Now that we are officially at the first 100 days for the Obama Administration, I find many things to talk about in regard to where BHO is attempting to steer this giant ship called America. However, let's focus like a laser, dear reader, on the biggest problem I perceive with BHO: Obama has become the "Ubiquitous American President" who puts his imprimatur on every economic crisis, business scandal, or inconvenient viral outbreak. Where Bush's Uncle Sam was percieved on the world stage as "bully," Obama's Uncle Sam if he's not careful will be perceived as the "daddy state." We as Americans have been a hardy lot, with do-it-yourself skills, and an indefatigable ability to overcome and prosper throughout our 300+ year history. We in the blogosphere are living examples of this. We feel like voicing our opinions, and we start blogs, websites, and even Internet companies. Obama, unfortunately, is ignorant of the business and entrepreneurial side of Americans. He, as an academic for a time in the ivory tower, and then as a politician in the marbled halls, was not inculcated with what it means to run a business or think like an entrepreneur. He is familiar with passing laws and making policies (and discussing them in the classroom) that regulate businesses. Which is partly why BHO is so quick to get in front of scandal, crisis, and TV cameras. (He reminds me of Tony Villaraigosa, Mayor of L.A., in this regard. To borrow from Will Rogers, the man has never met a camera he didn't like.) He wants to discuss, talk, opine, and then stroke a check while arrogating business unto himself (witness his refusal of several banks who wish to return TARP money and rid themselves of the harsh terms accompanying the bailout).While some call this leadership (the preternatural ability to find an issue and wax eloquent with teleprompter at the ready), I say it weakens Americans to have a "daddy state." Our kids don't become better athletes, students, or citizens by having mom and dad do the work for them. We rear great citizens, and watch our brood become self-disciplined students by allowing our kids to fail. Letting them stumble at times, and then providing direction, mentorship, and a loving parental shoulder when needed. Struggle is good for us Americans. The butterfly must struggle out of the cocoon; the diamond must have pressure; the David sculpture must be chiseled and hammered and sanded with coarse paper. Eventually we shine. On our own, with appropriate boundaries (read, limited government), we succeed and lay a foundation for future generations. Cutting multi-trillion dollar checks to "solve" problems only lays a quicksand trap for our grandchildren, a millstone that will keep them from prospering and inheriting what has from our foundation been a birthright: the ability to succeed.
Who keeps kicking my soapbox? All right, all right. I'm done. Sheesh.