29 March 2009

My MWP Report Card for the Obama Administration

by Maverick W.

FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY - So far, I honestly haven't seen a real effort put on by the Obama administration concerning this topic. He certainly talked about it during his campaign, but I think this was just a ploy for votes from the center. Also, I know AIG was bad, but the thing is, AIG is not the worst thing as of now. The AIG scandal was actually a smoke screen for what the DoT did the same week. They basically made one trillion dollars out of no where, and took it out of one pocket and gave it to themselves. Retarded? Yes. Dastardly? Yes. Change? No. There have only been very small efforts by Obama concerning fiscal responsibility, but not much. 


ENERGY INDEPENDENCE - Not much to talk about, I still haven't seen anything important from him on this, so I'll just go off what he's said in the past (since all he does is talk) . I liked some things he has said about getting off of Arab oil and for new energy resources that we will bring us new jobs, but there is something there that disturbs me. Most likely the thing disturbing me is somewhat unneeded positions on global warming. I feel he should step away from saying or doing anything with the carbon emissions issue, nobody honestly cares about it and frankly it's a turn off and a waste of tax payer money. It increases the size of government, a government which has not been conducting the exact norm of good governance for some many decades.  And that's what I don't like. 


EDUCATION/SCIENTIFIC ADVANCEMENT - There hasn't been anything concerning scientific advancement I've seen lately, so I'll just grade this part off of the education part. The six tenets state that Modern Whigs believe in "...providing common-sense solutions to enhance our educational system from pre-school to university-level studies." Again this is a vague statement I know, and it really doesn't give us anything to go on except your own definition of a "common sense solution". So, I guess I'll just do that. My definition of a common sense solution to education is getting rid of public schools and government; let private schools take the reigns. Basically, get government and teacher's unions out of the way of learning. Obama hasn't been doing this though, for example he is for; Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998), Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching. (Jun 2008), Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007), Pay “master teachers” extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007), Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006). These are all big government ideas and do not further any one's education, only worsen it. 


STATES RIGHTS - “Throughout my career, I’ve been a consistent and strong supporter of reproductive justice, and have consistently had a 100% pro-choice rating with Planned Parenthood and NARAL Pro-Choice America. “When South Dakota passed a law banning all abortions in a direct effort to have Roe overruled, I was the only candidate for President to raise money to help the citizens of South Dakota repeal that law. When anti-choice protesters blocked the opening of an Illinois Planned Parenthood clinic in a community where affordable health care is in short supply, I was the only candidate for President who spoke out against it. And I will continue to defend this right by passing the Freedom of Choice Act as president." -Obama Campaign Website. The Freedom of Choice Act states that "This Act applies to every Federal, State, and local statute, ordinance, regulation, administrative order, decision, policy, practice, or other action enacted, adopted, or implemented before, on, or after the date of enactment of this Act." Now I want people to know, I am strictly neutral on the issue of abortion, the only feeling I have about it is that clinics should only be privately funded, not federally, state or publicly. This is just because I am an avid libertarian. But what peeves me about this bill is that it directly overturned a state's right to pass its own statewide law. Great, you disagree with it, so why should the federal government get in involved in this case? Should George Bush have got involved in state gun bans and overturned them? Would that sit well with Obama? No I do not think it would, so why the hypocrisy? Well, Mr. Obama, I feel all you're trying to do is force your views into state government, and that sir certainly violates both states rights and the constitution.


SOCIAL PROGRESSION - He hasn't done anything significant yet, so as of now he is ungraded.


VETERANS AFFAIRS - Recently Obama has been talking, keyword= TALKING about improving Veteran's Affairs. But his actions show different plans. The other week he hung wounded vets out to dry in an attempt to force private insurance companies to pay for the treatment of wounded veterans with service-related injuries. This screws wounded vets and the country in general over in a couple of ways:

  • Small businesses will refuse to hire these folks because it will drive up their insurance costs.
  • People will stop volunteering for military service.
  • Coverage limits for wounded veterans could be exhausted by the veteran’s injuries alone, leaving the rest of the family without coverage.
  • Everybody’s insurance rates will increase to cover the costs now incurred by private insurance companies in caring for the wounded veterans.

The leader of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization says he is “deeply disappointed and concerned” after a meeting with President Obama the other day to discuss his proposal. The Obama administration recently revealed a plan to require private insurance carriers to reimburse the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in such cases. “It became apparent during our discussion today that the President intends to move forward with this unreasonable plan,” said Commander David K. Rehbein of The American Legion. “He says he is looking to generate $540-million by this method, but refused to hear arguments about the moral and government-avowed obligations that would be compromised by it.” Obama is obviously trying to fulfill big government dreams and fantasies of him saving the health care crisis; in the process he is betraying a lot of wounded heroes. This is very unfair to those who serve and it scares me due to the fact that the Legion's leader said he refused to hear any arguments that would oppose his plan, even though he [Obama] said early on that he would end "group thought" or agreeing with anything the administration does no matter what it is.


CONCLUSION: It seems the Obama Administration is going through a lot of failures and some come throughs, mostly scandals though as with any presidency. I don't see him as being anything "special" or "Messiah like" in the next four years. I see him as the next Carter actually... What I feel he is becoming now is simply a step towards completely and permanently "centre-lefting" the federal government, state governments and the free market in general. I feel he is trying to create a social democracy, which is a centre-left ideology that came about in the 19th century Socialist movements. It basically combines the two opposing economic systems of capitalism and socialism with crude compromises and policies. Recently the most apparent social democrat to be president was Bill Clinton, but he was specifically a "Third Way" adherent of social democracy; which instead of crude compromises and policies, it tries to "synthesize" capitalism and socialism. But Obama this time is attempting to move towards an all the way social democracy domestically, while keeping the "Third Way" tone in foreign policy.  Now, how do I feel about trying to combine capitalism and socialism?