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In 2009, Obama sought bi-partisan cooperation with Republicans. That cooperation, however, proved to be Charlie Brown's football. Republicans pulled it out from under Obama each time the kick came. What Obama did get passed, satisfied neither the Left nor the Right, compromised to the nth degree for the sake of passing something, anything.
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Political decisions must, by definition in a diverse society, alienate some in that society. This truism is dictated by the concept of opportunity cost. For those without business school backgrounds, opportunity cost is the cost of not having selected the other choices. Every decision anyone ever makes, carries an opportunity cost. Example: The wife takes the shortest route to work. In doing so, she avoids alternative longer routes which may make her drive more interesting, less hazardous as the lesser traveled routes, or less fortuitous in passing up the opportunity to give Bill Gates a ride after his HumV broke down, which he appreciates with a sizable thank you check of a million dollars.
Obama's process, approach, and decision on where we go from here in Afghanistan was outstanding. Gen. Petraeus lauded Obama's process and decision as having gathered all of the assumptions, data, and projections and compared and evaluated them in a deliberative and nuanced way which, no other process could have permitted. Gen. McCrystal says he is 100% behind both the number of troops and the time line to begin withdrawal. Australia and the head of NATO applaud Obama's decision.
Failure in Washington is not an option. America last year finished its long circular journey from 1940 to return to the precipice of national collapse. Unlike 1929, however, instead of taking that next drop off step, we sidestepped along the edge of the precipice, where we still remain today; at the edge.
With the failure of inclusion of the Public Option in the Senate's committee Health Care Reform bill, the 'blue dog' Democrats in the Senate have thrown the Health Care Reform measure into Obama's lap to throw back to Congress or sign. This is a very interesting new chapter begun in the Health Care Reform journey.
The Right continues its lies, misrepresentations, and distortions, with passion in the hours after Obama's speech. Is Obama being honest with Americans, though? The all-seeing, all knowing Right which, can look into Vladimir Putin's eyes and see there a friend and honest person to work with, of course, will say Obama is not being honest. But, the simple fact is, until there is a bill with Obama's signature making it law, there is no way to determine of Obama is being honest, or not, with the public.
He walked up and extended his hand. The neighbor extended his as well, saying "I want to be your friend."
I have friends I don't sleep with, or agree with. But, they are still folks I like to be with.
I had a neighbor I didn't like much. Saying Hi, and See Ya Later, kept us neighborly, as such.
Pres. Obama insists that his actions to insure torture will not take place under his administration is sufficient, and that crimes committed before he came to office by the Bush administration do not warrant the application of justice or expense of investigation and prosecution, except in defense of torturers. Pres. Obama said, "I am a strong believer in looking forward, not backward." This faulty logic applied to all crime would make the case that murderers, thieves, and rapists should not be prosecuted provided such perpetrators promise not to do it again. Where has Pres. Obama's logic and Constitutional law education gone?