Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

Barack Obama and George Bush

My friend Michael posted an interesting blog link – The Last Psychiatrist.  The writer of that blog wrote an essay on anger in American politics.  I found this paragraph telling:

Obama hasn’t closed Guantanamo– and he won’t.  He hasn’t brought the troops home from Iraq; and he won’t.  He’s increased those in Afghanistan, saying he’ll bring them back in 18 months.  He won’t.  He hasn’t reduced the opacity of the government, the Patriot Act just got an extension.  But if you were for those things under Bush, why aren’t you relieved about those now?  If you were against them under Bush, why aren’t you mad now?

The primary thing isn’t what you are angry about, the primary thing is your anger.

Here’s a link to the original essay.

What I want to focus on is just how correct the writer is.  I don’t understand the anger of some conservatives toward Obama – nothing has changed.  Progressives are angry that Obama did not push through policy when he had 60 votes in the Senate.

Example: Balls Beer

The tea party movement claims Obama is making the US socialist – how?  What legislation?

We are in an economic mess – and we are facing devastating debt.  Entitlement program and health care costs are going to bankrupt the US – already crippled by the Iraq and Afghanistan war costs and the Bush tax cuts. (If you’d like to see just how much revenue was lost in the Bush tax cuts, compare the difference in tax levels between the Reagan and the Bush 43 years.)

It is imperative that the anger stop and that Americans become accountable.  Begin saving.  Live within means.  Help out a friend or family member who is financially stressed.  Get involved with politics.  Anger rarely creates a productive outcome; it is an impetus to action, not an action.

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2 thoughts on “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss

  1. I liked how you turned this blog entry from the national to the personal. We all get so wrapped up into other people’s live (reality tv) that we forget that the same problems exist in our own families. We like to get angry about other people spending money to the tune of $12 trillion national deficit, but forget that we owe $13.7 trillion as citizens. So, who has a bigger spending problem?

    You are right, if we could live within our means, we would start electing people that were “different”, that would “change” national policies. Until then, spenders are going to keep on electing spenders to Congress.

    Keep up the good work,
    –Eric

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