A Pew poll for which results are reported in The Hill today in an article “Liberal base sours on Obama” says that the President is losing ground
“Liberals largely elected President Obama in 2008 on the promise he would extract the U.S. from Middle East conflicts, and the prospect of a new military campaign is not sitting well with many of them.”
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/218973-liberal-base-sours-on-obama, indicates that the President is losing ground among his base.
That may be and for some good reasons. While the President continues to rise to the occasion in matters of foreign policy, albeit, late, he does deliver fine speeches. Disappointment comes from a variety of things that aggregate into quite a pile:
- He failed to lead the nation to comprehensive immigration reform. (He could have used brute force intellect to craft an unstoppable argument and to put some actionable specifics on the table that would have forced Republican hands, but he fell short.)
- He failed to engage Wall Street and business leaders to address the need to advance the “General Progress Indicator” that is a replacement for the Gross Domestic Product. (He could have applied brute force intellect to address the need for a sustainable economy, but he failed to accomplish that.
- He failed to advance an aggressive renewable energy policy to transform the nation from fossil fuels on an accelerated schedule. (Nope, just dropped the ball.)
Now as for improving the economy, his actions have led to a recovery. However, in the absence of creatively engaging business and industry, he has failed to generate as much new revenue and opportunity as the nation needs. With the fight against terrorism heating up in the Middle East, national security costs will creep back into the national financial picture and the economy could stall again.
In all of the things that liberals want from government and the economy, their demands must be supported by working economics. Otherwise, the wish lists just become lists of disappointments attributed to the President and the Democratic Party’s failure to govern.
Republicans are surely no better. They compound the problem with a genuine lack of empathy for the common citizen. So, voters are stuck with a dysfunctional government and a list of disappointments.
By the way, all of the fuss about Obama is now for nought because he is a lame duck.