During this Presidential campaign we see more then ever how much Republicans hate our President. Republicans hate Obama so much that they reject anything that comes out of the White House, even those proposals or policies that used to be popular among Republicans or that Republicans themselves had proposed before the White House adopted them.
The problem for Republicans is that now they have to play catch up, because the ideas that come out of the White House are too popular among Americans to ignore.
Here are some examples:
- Immigration reform. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) introduced the Dream Act bill in 2010. The bill passed the House but did not go through the Senate. The Republicans who voted for the bill lost their seats or did not seek reelection. Because of this failure and thanks to the Patriot Act young, bright students from abroad do not get to attend U.S. colleges.Those who finish college cannot stay in America. This does not make any sense.This country throughout its whole history used foreign minds for scientific, technological, and cultural achievements. So Obama did what any reasonable and thoughtful leader would do in the current, hate-filled policy of Washington to “Make Obama a one term president” – he used his executive power to stop deportations and begin granting work permits for the Dream Act-eligible young people.
Now that Hispanic voters have shown overwhelming support for the President, Republicans are trying to paddle backward – to flip-flop. Now they are criticizing the President for doing “patchwork” immigration reform and they pledge to make more permanent changes to the country’s immigration system.
Health Care reform. Republicans made their campaign slogan “Repeal Obamacare” to void the Affordable Health Care Act. Using the Democrats’ weakness and failure to explain to the public the main points of the law, Republicans organized a successful propaganda campaign which made the bill very unpopular. Only 32-34% of the public supports the bill. The anticipation of a favorable Supreme Court decision encouraged the Republicans to make the health care issue more important than the economy. Now that the Court has upheld the law, the battle is on for the independent vote. Prior to 2010 Republicans wanted to do nothing about the growing cost of health care and health insurance – “let the market regulate itself.” But listen to the Republicans now:
Affordable Healthcare Act
“No. 1, we have to make sure that people who want to keep their current health insurance will be able to do so,” During the health reform debate, President Obama made clear to Americans that “if you like your health plan, you can keep it.” Read more… “No. 2, we’ve got to make sure that those people who have preexisting conditions know that they will be able to be insured and that they will not lose insurance.” For most plans starting on or after September 23, 2010 these rules stop insurance companies from imposing preexisting condition exclusions on your children; prohibit insurers from rescinding or taking away your coverage based on an unintentional mistake on an application; ban insurers from setting lifetime limits on your coverage; and restrict their use of annual limits on coverage. More..
Auto Industry bailout. Romney became an easy target for the comedians when he falsely claimed he was for the bailout. Yet he aggressively advocated auto industry bankruptcy; he even wrote an article in the NY Times, “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt”, Now he says that he deserves credit for the rebound of the auto industry – “I’ll take a lot of credit for the fact that this industry’s come back,” he told the local news station after a campaign event in Euclid, Ohio. Why? Because the bailout worked, and was a winner for Obama.
- Foreign Policy. Now Republicans are kind of quiet, except for John Bolton (former Ambassador to UN), standing next to Romney at an event, who said “The fact of the matter is this president has been a failure across the board in foreign policy and it’s jeopardized the United States in critical ways.”
There is nothing Republicans can criticize about the foreign policy of this administration. Muammar Gaddafi is dead,;Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng is free; Al Qaeda is being destroyed by airstrikes. Most impressively, Osama Bin Laden is dead. But wait, here is Mitt Romney: “And I think — I do think prior presidents would have done the same thing had they been in the same position.” Well, Bush did not do it, Clinton did not do it, but Obama did it. Obama went against the majority of his advisers, made the decision to send in the Navy Seals. It was a success and Obama deserves the credit.
I seriously doubt that Romney would have done the same thing – go against his advisers. So far, he flips-flops only because he follows his advisers, not his own gut feeling or his convictions.
All of this indicates that leading a country is not the same thing as leading a business. Perhaps a community leader can be a better President then a business owner.
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