Well, since others have posted their worries, concerns, hopes, etc. about the new U.S. administration already, I thought I would start my own thread.
I would like this thrad to be a serious one, so I ask people to refrain from smart-alec comments, and single phrase, or picture posts without elaboration...I will be asking mods/admins to do what is needed.
First off, I want to say, I am not a policy wonk when it comes to the executive branch. I am not looking for someone to represent me here (I do that in the legislative branch).
I want someone simply competent enough to do a few things...
(1) Avoid/Prevent crisis if posssible to do so. --economic, National Security, Foreing Relations, whatever.
(2) Manage crisis properly. This may mean simply saying that ther will be pain, and making things clear why there will be.
(3) Tractable, focused improvements to the system as a whole.
I ended up voting for Obama. The main reasons were:
(a) The "culture war" focus--which I think creates insularity, which leads to closing off of inputs, which means poor (1) and possibly poor (2). Sarah Palin's nomination was the culmination of this error in jusgment in my mind.
(b) McCain's erratic behavior during the early part of the financial crisis, indicating poor (2). I like that Obama is cool under fire.
I want this administration and this country to suceed--like I am sure most people who are pragmatic would.
However, there is one major thing that worries me about Obama...that is a seeming lack of focus. I am not surprised I didn't get it, but I really hoped Obama would essentially be talking about economic recovery everyday, most of the day.
He has over turned a lot of executive orders, which was expected...but really, I thought we would be revealing a lot more about his stimulus package...in particular highlighting what the reasons are that we believe it will work, and what indicators, measures, etc. we will use to tell if it is working. I would also like to also know what our contingencies are.