Sat Dec 19th, 2009 at 09:51:56 PM EST
I think of Hercules and the Augean Stables before I start criticizing Obama for not doing enough.
Of course I have desires about how the government should apportion its money and power, but I don't pretend to have the knowledge necessary to judge the behavior of someone I elected, since I can't predict the future.
I read Obama's books, even downloaded his final exams and comments that he gave to his student in constitutional law. I looked at his record in Illinois, carefully remembering how the Illiniois legislature actually works.
I've learned most of the ins and out of the operation of the Congress and Courts, and tried to remember the powers and limits of the executive branch.
All told, I'm amazed how much Obama has achieved in breaking the health care reform logjam and getting the logs moving again.
You must remember that the Democrats are barely holding on to a majority, because being elected as a Democrat, unlike as a Rethuglican, does not mean you have to vote a particular way, and therefore the sixty vote majority is not as solid as the forty vote minority, which is fighting for the life of the Rethug party, because if Obama pulls this off, he's going to increase the majority of the Democrats because he got something done.
Obama is building the base: Guantanamo, Health Care, Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Climate Change, Restoring the Economy, Financial Regulation, and teaching Americans tostop being such energy hogs.
Yes, he's playing chess, long game.
I congratulate him on what he's done, and what he's obviously planning to do. He's not being run by anyone, and he shouldn't be abandoned by short sighted fair weather friends.
Please stop this pointless yammering, and try to understand how hard it is to clean up the mess WE made by electing Bush.