By David Bowling
2008 the US was in a terrible mess. The economy was down, unemployment was up, we were mired in two seemingly
endless wars, and healthcare and immigration desperately needed reform. Also, the republication party was
giving millions of dollars to big businesses and seemed to be doing nothing for the common folks.
promised change. In his book “The Audacity of Hope”, he talked about hoping for a better America and how he
would make changes. We agreed, and voted for him to fix this mess.
It’s been a year
and half, so how’s he doing?
Of course the democrats say he’s great
and the republicans say he’s terrible.
Without having an agenda either
way let’s look at the facts:
· The economy and jobs, very close to the same –
Unemployment has remained about the same, still in double digits.
Foreclosures have gone down only because the banks are slower to take them because they don’t want any more.
Iraq and Afghanistan, some change but still at war –
We pulled some troops from Iraq but have increased in Afghanistan.
· Immigration, no change – Mr.
Obama summed it best when asked about the new law in Arizona. He said “it’s a misguided effort
because of frustration of a broken federal system”.
· Healthcare, historical reform – The new healthcare reform bill will begin in 2014. There have been many
debates about how well this bill will help us. We’ll find out in a couple of years.
· “Bailouts”, status quo – General Motors, AIG Insurance, and banks, just to name a few. Still
no money for us, but we can always hope.