Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Obama: pragmatic but inept
Despite rightist claims that Obama is an extreme left-wing ideologue all evidence is that he is a pragmatic but inept policy maker. With little idea of what is actually best for the nation, he is being guided primarily by politics as interpreted by old hands such as Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod -- hence failure to deliver on the promises of change. He must have figured that health care reform would appease his progressive base as he repeatedly caved in to right wing militarist pressure to protect the lawless anti-terror framework created by his predecessor. However, he failed to anticipate that extensive concessions to health insurance and pharmaceutical special interests would produce a bill unpopular even on the left. I think that is because he really doesn't understand in any fundamental way what is wrong with the current system. He only pursued reform in expectation of a political benefit.