Let’s have a row!

Or, at least, a vigorous discussion to liven up a dull, rainy Sunday, (dull and rainy in Bucharest, at least.) Before President Obama was elected, I opined that he was nothing more than Tony Blair writ large. Sometime later I wrote that the American public seemed to be catching on to him much more quickly then we did to our own version.

Now, his approval ratings are at an all-time low and he is looking more and more like a one-term President. There is an article in today’s newspaper which argues along these lines. Here is a quote:

For the first time, and despite the fact that no credible Republican candidate for 2012 has yet emerged, Obama is looking like a one-term president while one-party rule in Washington is in its death throes.

So, what do we think? My view is that President Obama has been a disaster for the United States. He has handled the economy badly and reduced America’s status and influence in the world amongst friends and enemies alike. He has damaged Americans’ self-confidence – which may go some way towards explaining their loss of confidence in him – and the confidence of America’s allies in the leadership of the US. (Whether you like it or not – the USA is still the only super-power – do the numbers.) I think I’ll go with all the indicators and guess that the Democrats will lose heavily in the mid-term elections and that the RINO’s will get a hefty kick up the erm, fundament from the influx of TEA party candidates.

33 thoughts on “Let’s have a row!”

  1. Hello Bravo: Not much to row about in your post. A couple of happenings on the micro level may suggest a different outcome however, here in tiny Delaware our long term Senator Mike Castle (moderate Republican) was defeated in a primary by a Tea Partier, this lady is not electable in a Democratically leaning state like Delaware, so the Democrat (Chris Coons) is a likely winner in November. I am sure the Tea Party will do similar damage to the Republicans in other “moderate” states.

    Time for a coalition perhaps.

  2. Interesting LW, do you think a coalition might bring the worst of both worlds – the country club Republicans and the pork barrel democrats?

  3. My Coalition comment was a bit of dig at the “Old Country”, it is technically possible in the US but has never happened so far, for which I am thankful. The least unlikely coalition would be Tea Party and GOP, but likely also short lived.

  4. Ah, missed that – bit slow πŸ™‚ But, aren’t the Tea Party Republicans – I have been reading about RINOs messing up their own chances by rubbishing Tea Party candidates.

  5. It took the Septics about 10 months to sus Obama. It took the Brits 10 years to sus Phoney Tony. The only bone of contention is why it took so much longer in the Old Country

  6. As you say it is a rainy Sunday, even here in SA.
    (Whether you like it or not – the USA is still the only super-power – do the numbers.)

    Only just and maybe not really. China is now so powerful there is actually nothing that the US can do about it. It has the economic might, the military might, the numbers, the desire, the motivation in short the wherewithal to do pretty much what is wants. The US is becoming increasingly irrelevant. See Britain 100 years ago.

  7. Try running the numbers again, Sipu. Look at what actually constitutes the ‘industrial’ might and the military might. Try subtracting US demand and see how the numbers look then. Potential aplenty, but not yet, not yet.

    This is a short blog I wrote a few months ago under the title, ‘US Go Home!

    No, I am not channeling any of the knee-jerk anti-americans.

    I really am seriously suggesting that the United States shut up shop. Stop importing oil. Stop trading with the rest of the world. Stop bankrolling the UN and other institutions. Cease providing billions of dollars in aid. Concentrate on developing their own resources and becoming energy independent. Deploy the resources required to address inequalities in their own polity. Flatten any hostile country that attacks America directly – leave the rest to stew in their own juices.

    See how the rest of the World really likes that.

    The howls of pain that generated!

  8. Back on topic. FEEG, I have no idea. Heaven forfend that the Septics are smarter than us. πŸ™‚

    Anybody know what happened to Marinaid, btw? Her take on this might be interesting.

  9. Bravo,

    If you want an argument, try saying something contencious instead of stating th ebleedin’ obvious. Bammy got in on the skin pigment and cack all else. He was a total unknown, half the electorate didn’t even believe he was a spam FFS.

    You will get no argument from me, the man is a total non event.

  10. Oh dear, can’t think of anything to write in the least contentious, (must go and lie down!)
    1 and 7 hit the button exactly.
    LW has it banged to rights that people will not elect tea party candidates in liberal states. Also people are so pissed off with both parties they are very closely scrutinising the records of the people already there and voting accordingly whatever party. Here we have an absolute corrupt slimeball standing for the Republicans for the Senate, spousal unit is not impressed particularly with the sitting Democrat but will vote for her to keep out even worse! A lot of people are doing this irrespective of party. Just picking the least offensive candidate! Or not voting at all.
    So it ain’t that clear cut.

  11. What you rednecks can’t abide (suvvern drawl) is that a negrer stopped yoh’all in yo 4 x 4 (fo by fo) tracks. And while you were lickin’ your wounds, he did something about the universally despised plight of the poor sick in the good ole US of A. So put yer white hoods back on and smoke yerselves out.

  12. Ipu, it will warm your colonial cockles to know that your yankee imperialist friends are based in 200-odd places and ships around the globe ready to accept the white man’s burden.

  13. Anus, you are forgiven. πŸ˜‰ Re Obama’s health plan, I was largely in favour of reform in that area. I was in the US in 1992 when the Clintons tried to get it going and though it was deeply unpopular then to say so, coming from the UK which had free health care I supported them as well. However, something interesting has happened here which fills me with dread. The ANC has announced that it is introducing a National Health System here. Very simply, the country cannot begin to afford it even if it were run properly, which it most certainly will not be. It will be come another cash cow for corrupt ANC cadres. Believe me Janus, corruption within government circles here is endemic.

    I think corruption in the us medical industry is endemic as well, though in a different form. There is an evil coalition of litigators, insurers, medical practitioners, pharmaceutical companies and politicians who all contrive to keep medical services high. Medical care is an essential service that makes many people very rich. A US national health system will not change that. Obama has fought the wrong fight. He should have gone after the litigators and put realistic caps on costs, penalties and compensation. That would have been a start. However, those litigators are some of the biggest contributors to the Democratic party and thus he was unable or unwilling to do so. All that he has achieved is a massive tax burden for the US. In the short term, the poor will benefit, but ultimately the two tier system will re-emerge as vicious as ever.

    Re Yankee imperialism, I still think that its pretty much a busted flush. Those 200 bases are just show pieces. They cannot even beat a bunch of terrorists in Afghanistan, I hardly think they are capable of wupping some Chinese arse.The Chinese are crawling all over Africa acquiring, land, oil and mineral resources in a fashion worthy of King Leopold at his best and there is bugger all the US can do about it. You will be aware that grain prices have risen 60-70% this year as a result of a drought in Russia. Global food supplies are finely balanced. China is importing food for the first time. Arable land is what is going to feed that country in the coming decades and Africa has plenty of it. In a capitalist economy food is grown according to demand. In a command economy it is grown according to order.

    Anyway I have strayed again, so I apologise.

  14. Ok, that’s enough. You mustn’t keep taking things out of context. The poor will benefit only in the short term, but soon it will be back to square one except there will be a bigger tax burden.

  15. Pu, the poor will benefit. Period. That was the whole idea. I realise you have difficulty grasping the idea of benefits for the underclasses.

  16. If George W. Bush had doubled the national debt, which had taken more than two centuries to accumulate, in one year, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had then proposed to double the debt again within 10 years, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had criticized a state law that he admitted he never even read, would you think that he is just an ignorant hot head?

    If George W. Bush joined the country of Mexico and sued a state in the United States to force that state to continue to allow illegal immigration, would you question his patriotism and wonder who’s side he was on?

    If George W. Bush had put 87000 workers out of work by arbitrarily placing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling because of one company, would you have agreed?

    If George W. Bush had been the first President to need a TelePrompTer installed to be able to get through a press conference, would you have laughed and said this is more proof of how inept he is on his own and is really controlled by smarter men behind the scenes?

    If George W. Bush had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to take Laura Bush to a play in NYC, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had reduced your retirement plan’s holdings of GM stock by 90% and given the unions a majority stake in GM, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had made a joke at the expense of the Special Olympics, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given Gordon Brown a set of inexpensive and incorrectly formatted DVDs, when Gordon Brown had given him a thoughtful and historically significant gift, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had given the Queen of England an iPod containing videos of his speeches, would you have thought this embarrassingly narcissistic and tacky?

    If George W. Bush had bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had visited Austria and made reference to the nonexistent “Austrian language,” would you have brushed it off as a minor slip?

    If George W. Bush had filled his cabinet and circle of advisers with people who cannot seem to keep current in their income taxes, would you have approved?

    If George W. Bush had stated that there were 57 states in the United States, would you have said that he is clueless.

    If George W. Bush would have flown all the way to Denmark to make a five minute speech about how the Olympics would benefit him walking out his front door in Texas , would you have thought he was a self important, conceited, egotistical jerk.

    If George W. Bush had been so Spanish illiterate as to refer to “Cinco de Cuatro” in front of the Mexican ambassador when it was the 5th of May (Cinco de Mayo), and continued to flub it when he tried again, would you have winced in embarrassment?

    If George W. Bush had burned 9,000 gallons of jet fuel to go plant a single tree on Earth Day, would you have concluded he’s a hypocrite?

    If George W. Bush’s administration had okayed Air Force Two flying low over millions of people followed by a jet fighter in downtown Manhattan causing widespread panic, would you have wondered whether they actually get what happened on 9-11?

    If George W. Bush had failed to send relief aid to flood victims throughout the Midwest with more people killed or made homeless than in New Orleans , would you want it made into a major ongoing political issue with claims of racism and incompetence?

    If George W. Bush had created the position of 32 Czars who report directly to him, bypassing the House and Senate on much of what is happening in America, would you have approved.

    If George W. Bush had ordered the firing of the CEO of a major corporation, even though he had no constitutional authority to do so, would you have approved?

    So, tell me again, what is it about Obama that makes him so brilliant and impressive? Can’t think of anything? Don’t worry. He’s done all this in 18 months — so you’ll have more than two years to come up with an answer.

  17. Hey Zen. I won’t quote you as that would be greedy of blog real estate, but I do not think I would have approved of any of the above list, except the Gordon Brown one.

  18. My take is similar to that of Ambrose Evans-Pritchard in things involving the US and China. The US, for all its faults and problems, is the only country with the strategic depth to go it alone. It has enough food to feed itself, the foundation to make everything that it needs itself still, and if looking at oil shales enough oil to support itself for some time to come. Perhaps there would be a hit on the affluence but life would still go on much like it always has. China has a rapidly ageing population, a lack of youthful dynamism, severe environmental degradation, and provincial debt levels that make Greece look frugal. The USA desperately needs competent leadership but still has the fundamentals for vitality. The US citizenry, at least, recognise the danger of the road the country is on and are ensuring that it charts a different course. While I think the USA in many ways does need to be humbled and that many members of its society be forced to pull their heads out of their derrières the USA is far from being finished and China is far less grand behind the hype.

  19. Christopher. I was going to post something on those lines.

    Sipu, I don’t know what you think the purpose of those bases is? I suggest when you think about Rome in just four years after Cannae, then look at the US and China again.

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