Monday, January 25, 2010

Obama Would 'Rather Be Really Good One-Term President'

Well, I don't know about the "good" part but the one-term part seems more and more likely all the time.  Obama's statement comes from an exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer.  In the interview, Obama concedes he has made mistakes particularly on health care:
The president conceded he has made mistakes, at one point saying, "I'd probably say I make a mistake a day, maybe two." One of the biggest, he said, was the confusing way in which the health bill was shaped.

H/T: Memeorandum

But the president insisted "I didn't make a bunch of deals… I am happy to own up to the fact that I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked.""I think the healthcare debate as it unfolded legitimately raised concerns not just among my opponents, but also amongst reporters that we just don't know what's going on," and that some "stray cats" got in the bill, he said.
Umm, I am not entirely sure the issue was that he didn't know what was going on... he was in on all those back room deals after all.  Reaganite Republican notes Bill Kristol sees Obama's problems both politically and legislatively are a direct result of his failure to work with Republicans in a bipartisan fashion:
And the pollster had no doubt re. what the administration's biggest mistake on ObamaCare was- "not getting the Republicans in the room". As noted by Bill Kristol on Fox News Sunday, Obama could have actually driven a lot of wedges into the GOP by working with selected factions, leaving them in dissarray... rather, he did the only thing that could have unified Republicans so quickly, ramming partisan legislation through while treating them like children .
Obama plans on papering over his mistakes of the past year in his SOTU address by promising big for the middle class:

Increasing the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit for middle class families making under $85,000 a year from 20% to 35% of qualifying expenses.

 Capping student federal loan payments to 10 percent of the student's income above a basic living allowance.

 Requiring all employers to give workers an option of automatic workplace direct-deposit IRAs.

 Expanding tax credits to match retirement savings by expanding and simplifying the Saver's Credit to match 50 percent of the first $1,000 of contributions by families earning up to $65,000 and providing a partial credit to families earning up to $85,000.

 Expanding support for families balancing work with caring for elderly relatives with a $102.5 million Caregiver Initiative.

 I am not sure imposing new requirements on employers is a great idea with the unemployment rate climbing and jobs foremost on voters' minds.  Increasing child and dependent care tax credits are only beneficial if people actually have jobs to go to.  Nevertheless, there is no better way to silence the plebes than sending baskets of gold to be divided among them.

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