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Obama will fail on promises, including change

Winning a historic presidential election doesn’t necessarily mean you are fit for office. Obama’s win was based on many factors, but tax cuts for the middle class was his major soap-box.
His idea is any family whose yearly income is above $250,000 will be taxed higher, and those below the benchmark number will receive tax cuts. The vast majority of our country, the middle class, was thrilled to hear this news, earning Obama a huge number of votes.

However, post-win speculation that the tax reductions won’t even be implemented is disappointing and very real. Obama’s idea to “change” our current taxation system won’t even be possible until 2011, the same year Bush set them to expire anyway.

Obama’s advisers say that this was the plan all along; his views on taxation have not changed. On the contrary, in a recent airing of “Meet the Press,” Obama made comments regarding the fact that he does not want to burden people with higher taxes during this recession, confirming that he organized a completely misleading campaign which hundreds of thousands of Americans fell for. But if we can’t get tax breaks, let’s just spread the wealth around! Wait, America is a capitalist country.

Obama has furthered his network of naysayers by officially appointing Hillary Clinton as his Secretary of State. Her lack of experience and personal moral flaws are just the tip of the iceberg in reference to her incapability to fill the shoes of former Secretaries of State, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
The irony is overwhelming that Obama would appoint Clinton, a woman who was formerly in the spotlight alongside her husband, back into a position to make such huge decisions for our country when his whole campaign is based on “change.”

The irony continues when one recognizes that the most intense name-calling during the 2008 election campaign was between Clinton and Obama, like when one of Obama’s top advisors blurted out that “Hillary is a monster” in an interview; or how Hillary and Bill Clinton were quoted saying that Obama’s ideas about Iraq are but a “fairy tale.”

Obama’s next hurdle is the accusation regarding his major lack of experience. He was the junior U.S. Senator in Illinois, beginning his supposed 6-year term in 2005.

Not to discredit the difficulties of being a Senator in any way, but a 3-year term in office as a Senator, if you can call his time in office that, was no great feat.

His lack of involvement in Illinois politics, due to his campaign for presidency, only speaks to his political ignorance and inexperience.

It can be assumed that his aspirations of becoming president were in the back of his for years and his senatorial position was simply a resumé builder, which is weak motivation for power.
Although Obama’s policies and background are both questionable, his election is very progressive. His lack of experience and fickle ideas are leading many to worry, but come January, we will see if he pulls through. Now, we can only “Hope for Change.”

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    IanDec 14, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    Obama was elected to the senate in 2006, he took office in 2007, so his tenure in the U.S. Senate was even shorter than you thought, also, it might help to get your facts right, people won’t take you seriously if you mix stuff up.

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