Out of Touch

While there is still work to be done it looks as though Qaddafi’s regime is ending and we should all be happy for the people of Libya with hopes that they will now have the opportunity to live in a more free society then what they have been subjected to for the past forty two years.

The Obama administration opted for a more cautious approach partnering with the international community (NATO) using some air power, predator drone attacks and dispatching French and British special forces behind the Libyan border to train and arm rebel forces. Mosques broadcasted public messages urging civilians to fight the regime activating sleeper cells on Sunday around the country which led to the rebel takeover.

Of course John McCain pictured above felt the need to release the following statement “Americans can be proud of the role our country has played in helping to defeat Kadafi, but we regret that this success was so long in coming due to the failure of the United States to employee the full weight of our airpower.”

Seriously John you regret that the success was so long in coming, longer than say the war you say we can still win in Afghanistan that’s been going on for almost ten years costing us billions of dollars. One of the reasons I voted for Obama was because I felt we needed someone who could provide a fresh perspective on dealing with foreign affair issues.

Unfortunately for John McCain and the Republicans what I heard on the campaign trail and during the debates was more of the same that we got from the prior administration ! I give the current administration high marks for what they are doing abroad.

You Can’t Always Get What You Want –

I love it – the passion that Richard showed in his December 7 blog – A Tough Choice, which dealt with the Obama Compromise with the Republicans on tax cuts and on the opposite side, Bob’s ongoing almost daily writings reminding us of the out of control spiraling United States deficit.

I like to consider myself an independent and my take on the whole thing was good for you Mr. President, I mean seriously what was the guy to do ? In a few weeks he will have a Republican majority in the House of Representatives, an expiring tax policy put in place by our previous president which helps the little guy and a small portion of conservative Democrats insisting on an extension of tax cuts for all Americans. Yet being mindful of the election where voters wanted the two sides to work together he showed the ability to compromise and was able to get most of what he wanted.

If you take a close look at the total package I’m very much in favor of most of it, $300 billion for a middle class tax cut for those earning $250,000 or less per year, $280 billion for corporate tax breaks which will hopefully create jobs and spur business investment, $130 billion for continuing tax cuts for those making over $250,000, $120 billion for a 2% payroll tax cut, $56 billion for a thirteen month extension for jobless benefits and $40 billion to continue earned income tax credits and education tax credits.

Sure the president could have continued to fight with Republicans and the fight would have most likely lasted into next year, being played over and over again on the nightly news. What would have happened is American’s making the least amount would have seen what was 10% of their earnings going towards taxes increase to 15%. That’s a 50% increase for those who need their hard earned money the most because they live from paycheck to paycheck. I’d argue that even though the president was sticking by his principles, people would have blamed him.

Compromise is tough, but this compromise really doesn’t hurt the president since 67% of Independents and 52% of Democrats along with an overwhelming number of Republicans support tax cuts. We all know you can’t raise taxes during tough economic times. So you can’t always get what you want – but if you try sometimes you just might find you get what you need !