Gail Collins has an editorial in the NYTimes this morning about how those of us who see the Obama years as a colossal failure are wrong. Apparently, there was some poll commissioned that revealed that many people think Obama is the worst president since WWII. I personally don’t think this is true. No, I think he might rank right up there with Buchanan. So, that predates the Civil War. And the reason I think this is because under Obama, the plutocrats have gained so much ground that we average working people will have to replay the entire twentieth century to gain it back.
I’m getting pretty tired of hearing from serious and semi-serious people (I’m looking at you Paul Krugman), that those of us who desperately wanted a true Democrat in 2008 are now closet Republicans and racists because we aren’t sufficiently supportive of Obama’s many subtle “achievements”. I guess you just have to be a poor schlub to really
understand what has been lost. It does not help their cause when they tell us we have no right to be angry at the positively shitty job Obama has done since he was elected. He’s made stupid excuses for his fecklessness ever since he took office and his chorus line has been saying “It’s not his fauuuuult. He inherited all this crap from the Bushies!” since before the inauguration. If he didn’t think he could handle the job, he shouldn’t have run. He should have stepped aside for more qualified candidates.
The NYTimes also has a short article on internal and instrumental motivations. It turns out that internal motivations, like liking what you are doing, having an interest in it and striving to be the best, are more important to success than instrumental motivations like fame, fortune and promotions. In Obama, we see a perfect example of internal versus instrumental motivations. He may have gotten the fame and renown, but as a president interested in using politics to govern well and carry out his vision, he sucks.
Please stop trying to tell us he’s not that bad. He is. The fact that we are even debating whether his legacy is in the same league as Warren Harding is telling and if the ACA gets cemented in place, there will be many future generations who will curse his name for hooking them up like cash cows to the insurance industry.
Thank god it will all be over by 2016 and we can look at the smoking ruins and start to rebuild.