I was less then thrilled with McCain. I am still confused at the notion he was the best pick. IMHO Republicans who are conservative make better picks. Anyways, all that aside. Obama did have some promises that I hoped he would follow through with. Here are seven of them.
1. Make government open and transparent.
2. Make it "impossible" for Congressmen to slip in pork barrel projects.
3. Meetings where laws are written will be more open to the public.
4. No more secrecy.
5. Public will have 5 days to look at a bill.
6. You’ll know what’s in it.
7. We will put every pork barrel project online.
TARP funds were misused. Bush did start that, Obama supported it and the oversight was the Presidents. The allegations in the news are showing what a bad idea this was\is. The lesson should be The government should not bail out banks.
The stimulus bill was rushed through, it was a crises, it needed to be put through now, the fear mongering and the promises of a 8% unemployment cap if it passed. Millions of jobs created if it passed. No one read it, it was full to the brim with pork projects that make anyone queasy. The lesson should be The government cannot stimulate the Economic system by spending money we do not have.
The Auto-industry buy out is yet another debacle. The newspapers want to be bailed out next. The government take over of GM and how it was done is just so wrong on so many levels it boggles the mind. The lesson should be The government should allow bad businessess to fail.
The Cap and Tax bill had 300 pages of amendments (read Pork) shoved into it at zero hour. Again no one read this. Again it was needed NOW. The Fear mongering was intense. The number of representatives who were "paid off" to get this crappy law that hurts the USA economy at a huge cost in money and jobs. All for a politicized science concept that is being taken apart by actual peer climatologists. The lesson should be Common Sense goes out the door when you can get more money and power.
Now we are being sold that this Health Care reform is all that and a bag of chips. Obama himself does not know what is in this bill. Rumor has it that an attional 500 pages or amendments are to be added at zero hour. We are getting this shoved out quickly, because it is so important and its a crises, the fear mongering has never been greater. The 1200 pages are going to destroy a system that is bad need of fixing. The lesson should be government has a poor record of handling healthcare, they should de-vest themselves rather then take over and ration.
The spending is way beyond GW's level. Obama announced he is going to use preventative detainment on Gitmo prisoners. The Inspector Generals being shunted into answering to the President. The ongoing shadow government of Czars. His blatent claiming success when there is none. His sheer arrogance.
I have no confidence in our President. Neither should you.