We are in a pickle. America has a President that we like even though he is more of an organizer than a leader, and he is more evasive than direct when it comes to explaining exactly what he is doing. We don’t understand how he is addressing the trade offs to produce a government that we can afford and one that satisfies our essential needs completely.
It is the absence of answers and the absence of description of how solutions will be produced that keeps Americans on edge. What we don’t know can kill us and that is worrisome.
The GOP-controlled House of Representatives is more confounding. Solutions for the way ahead are not forthcoming and they continue to appear to be obstructive and the party of no.
Americans have cut President Obama some slack, but now they expect leadership. They expect him to maximize the application of his knowledge of Constitutional law to accomplish as much as he can within his power to produce a sustainable economy. He cannot do that without the full support of business and industry. Therein, he needs major outreach and engagement the likes we have not seen in four years. It isn’t about jobs; it is about business and growing the private sector to absorb the workforce cast off from shrinking government and to absorb returning veterans. That is a massive asset pool that is currently underemployed and unemployed.
“As President Obama prepares to deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday, AEI’s new Political Report compares views about the president, the economy, and business today with those in early 2009.
The president’s standing is solid, but approval ratings of the nation’s economy, big business, banks, and Wall Street are anemic. Dissatisfaction with government is at Watergate-era levels.
• Satisfaction with the state of the economy is at 27 percent, up from 10 percent in 2009.
• Confidence in big business, banks, and Wall Street remains low, although generally positive views about capitalism have not changed in the wake of the financial crisis.”