Monday, January 21, 2013

Has Obama's Legacy Already Determined The Course Of America?; America's Future: How Bright?; Fracking Facts

President Obama said we have to raise the debt limit so we're not a dead-beat nation. Then he said, "By the way, if China calls, I'm not here."...Conan

  • As I watch Pres. Obama's second inauguration, it's difficult for me to be happy---to be proud of this president. Apparently, I'm not the only one. His approval ratings are among the lowest of post WWII presidents (Gallup). Only Carter and Ford polled worse. Attendance at the inauguration is down substantially from 4 years ago. 
  • So what accounts for this? Perhaps a lot has to do with the high rate of unemployment. In fact, even after all the trillions we've spent in the last 4 years and the billions in stimulus, unemployment today is exactly where it was when Obama took his first oath of office. We now have record numbers of Americans in poverty and on food stamps. The national debt is almost $6T more than it was when he first took office. ObamaCare outcomes, at this point in time, are not impressive. This president is going down as one of the most polarizing in our nation's history. As Peggy Noonan wrote recently in a piece entitled, "Obama Treats The GOP, And The Public With Utter Disdain." She then moves on to list many examples including scare tactics like he did last week referring to the debt ceiling debate: "Social Security checks and veteran's benefits will be delayed. We might not be able to pay our troops..."
  • Even more disturbing, as Obama rides the escalator of his legacy, he's not come up with new ideas. It's been the same ol', same o'---trashing the wealthy, playing the class and race cards  and using bullying tactics to get his way. In fact, Peggy Noonan correctly pointed out if Nixon behaved like Obama, they'd be calling paranoid and self-pitying. Oh wait..." Of course, they did.
  • There is one fact that is undeniable. As a trained behaviorist, I learned to look at past behavior to predict future behavior. So if the next four years are a repeat of the last four, the future is not bright for America.

  • Fracking facts: "In no case have we made a definitive determination that the fracking process has caused chemicals to enter groundwater." EPA Chief in May 2011. "We have never had any cases of groundwater contamination from hydraulic fracturing." Chair, Texas Railroad Commission. "We've used hydraulic fracturing for some 60 years in Oklahoma, and we have no confirmed cases where it is responsible for drinking water contamination." Chair, Public Utilities Commission. I can list many more none from executives of gas-companies or natural gas publicists. NY Post