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The Re-election of President Obama

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Steve_uk, Jun 9, 2012.

  1. Steve_uk

    Steve_uk Well-Known Member BANNED

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    The tablecloths had been newly washed,ironed and starched and the quilled napkin rings set in place at the eponymous Jefferson Hotel,Washington,and one would have liked a cent for Obama's thoughts as he strode past a mural of Thomas Jefferson's Monticello south vineyard for the $40,000 a head dinner,where the highlight for the 20 guests was to shake hands with the President after partaking of the latest gourmet dessert. However such are the demands of modern life that he hardly had time to gently dab his mouth before jetting off to visit the Hollywood lovie set hosted by personal friend and property developer Charles Quarles,to amass a total of $60 million in party contributions for the month.Mitt Romney,his Republican challenger,managed $76 million.

    With the bought election result in Wisconsin this week fresh in both candidate's minds that will be welcome news.The candidates will be staggering their journey to the White House in two halves;the first will be the run-up to the party conventions:for the Democrats this will be held for the first time in Charlotte,North Virginia,for the Republicans on more seasoned territory in Tampa,Florida.Both are swing states and both need the generated publicity in these tough times,in a country where in the past Cincinnati housewives and steel tariffs have proved decisive in the electoral outcome. Then the televised debates,the travelling,the politicking.

    So what of Obama,the first black president with a white mother and Kenyan lawyer father,both with razor-sharp intellects,yet whose mother's drive and ambition for her son manifested itself in his early-morning wake-ups confronting a quick-fire question session as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes.It was she he remembered as he was pushing his health-care reform bill through Congress,typical of the 46 million Americans with no safety net and the millions more who like his mother were worrying about their bills as she faced a terminal illness.

    True,Obama inherited a bum steer,with the worst economic slump since the days of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1931.Yet,say his critics,after three years growth rates were massively ahead of what they are today.Hemmed in by the Tea Party movement,the extra military spending and a multi-billion dollar stimulus plan adding another couple of trillions to the already huge $14 trillion debt,it appears at times as if Mr. President is just wringing his hands,whilst not averse to swinging a mashie on his favourite Martha's Vineyard golf course.

    His opponent Mitt Romney is another family-oriented self-made man,or rather the silver spoon he was born with in his mouth he has turned to gold.Son of Michegan Governor George,Mitt was packed off to France in the late 1960s:at a time when the Clintons and Bushes were avoiding the draft Mitt was having la porte shoved firmly in his face as he trudged the streets of Le Havre in an optimistic yet vain attempt to convert Catholic France to what some unkindly regard as a non-Christian cult,Mormonism.

    On return to America he enrolled in a business and law degree course at Harvard University.With the right connections(his father served in the Nixon administration)he gained experience as a management consultant in Boston and set up his own private equity firm Bain Capital in 1984.One view of how private equity works is depicted by political economist Robert Reich here:http://memex.naughtons.org/archives/2012/04/12/16012 However one thing cannot be denied:though 65 years old he has the energy level of a man half his age,and whatever the rights and wrongs of the acquisition of his $200 million wealth he has spent countless hours outside the boardroom engaged in charity work and other community activities.

    So what of each candidate's chances for the White House in November?Economists have calculated that factoring in those who are working part-time by default and those who despite Obama's slogan of "Yes We Can" have given up looking for work altogether,the real unemployment rate stands at 14%.This explains Romney's lead of 47% to 43% on the economy,which is where the election will be won. Yet foreign policy remains unpredictable with Afghanistan,Syria,Iraq and Libya capable of throwing both these well-travelled men off- course.Yet Obama must remain cautiously optimistic as he prepares for his next bowl of Junket dessert placed on fine linen served from another celebrity hotel venue.
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    Can anybody remember why President Barack Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009? This sums up some of the qualms people have concerning the presidency,a nice well-intentioned man upon whom much has been bestowed, yet who until now has delivered little.The latest survey abroad has shown a steep drop in support for the President,most notably in China where his approval rating has fallen from 57% to 27%.

    Maybe the Chinese have lost respect for America as their economic power gives them a greater say in how that country is run. Or maybe they are against the increasing drone strikes,every one approved personally by the President.He has doubled the number since Bush,and the figures according to the New America Foundation stand at 302 drone strikes since 2004 in North West Pakistan,which killed up to 2840 with an estimated non-militant fatality rate of 17%. Obama's aides will no doubt try to portray him as the killer of Bin Laden personally,to expunge the lukewarm reception he receives from America's Jewish lobby with his failure to make progress with Iran,his unguarded remarks on Netanyahu,his listless relationship with Putin, the lingering uncertainty in Afghanistan and the military's nose put out of joint due to their budgetary reductions.

    Obama will be glad that foreigners will not be casting votes in November. As both candidates tour the swing states there is indeed a very different policy and vision of the country on offer.If anyone can scrutinize the laissez-faire economics of Mitt Romney and the Republicans it is this law professor,Senator and former Chicago community worker. In fact the opposition might find during the campaign that there is nobody better in doing just that.
  3. Colbro

    Colbro Well-Known Member

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    You see what I mean Steve - your choice of Phraseology makes it clear what your true politics are. You think you blind us with science - You Don't
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    Colbro Well-Known Member

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    We are talking about a politician here. Very few people would describe any politician as "nice" and "well intentioned" You do however.:duh
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    Steve_uk Well-Known Member BANNED

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    Could we reply on the other Obama post..yes I am against laissez-faire economics..you might find I am in the majority with that point of view.
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    Colbro Well-Known Member

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    Good. We have finally found something you believe in. Or at least something you don't believe in.

    As a teacher would say "steady progress is being made"
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  7. Colbro

    Colbro Well-Known Member

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    However - having admitted your dislike of "lassez-faire economics could you put this in the other thread and explain how this works in your "Third Way " of politics.

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