In response to seawolfxs' comment:
1 Military , most won't quibble with you, but he slashed their pay / benefitswhile giving everyone else in the fed gov a raise, and they don't like Obama much. he is slashing the size. I am still mullimg that over.
2 foreign policy, when we leave a vacuum bad guys take over
Pacific. China is running over all our allies. There are non military things we can do. But China knows that Obama is a weakling.
Mid East . Duplicitous to Israel, Arab spring a disaster, Egypt forced to Russia, Saudi Arabia looking to have nuclear arms, he takes away sanctions from Iran and iran has not stopped their nuclear program. Iran knows Obama is a weakling
Russia, Obama gave away missile defense for nothing, reducing our arms for nothing, let them take Georgia without a peep, told him he could be more flexible after the election.For what?Warns Russia not to go into Ukraine, Putin laughs and goes in. He knows Obama is a weakling
South America , Venezuela is tipping away from a bad guy. We have trade agreements that would make domestic jobs, and he lets it sit for political reasons
Africa. What policy? He only cares about his mother country Kenya, or did you hear how is bro got an IRS waiver to raise money in the USA in 3 weeks?
The idea is to use all of the economic and diplomatic cards long before military ones are ever, ever needed. Obama has given away everything, and what does he do. He reduces the size of the military. And Putin docks war ships in Cuba
We, the world,are in much more dangerous times because these mafiosos feel they have a free hand. It is sort of weak to now say there is nothing we can do.
I am sure there is more but
Obama is a naïf, a boooooob and dangerous , at best incompetent and definitely impotent
3 obamacare. There have 27 , maybe unconstitutional , changes made to obamacare and Reid says that all the problems are lies
more people are going to be uninsured than were insured
its more expensive
people have lost ther docs and insurance
IT contracts were given to cronies and make a website that still doesn't work? They did even build the system on how to get payments thru to the insurance companies. The website is NOT safe and they force people to use it?
my wife works in a hospital, that the Feds just built, it's going broke, they have cut her hrs to temp hours, where she can't get benefits. most of the docs are now Indian.
There are more problems coming. The biz waiver, and there are claw back clauses that are going to screw people at tax time
So now you want to see if there is a miracle to fix this ? Do you believe in God?
as I said the people are getting hurt but we wait while it explodes.
And you think universal care is going to work with these bozos? Really?
it may work in Canada, but you have waiting lines we have never had here, you have the fraction of the people, you don't have the same political nitemare there as with the states, And Canada is using their petro dollars to pay for it. WThis is three times as expensive as quoted and we are printing money
no , There is certainly a better way, it should be free market based cross state insurance, let small biz group together, develop teaching clinics for the poor! Just an idea, Instead of figuring out how gov can screw things up, figure out how to have a regulated system that the medical professionals can work efficiently ( btw, you do know that teddy Kennedy shoved hos down our throats?)
4 Reagan. Well at the time the gov led us to double digit unemployment, double digit inflation, gas lines, foreign policy disasters, a trade deficit and a huge debt. When he got in things changed and he fixed SS and Medicare until now. He was a giant with Russia ( notice how he Defeated Russia with out a shot, but Obama Can do nothing?) No when Reagan was there people were proud to be Americans, thought the gov could work and there was a future,
I think your take is incomplete, it was the basis for the 90's, people were ok with the gov
5 education. Scores are down , we graduate too many illiterates. obama, deblasio and the yea ers unions kill charter schools. Michele enacts diet requirements, kids hate it, throw out food.
Dont always like norville , When I think of big local gov, I think Detroit.
Gov too big? Well even Obama said that, cause it is unmanageable, with fed unions, congress, and a structure no one can change, and when they do it is probably worse
your fears of it melting away, why? a gov program never goes away
your fear that the gov will not be there when we need it? Unless we fix the unfounded liabilities we are the USA Titanic. These guys are incapable.
enuf for now
You've sort of switched your argument to one about Obama's competency. I'm not going to defend Obama because, honestly, I'm not terribly impressed with him. He's not as bad as Fox News will tell you, but I don't think he's great either. Is he worse than Bush? No, but I'm not sure he's much better. Clinton was the last good President we've had--like his politics or not, he was far smarter and far more effective than anyone since.
My basic point is that a big, complex society like ours needs a big, complex government. Small government idealism may sound nice, but it's not practical in the real world we live in. We do need better government. The US government is not performing at the level it should be. But that doesn't mean smaller government is the answer. Better government is what we really need.
On the Canadian health system, the rumours of long waits are greatly exaggerated. When I moved here, my cardiologist at Mass General recommended a cardiologist at Toronto General. I called the cardiologist and got an appointment within a week. In my entire time in Massachusetts I never once got an appointment with a specialist as fast I got it in Canada. That's been my general experience here. No delays at all. I call my family doctor here for an appointment and generally see her the same afternoon. Now in rural areas it may be different (as it is in the US in rural areas). But here in the big city, there are few waits for most care, at least in what I've experienced. In fact, I wait less in Canada than I did in the US.
I've also never once had to pay a bill for my care. No deductibles, no copays, no cost. Yes, I know I pay with taxes, but when I go to the doctor, all I need to do is show my card and I get what I need. Think about that. No disputes with insurance companies, no huge deductibles, no copayments, no multi-thousand dollar annual insurance bills, no questions. Just show your card and you get the care you need.