “None other than Warren Buffet, an Obama supporter, has called the administration’s message on the economy ‘muddled.’ Even China says it is worried about its investments in American Treasury bonds. Ouch.
“Much of the blame falls on Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, whose appalling tax problems softened the ground under him before he took office. After his initial fumbling presentations, he became a butt of jokes on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ not a sustainable image for the point man in a recession. And still the market waits for his answer to the banks’ toxic assets.”
And that’s the problem. The Won has failed to attract and appoint enough competent managers to make the government work.
Goodwin, again: “Yet the doubts aren’t all about Geithner, and they were reinforced by the bizarre nomination and withdrawal of Chas Freeman as a top intelligence official. It’s hard to know which explanation is worse: that the White House didn’t know of Freeman’s intemperate criticism of Israel and his praise of China’s massacre at Tiananmen Square, or that it didn’t care.
Good riddance to him. But what of those who picked him?”
A year ago, when then-Sen. Hillary Clinton raised doubts about her fellow Democrat — most notably Obama’s association with the Rev. Jeremiah “God Damn America” Wright for 20 years — the Loony Left decried guilt-by-association.
Ditto Bill Ayers.
Ditto Tony Rezko.
I saw it otherwise, as proof that far from having perfect judgment, it showed his inexperience and poor judgment of people.
Now the nation and the world sees just what this pig-in-a-poke the electorate purchased.
The only counterargument the Loony Left can make is 1. Obama is popular and 2. President Bush was a doodyhead.
I hope for the nation’s sake the VRWC is wrong about this guy.

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