President Barack Obama is still just a lost boy at his age, and he searches for a world he wished existed. His insistence upon living in his world, though attractive to the uneducated, neglected, and naive, is dangerously heaping hot coals of consequence on the heads of those who know better.
As the very first pundit in America to predict the rise and electoral success of President Barack Obama, it is with great regret that I say the following: President Barack Obama is not a strong leader. His willingness to cede most of his domestic agenda to Nancy Pelosi has cost him dearly in his first year. And his unwillingness to admit that the world is facing a crossroads of strength through force now, or humiliation and pain through attack in days to come is a demonstration of his paralysis in the most important question of our time. His rejection in Copenhagen was a sting of confirmation--not only of his global powerlessness--but of his ability to use campaigning on his personality as a legitimate tool of negotiation.
President Obama believes his good press far too often, trusts his advisors' agreement as a sign of genuine critical analysis, and believes the American people are too unenlightened to truly understand his methods. All three realities push the President further into an altered state of worldview that are having disastrous impact on the life of average Ameicans.
The new jobs report out this week shows, for yet another month in a row, that the American people are suffering under near 10% unemployment and 17% under-employment. A proven strategy to grow the economy, and thus help small business owners expand their operation, and thus begin a hiring trend would be to not just keep the tax incentives for small business from disappearing in 2010, but to add to them, and allow the free market to multiply. An expansion of a robust economy is the only answer to serious unemployment. But the President believes that if he just has the right czar, in the right position, then job losses will be controlled. In the President's utopia, employment and the number of jobs available are fixed and "saving them" is better than or, at minimum, equal to "creating them."