Wednesday, 2 February 2011


Barack Obama ran for office in 2008 based on the notion of winning the hearts and minds of the average ‘joe’ on the street. He portrayed himself as this ‘revolutionary centrist that will heal the planet from the evils of the Bush administration’ and Americas evil past.

Obama became President and dramatically moved hard left. Talk about breaking promises!
Instead of being a ‘bipartisan, free market, pro-business, pragmatic president’, he decided that his way was the only way and he was going to dictate his socialist will on the country.
His initial reaction to getting the presidency was akin to a kid getting a new car. Shows it off to the rest of the world, believing he can do no wrong....
Until, he crashes the car.
That is what happened to Obama.
Pure and simple, the country is in further financial ruin, unemployment is still rising, and confidence in the banking system is at an all time low. Almost all American voters think the country's economy is in bad shape, and few see benefits from the Obama administration’s economic policies. In fact, slightly more voters think the policies have hurt rather than helped the economy -- and many others think they have made no difference either way. A Fox News poll released Friday (28th January) found that more than 9 in 10 voters give the economy negative ratings: More voters think the economic policies of the Obama administration have hurt the economy (32 percent) than think they have helped (28 percent).
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Likely U.S. Voters say the country is heading in the right direction, according to a new Rasmussen Reports survey.
His signature piece of legislation; which he will probably base his re-election around, is Obamacare. Well... A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 58% of Likely Voters at least somewhat favour repeal of the health care law, including 47% who Strongly Favour repeal!!! How can he possibly run on that idea when he has such atrocious numbers?
A question is normally asked, what good has Obama brought to America since 2008, other than phenomenal speeches?

The crisis deepened further in November 2010, when, to quote the anointed one himself, he got a “shellacking”. His party lost control of the House of Representatives and had their ‘filibuster proof’ majority quashed in the Senate. It was a complete repudiation of the Obama agenda.
A reality check was needed by the Obama team otherwise 2012 would have been an embarrassment. Out of nowhere, an opportunity arose, albeit not the most tasteful, but nevertheless an opportunity; the shootings of a congresswoman in Tucson, Arizona.
The country needed to hear words of inspiration from the President of United States. For too long, he has been the leader of the unions, far left groups and the Democrats. He needed to unite the country and he had a great opportunity.
He certainly delivered on that speech and he has been widely praised even by his fiercest critics.
However an alarming trend has occurred to me. All he does is give speeches, whenever the pressure is on and he needs to deliver, all he does is give a speech. Where is the pre-emptive action? Where is the actual progress? Where are the facts on the ground?
On the one hand, he talks about bipartisanship but at the same time, he throws Republicans out of negotiating rooms, doesn’t bring dissenting voices into meetings and continually attacks anyone that doesn’t believe in his world view. Something has got to change; he can’t dictate his will on the people any longer.

The question that needs to be asked is how can Obama take the country back (especially on the economic front)? How can he be re-elected in 2012 regardless of who the GOP chose? The answer is simple. Obama must learn from two people; Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan.

Clinton got elected and ran to the left in 1992, attempted to pass ‘HillaryCare’ the same as ‘ObamaCare’ which was, ironically unpopular. The result was that a landslide GOP victory in 1994. Not to dissimilar to 2010, Clinton had a choice between ‘more of the same, or change course’. He chose to join the centre and work to bring the country together. It wasn’t easy by any means, but nevertheless he made the effort. As a result Clinton was easily re-elected in 1996.

For Obama, coming to centre won’t be as easy as it was for Clinton. Obama is perceived as this anti business, tax and spending liberal who is in bed with George Soros, and Socialists alike.

In order for a change, he must pivot big time and alter the minds of the electorate by learning from Ronald Reagan who said: “The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much”. He must instruct Congress to repeal the current Health Care bill and look to start over; he should immediately work with Congress and start cutting the spending in Washington to bring the deficit down, without raising taxes on anyone. He must stand up on public television and retract the set timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan and insist that he will continue to tackle Al-Qaeda and the Taliban whenever and wherever.
If Obama can carry out the above, he will be a shoe-in for the re-election in 2012.

What are the chances of that happening?

No chance!

That is why he will have a rough fight on his hands in 2012. He will have to defend his policies to a tough American electorate,
desperate for some genuine ‘hope and change’ to their ordinary lives.

Knowing that, it is essential that the ‘GOP’ chose very carefully who their nominee will be to run against Obama. In the next few articles we will give you an idea as to who could/should be running for the GOP nomination for 2012. Watch this space.

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