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Obama doesn't like cynicism; voters don't like deficient outcomes

Americans want outcome-driven government.

Not cynical enough
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President Obama’s performance rating among voters has fallen and he is combatting cynicism. First, the source of much cynicism has been from un collaborative Republicans, and that’s the truth. That is why Congress gets such a low evaluation by voters. Second, the President’s own missteps as an executive has undermined what has been unwavering enthusiasm. He simply isn’t very effective executive and manager, overall. He has moments of brilliance, and that is what sustains his Presidency. Yet, as time has drawn nigh, the end is in sight and people are much less enthusiastic about the outcomes.

“Hope is a better choice than cynicism,” says the President. Are those the choices?

  • Hope or cynicism
  • Optimism or pessimism
  • Liberalism or conservatism
  • Tolerance or intolerance
  • Freedom or constraint
  • Peace or war
  • Security or insecurity
  • Love or hate
  • Functional or dysfunctional
  • Collaborative or disordered
  • Equality or inequality
  • Fair or unfair
  • Happy or unhappy
  • Satisfied or dissatisfied
  • Goodness or evil
  • Effective or ineffective

Theoretically, a president’s being in office for 8 years should result in the production of certain outcomes. Let’s check the essentials.

  1. Nation secured economically - 100% (Obama grade 60%)

    Economically, America is in much better condition than it was when Obama came into office. His policies and approach produced a turnaround, so far. Has the Obama presidency addressed root problems? The answer is no.

    Symptomatic is that wealth is concentrated into too few hands. Wealthy Americans and their corporations have undermined the principles of equality and one person, one vote by confusing freedom of speech with unlimited campaign contributions and by treating corporations as persons.

    There is little attention to achieving sustainable economics in America via any other course than capitalism which is not sustainable.

  2. Nation has a sustainable economy - 100% (Obama grade 30%)

    An economy that is dependent upon fossil fuels is not sustainable. There is no urgent initiative to transform the American economy to a sustainable way forward

  3. Nation secured militarily - 100% (Obama grade 70%)

    Obama’s foreign policy has America withdrawing from invasive and aggressive hot wars in the Middle East. He has had some successes in dismantling terrorist organizations, yet terrorists persist and the threat is increasing. America appears too inept in too many places. The reason why his score in 70% versus 50% is from the sheer magnitude of American military might. It is the strength of the legacy that buoys his performance.

  4. Homeland secured from terrorists - 100% (Obama grade 70%

    It isn’t for a lack of investment that the nation appears to be secure against terrorists, but it is probably more to do with terrorists being incompetent. American governmental dysfunction shows in this performance outcome more than anywhere else. The nation cannot be secure when there is dysfunction at all levels of government. The President cannot be a one man band, and needs a fully cooperative Congress. For that, we can’t blame it all on the president.

    America is losing opportunity to gain efficiency and effectiveness in the Homeland Security Department.

  5. Employment opportunities for all who can work - 100% - (Obama grade 70%)

    Employment opportunities have improved as a result from general improvements in the economy. However, systemic deficiencies exist and persist at the foundation for achieving a sustainable economy. America’s economic future is chaotic and much too dependent upon the hands of a few to determine the outcome.

  6. Upward mobility for all who are prepared commensurate with ability - 100% (Obama grade 40%)

    There is complete uncertainty about America’s economic future to warrant a promise of upward mobile opportunity for the existing and emerging workforce.

  7. All persons provided minimal sustainment as a baseline to start - 100% (Obama grade 60%)

    There remain vast numbers of people who are living in poverty, at the poverty line, or about to sink into it. The situation is not one that President Obama created; it is one for which he has desperately tried to address against a recalcitrant and corrupted Congress. America continues to fail at this outcome.

  8. Social security assured for all persons - 100% (Obama grade 80%)

    Who knows. Give Obama a high score for trying but Americans are living insecurely.

  9. Clean air and water - 100% (Obama grade 80%)

    Obama gets high marks for effort against a terrible Congress. The net is that America’s water and air remains at risk for healthy human sustainment.

  10. Best education in the world - #1 (Obama grade 50%)

    His efforts have been meaningless and ineffective.

  11. Freest nation in the world - #1 (Obama grade 50%)

    His policies appear to have diminished freedom in America. We are not the freest and are at substantial risk.

  12. Lowest crime rate in the world - #1 in least crime per capita (Obama grade 70%)

    Not due to specific policies but more as a result of general economic improvement, Obama’s performance isn’t the worst we have experienced.

Therefore, overall, where Americans need, want and expect 100% certainty about critical outcomes, the Obama presidency has us substantially below the mark.

Honesty is not cynicism, Mr. President.

“Obama: Don’t be so cynical

By Amie Parnes - 08/08/14 06:00 AM EDT

President Obama's message in 2008 was hope and change. In 2012, it was change takes time.

In 2014, it's don’t be so cynical.

As Obama struggles with the lowest approval ratings in his presidency and the real chance his party could lose the Senate in the midterm elections later this year, the one constant in his speeches — from weighty economic addresses to small fundraisers — is now: “Hope is a better choice than cynicism.”

It’s a recent shift—which began with commencement addresses meant to inspire young graduates, and the White House’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative to help under-privileged young people.

But now the sentiment is seeping into nearly every single speech Obama delivers, highlighting how the White House is trying to use the message to win over voters and play off Republicans ahead of the midterm elections.
The approach comes in Obama’s sixth year on the job, and at a point where the signs that he is wearing out U.S. voters is growing.

A poll this week by The Wall Street Journal and NBC News found 71 percent believe the country is on the wrong track, despite a relatively good run for the economy.
Seventy-nine percent expressed unhappiness with the political system, while only 19 percent expressed satisfaction. Obama’s approval rating dropped to 40 percent.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/214636-obama-dont-be-so-cynical