>Lay off the Obama11:14 AM
Image by jmtimages via FlickrWhy do so many people "strongly disapprove" of Barack Obama right now? He's just 6 months in to his very first presidency! Would you expect yourself to be an expert at a completely new job just 6 months in to it? I don't think so...
Why not instead of looking at everything he's fumbling with right now, look at the beginnings of what he's doing right. Obama has made it extremely easier to obtain an education right now, and there's been a raise in the Pell grant's maximum payout. Do you realize how long education has taken a backseat in our government? Way too long. With the economy the way it is now, the working class person is getting exterminated. Obama is trying to give these people a way out - a career - in order to weather the storm that is raging. You've also got to think that the more people that get careers, the more money is going to get saved on welfare related services - and at the same time, there will be more money available in the national budget as more tax money is flowing in from those people working better paying careers. Then we might actually be able to afford a medical system in the U.S. that makes sure no one gets left behind.
I'm no expert at politics, and I'm sure there's going to be a lot more reform needed in order to get to that form of medical care here, but I do think that making education more accessible and encouraging the public to earn more money (and therefore more tax dollars and less dependence on the government for financial aid) is the beginning of the right way to go.
Give the guy a break. He got something majorly right in his first 6 months as the guy that pushes the red button. Many of us may think we could do the same in that period, but we've never been in that position, and you can be pretty sure it's a very tough position to be in. He's not king. He's got other people there, and he has to hear their opinions, their comments, their advice, their reasoning, etc. and find a common string through all the ruckus to figure out what the people want. He's a negotiator, not a dictator. And if you've ever tried to negotiate with a group of people with all their own agendas... you have had a glimpse of how tough it can really be.
So come on. Give Obama a break, and let him try to do his job for a while before you start to judge and criticize.