A 1-In-100 Blogger: Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Will the real Barack Obama please stand up?

Whether duped into electing him or, similar to the cause of impulse shopping and random purchases, Obama's record spending on advertising during the election campaign is living proof that marketing does indeed sway people one way or another. The billions Obama spent did get people to vote for a man we know very little about; but regardless, the fact is a majority of citizens living in the United States of America have spoken. Without going into too much detail about the heartbreaking loss for McCain's campaign, here we wait for Barack Obama to take control of the White House and move the country into a new direction. After all, that's exactly what everyone voted for: change.

The best part for Democrats is the fact they now hold a majority vote in the U.S. House and Senate, and above all else, with presidency in the White House too. So what happens when Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid are all in charge for the Democrats? They can slam through their agenda. And they will. "This will be a wave upon a wave," Pelosi said.

So now we have to deal with the Democratic party having full control of the U.S. for the next two years. Flashbacks from overregulation during the Clinton era when the party controlled only both Congress and the White House back in 1992 come to mind. Despite Obama's pledge for change pushed down our throats during his campaign, we will get much more than bargained for. It may take time for all of the mistakes to kick in, but you can count on them happening. Let me explain.

We know very little about Obama, due in part because most of his experience in politics was gained campaigning for elections; and just as slick, he's got an interesting legislative voting history, recording a total of 129 "present" votes. Looking further into his 'present' voting record, one of Obama evading tough issues or refusing to support common-sense legislation, Obama portrays himself as someone voters can "trust to tell the truth and skip the usual political games." What we know of him are only what Obama told us to believe, which was spun to us throughout his campaign to the White House - his promises to the American people.

What are some of Obama's promises and how are they likely to shape out?

Obama pledged to give Americans who make less than $200,000 a year a tax cut (95 percent of taxpayers), and raise taxes on those making above $250,000 a year. However, now that we have a majority of Democratic congressional leaders in charge of the House and Senate, as well Obama soon in the White House, his "pledge" is very likely to get scaled back and give fewer people a tax cut. A lot more people will face higher taxes than Obama had voters believe.

During the last few weeks of his campaign, Obama discretely re-defined his definition of middle class. Joe Biden shrunk the middle class defining them as people making under $150,000 a year, and Bill Richardson cited those making under $120,000. Both figures are well below the $250,000 Obama had promised as the threshold for a tax increase. Unfortunately for all of us, it gets worse.

Here's another 'actions speak louder than words' problem, Obama's pledge contradicts his actual voting record. Obama voted twice in favor of the Democrats' FY 2009 budget resolution, which would raise taxes on individuals earning approximately $42,000 or more. "The resolution Obama voted for would not have increased taxes on any single taxpayer making less than $41,500 per year in total income, or any couple making less than $83,000..." (FactCheck, 7/11/08). Obama says one thing but his actions continue to suggest another. Does that sound like someone we can trust? Holding a voting record like this, I'm not sure if reality will coexist with his advertised promises.

On the other hand there's also a very slim chance that--just maybe--Obama sticks to his pledge. In which case, I will be wrong and Obama will prove that he can gain our trust with intregrity, which agreeably is something the American people deserve from our President. After all, he is in a sense taking office with a 'clean slate' and fresh start. So it's up to him to decide how much damage he does to his own reputation. For the sake of America, hopefully Obama proves me horribly wrong. It would truly be an amazing act if he were to shift my "disapproval" of him to "approval." It's not impossible for him to do so, but his actions will decide whether or not I ultimately approve of him.

Will this date be the End of an Error - or the beginning of an eight year term, due to Obama actually moving the U.S. toward positive change?

It's completely up to Obama.

1 comment:

~Zurama Arencibia Nuñez~ said...

I don't expect any change for the better. I didn't vote for him either. God help us!