A Wasted Presidency
by Kent, Sat Jan 23, 2010 at 11:21:56 PM EST
It is now amazing to me that Barack Obama had the gaul to accuse Bill Clinton of being a "non-transformative President" and praise Ronald Reagan for being one.
Transformative Presidents get things done and usually have highly productive first years. Reagan got his big tax and spending cuts in his first year which changed the tax code in this country for years to come. Even Bill Clinton managed to pass a significant tax increase and gun control laws.
Barack Obama has done nothing transformational in his first year. He has sat around wasting his time, trying to be bipartisan. And dont expect it to get any better. When Presidents get things done, it is in their first year. You get one year to get things done and then the window closes.
It is looking like Barack Obama wasted a chance to change this country in the way that he promised to. He is not going to reform healthcare or anything else. He is going to simply maintain the status quo.
Maybe he will get lucky like Bill Clinton did and have teh economy surge enough to bring down unemployment below 7.5% in two years so he can get reelected. However, I doubt it. And for that matter, I really dont care whether he gets reelected.