Obama’s First Year in Office: Most Effective President Ever

Obama’s First Year in Office: Most Effective President Ever
by Davis Fleetwood (e) NoCureForThat {at} gmail {dot} com
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Lately the talking heads on left and the right seem to actually agree on something, the assessment of Obama as summarized in a recent Newsweek feature titled, ”Yes He Can (But He Sure Hasn’t Yet). “ I’m here to tell you they are wrong. Judged on the lemonade he is making out of the lemons left to him, Obama can clearly claim the title, Most Effective President Ever.

Let us look at Obama’s accomplishments in the arena of foreign policy.  Remember, it was MLK who said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.” A citizenry with spirits intact may actually play their part in this Constitutional Republic and hold their elected officials accountable. So crushing our spirits becomes a central requirement of the President, whose very job, in an ornamental role not dissimilar to that of a present day British Monarch’s, is paving the way for the expansion of the American Empire as first articulated with the concept of Manifest Destiny and made profitable with the establishment of the military industrial complex.

Obama, 1 year in. What grade do you give him?

Consider the famous campaign promise made by Obama on the campaign trail:

“I will promise you this, that if we have not gotten our troops out by the time I am president, it is the first thing I will do. I will get our troops home. We will bring an end to this war. You can take that to the bank.”

And juxtapose that with the reality that more soldiers in the Afghanistan and Iraq today are there on order from commander in chief Obama that Bush. This is Obama’s war.

If that doesn’t break your spirit, consider the Orwellian horror show of our current President accepting the Nobel Peace Prize with a speech that makes the case for war.

A stroke of genius from the most effective president ever. With the spirits of citizens crushed to the point that they will not hold their elected officials accountable, the process of Imperial expansion across the globe gets exponentially expedited.

Now let us quickly look at domestic policy, and the big hot button topic: health care reform. Consider what Obama said before he was elected:

To achieve health care reform, “I’m going to have all the negotiations around a big table. We’ll have doctors and nurses and hospital administrators. Insurance companies, drug companies — they’ll get a seat at the table, they just won’t be able to buy every chair. But what we will do is, we’ll have the negotiations televised on C-SPAN, so that people can see who is making arguments on behalf of their constituents, and who are making arguments on behalf of the drug companies or the insurance companies. And so, that approach, I think is what is going to allow people to stay involved in this process.”

Once in office, Obama did not deliver on this template for reform. The Obama insurance reform was negotiated in closed sessions with insurers and drug companies. This strategy made it impossible to bargain effectively for lower drug costs or debate the merits of a true public option: single payer healthcare.

Instead, healthcare reform in it current form has Wall Street ecstatic. It has liberals fighting with democrats, Democrats agreeing with Republicans, all playing out on infotainment channels, creating enough white noise that we have hardly notices the transition that Obama has undergone: from candidate Obama, a fighter for regular Americans, to President Obama an inside dealer with insurance lobbyists and bankers.

This smooth, and nearly invisible, transition has helped the United States of America stay the course at home and abroad: with American Imperialism expanding, and huge 8 figure bonuses being handed out on wall street again Barack Obama clearly deserves the title of Most Effective President Ever.


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