After 16 years of schooling and 50 years of watching TV, my mind seems to think and work in 50 minute segments. Regardless of how I’ve been programmed, though, it’s not how life nor the world work.
Our President, with all his scholastic training, may likewise think in these 50 minute bursts. Further, is it possible he’s seen one too many segments of TV’s ‘West Wing’...an entertaining show that many used to say was the way to run America. The President may truly believe - whether consciously or not - that, like Josiah Bartlet, issues get solved and settled during the course of one weekly program. President Obama has tackled many issues in his first year assuming each issue gets settled through some back-door Congressional cajoling and a televised press conference, or two. Then he sets his jaw as he and his attache - Leo McGarry...ooops, I mean Rahm Emanuel - sit amidst the mahogany desk and the framed photographs of the oval office; and, sure enough, stuff works itself out with some high-fives.
Then came Massachusetts! One NY Times columnist entitled his op-ed on the vote as ‘Mob Rule’! Yet, were not these very same New Englanders electing the ‘lion of the liberals’ for seven consecutive terms (42 years!)? So, where has this screamin’ fractious and dangerous mob been in the Commonwealth for the last two generations, I wonder? 360 days into his term of office, our President finally has a year of management experience under his belt. Before, we learned from his three memoirs, our President’s breathtaking career included not a scintilla of leadership, governance or management experience.
Mr. Obama is a quick study, though, and now, with his inaugural year complete and the recent NJ, VA, and MA elections behind him, maybe he will move his agenda (a) to reform health care, not destroy health care; (b) green America with ‘lincolns’, not DC regulators; (c) de-carbon America
Letters with technology (American knowhow), not taxes; and, most importantly, (d) lead our foreign policy sternly, judiciously, not sanctimoniously.
For this pro-growth agenda, however, our President will get NO support from the so-called New York delegation... a cabal of free-spending liberals perfectly content to disrupt New Yorkers’ lives for the next two years to garner a debating point or two with cavedwellers halfway around the world. What a disgrace (to us, no?).