One of the things I hate about politics is the fact that all politicians like to blame the other side BUT rarely ever show the big picture. This is the thing most Americans hate about politics. The continual infighting. I hate it too. Blaming each other OR each others party is a game that seems to get more and more players as time goes on.
Lets take the sequester for instance. Politicians from both parties were part of the sequester, including President Obama. President Obama supported the sequester when it was ‘handy for him’ and then later opposed it. Although I see no problem with politicians changing their minds on things, I hate it when the media seems to portray this as a single party issue and ignores the presidents (or his party) hand in things.
First off one must read the article at PoliticusUsa titled “Republicans Will Kill 240,000 Jobs In 2014 By Not Extending Unemployment Benefits” because it continually claims the sequester is a Republican fight.
The Congressional Budget Office warned on several occasions that the Republican sequester will kill 1.6 million jobs through fiscal year 2014, and cautioned its effect on jobs would begin being felt in the fourth quarter of 2013.
The ownership of the sequester by the Republican party is so far from the truth it is not even funny. NOW I must state for the record many Republican policies or initiatives I do not agree with… I am registered Republican, but feel like describing myself more a “Conservative”.
Take the article titled “Obama should listen to Obama about avoiding Self-Inflicted Wounds” at New Economic Perspectives for instance. It states that not only was President Obama all for the sequester but he was willing to stop the Republicans from allowing it to go through. Here is a quote from the author in an article titled “Why Obama Refuses to Kill the Sequester” from The Huffington Post:
We are in the midst of the blame game about the “sequester.” I wrote last year about the fact that President Obama had twice blocked Republican efforts to remove the sequester.
Also maybe read the article titled “The ‘Obamaquester’” from FactCheck.org where it says:
But the reality is that the pending cuts would not be possible had both Democrats and Republicans not supported the legislation that included them.
SO how is it that the sequester is owned by Republicans? The article at FactCheck.org (referenced above) also goes on to say “That is the source of Republican claims that this is ‘the president’s sequester.'”. I understand that is not entirely true and I agree it is not ONLY the Presidents sequester… but the reason this is being said is because in 2012 Obama was fighting for the sequester then later is was fighting against. I believe that was a way to show that he did support the sequester until it became politically inconvenient.
My point is the President (like other politicians) simply follows the political wind and does what suits them at the time.
The American people deserve the real truth not politicians from both sides of the aisle pointing fingers.
Now let’s address the Republican Wars or more accurately Bush’s wars.
Even if we all concede that the wars (Iraq and Afghanistan) were illegal, immoral or an agenda from the Bush family that does not take away the fact that Obama supported them. If President Obama was really against the wars then why did he not stop them? I understand the recently reported message from former defense secretary Robert Gates that Obama did not support the troops OR the war; but if that is true why did allow them to continue?
What I am getting at is that I agree they ‘were Bush’s wars’ for a time but there comes a time when Obama should take responsibility for them. You cannot blame everything on previous Presidents when you do not even try to stop them.
In an article written on February 18, 2009 on CNN.com called “Obama approves Afghanistan troop increase” it states the following:
“This increase is necessary to stabilize a deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, which has not received the strategic attention, direction and resources it urgently requires,” Obama said in a written statement.
At this point (if not before one could argue) Afghanistan becomes Obama’s war. NOW the Iraq war (although started in the Bush administration) is owned by the Obama administration. In an article on Politifact.com called “Obama’s wartime presidency” it states the following:
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have claimed thousands of lives and billions of dollars, yet they tend to get lost in the shadows of bigger campaign issues such as the economy and health care. But Barack Obama is a wartime president.
In Iraq, he ended the war as he said he would, closely following the plan set out by his predecessor, President George W. Bush. Obama even kept troops there longer than he pledged during the campaign. But as unpopular as the war was, the pullout left security questions unanswered.
So my question is… when does the war become Obama’s war? Once it does then Bush should be left out of the argument.
One other point to be made… it was NOT Obama that spearheaded the draw down. In an article on PolitiFact.com called “Ad says Obama is reason for Iraq pullout” the author states:
Despite the goals Obama met, most of the timetable for leaving Iraq was in place before he took office.
The prevailing document, the 2008 Status of Forces Agreement, was negotiated between the Bush administration and the Iraqi prime minister Nuri al-Maliki. That’s what set the deadline of Dec. 31, 2011, for all U.S. troops to leave Iraq.
One could make this argument for many facets of life in the United States like the economy for example. Obama is responsible for the bad economy now, it is no longer Bush’s economy.
There comes a time when the president should take personal accountability and the press should realize it is now the responsibility of the current administration but yet the press does nothing of the sort. They keep blaming the problems on Bush who has been gone for almost 6 years now.
My message to the media: Stop blaming Bush for everything, stop blaming the republicans for everything, start putting blame where blame is due… to the “true” owners of the blame.
My message to the President: Start taking personal responsibility for the failures and start holding accountability for them.
My message to all representatives: Stop arguing and fighting and standup and do whats right for the American people… it is about time.