August 2008


JPost has a good article about Obama padding his resume.  It struck me, this is one of the big things I really dislike about Obama.  He really reminds me of executives who hop from company to company and care only about their own career and image, not the company. 

They pride themselves on their “leadership abilities”, but don’t actually do anything one can point to.  They jump from stepping-stone to stepping-stone without ever really interacting along the way.  Their chief abilities are promoting themselves and quietly detaching themselves from ill-considered initiatives which they enthusiastically promote until the initiative sinks.  As long as they get their bonuses, they don’t care how the company is doing.

Basically, Obama reminds me of a useless MBA.

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Krugman had a good column yesterday about Obama’s lack of attention to economic issues.  The economy under Bush has collossally sucked.  Job growth is the slowest in 60 years.  The income gap has widened substantially over the last decade – and that’s just earned income, it doesn’t include other wealth.  McCain promises more of the same.  

Why is Obama not seizing on this?  His tax plan is actually fairly progressive and would help the middle vs. the rich – but for some reason he’s not talking about it.

The middle and lower-middle classes are descending towards outright poverty, with the wealthy detaching like the tip of a rocket and blasting off without the rest of us.  Foreclosures are at a record high.  The increasing cost of life basics – gas, food, housing, medical care – has got to be hurting a lot of families. 

That is, the economy has to be hurting a lot of families with a lot of swing voters.  So why is Obama strangely silent about all this? 

These are classic strong issues for Democrats.  Economic fairness – the basic guarantee that if you work hard, you’ll at least stay afloat, if not get ahead.  It’s a freaking no-brainer.  That Obama is not talking about issues that matter to the average voter only adds to his aura of elitism. 

C’mon, man, you’ve styled yourself as this amazing orator – do your stuff, already.  Get people to sign on to your vision, not McCain’s. 

Does he not believe his own promises?  Is that why he can’t bring himself to talk about his great plans – because he knows he can’t carry them off?  Seriously, why is he not talking about this?