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Dear Mr President; It's about Leadership Sir | An Independent Voters View
Dear President Obama;
Today is 23 November 2010, and the country awakes to a new crisis situation in Korea with the North conducting an artillery raid on one of the Islands of the South; a part of South Korea, which we are committed to defend from attack. This, just days after the North Koreans unveiled a new facility of cascading centrifuges used to enrich uranium far beyond the point of nuclear fuel for power generation. The result of many years of failed policy of appeasment.
Our travel system is in disarray due to the enhanced search requirements your administration has chosen to implement during the peak travel season. This as a response to an action that took place eleven months ago due to inadequate screening overseas; one could (and I have) argue that it may be justified but even if it is justified it is a poor response in that it is far too late and was not well trained to the TSA staff that has to carry it out.
Additionally, it now appears that your administration has overstepped its authority by writing a rule that provides for a large fine for those who refuse to be searched. Sir even an old soldier like me knows that congress is the only body that can provide for fines for those who break the ‘LAW’. You cannot via the TSA write fines into the ‘RULES’. This is another attempt to Govern by rule making and it will fail. Your propensity to attempt this is also evident in the Healthcare legislation that will ultimately be overturned by the courts for much the same reason.
Your failure to lead resulted in Healthcare reform legislation that was unread, and failed to ‘bend the cost curve’ a point that you had previously promised a veto over. Your methodology of making this sausage was political stiff arming and dealing at its worst, and led to a bill that is overreaching in its application, and is already failing to improve anything since you now have to exempt major employers from its rules so they can continue to provide insurance to their employees at all. Your line about “if you like your Healthcare insurance you’ll be able to keep it” was a quibble at best and more and more looks like an outright lie, since it was apparent that costs would increase dramatically and policies would have to change to meet the rules.
Your lament over the supreme courts ruling in favor of free political speech and spending by the Chamber of Congress and others, while three of the top five spenders were clear supporters of yours (and did not get mentioned) was disingenuous at best and more of your campaign style quibbling that does not serve your office well. Get this clear sir, the American people spoke loud and clear on November 2nd, and we demand that government gets its our spending and deficits under control
You talk about fat cat bailouts and diss with a broad brush bankers and others (whom I have no love for) but then allow the GM IPO to only benefit these very people. When we the taxpayer finally do get our money back (still questionable) these folks will have made billions on a closed deal. Which of them were campaign contributors for you? (JP Morgan and Chase Bank to name a couple)
You have misdirected your political capital and energy while tasks that cried out for your attention have gathered dust on the shelf. You have not submitted a budget, nor have you provided the leadership so that congress would accomplish its constitutional duty for both budget and spending appropriation bills. Questions of the pending Tax Increase are yet unanswered. Even now with the lame duck session underway you seek to push other agendas that squander the congresses limited time.
Your wartime leadership has only barley been adequate, in that your quibbling and delay of providing the necessary troops and supplies to the commander on the ground; and creating doubt about our commitment to the entire region and thus even to our other allies world wide. It is truly a sad state of affairs.
Sir a leader must be able through words and deeds inspire people to bear a hardship, or accomplish things willingly that would not otherwise be done. You have failed miserably in this regard, not even maintaining the support of the most willing of your advocates.
Yet all is not lost here, you have two years to correct these deficiencies and assure the success of both the domestic and foreign policy of our great nation. But you must lead sir, you must put away the political quibbling and foster a spirit of cooperation by leading from the front. Articulating a clear vision and following through; you can do this by including people around you that have run businesses, or led in the military. Include people that have experience making tough decisions in a timely way. The nation has entrusted you with the stewardship of our constitution, you must now rise to the challenge and empower the job creators to get the nation working, and start defending the things that make us great.
JH Ellis Sr (USA, ret)
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