April 2009: should have announced a massive works project to rebuild infrastructure, with an emphasis on new elevated light rail over all major freeways and linking all major cities at their downtown hubs. not only would there have been jobs by now, with the optics of hardhats, concrete, and machine factories to play for the ads, but the whole 'no jobs' line would have been eliminated.
what he did: two years later, a month before the 2010 midterm election, he holds a picnic on the front lawn and announces a future project which hasn't even been completely written and which instead, is heavy on chronically graft-ridden roadwork [150,000 miles], and which ironically will most likely just slow down traffic even more for the next few years of his presidency as projects begin and complete. and only 4000 miles of new rail? are you fucking kidding me?
June 2009: should have pushed his health care bill to the back burner for 2011, and instead written a bill socializing higher education. better optics; healthy, multi racial, multi cultural youth at colleges opening doors for the handicapped, single moms going to night school, etcetera. opponents would be ridiculed for being uneducated hillbillies; the joke would write itself, and would innoculate him against future attacks from the same people. also would have set the stage for similarly funded single payer health care.
what he did: announced a health care bill withits
optics of sick people and all the horror that entails. and which he then allowed be negotiated into a winfall for the very insurance companies whose corruption his initial bill sought to eliminate.
and i was just thinking about this as i was writing:
September 2010: he should already have cleared all appointees, via the normal process or via recess appointment if necessary. why is he still trying to negotiate with people who hate everything he is?
what he did: negotiated and allowed the opposition party to further hamstring the very operations of his administration, so instead, there are still a few dozen positions that haven't been filled.
all of this though, just bad strategy all around.
and because of all this, he will most likely lose the house and the senate this november and face a complete stalemate for the rest of his presidency, just like jim demint promised a year and a half ago when he called on republicans to make healthcare obama's 'waterloo'.
death by bowel obstruction..