With the passage of the Ryan Murray Budget Agreement, the most persistent weakness of the entire Obama presidency continues to haunt this administration and eventually will tarnish his legacy. President Obama’s inability to stop the Republicans from controlling the national conversation and the political discourse of the country is blatant throughout this law and all his previously negotiated deals.
Although these policies may be the best agreement possible given the present Washington gridlock, it does very little to tackle the true economic needs of the country. This legislation merely perpetuates the pseudo austerity measures the Republicans in Congress have used to handcuff the US economy for the past 5 years. These policies have resulted in the most anemic recovery in recent memory, characterized by sluggish job growth, which are the real economic issues that face our nation.
President Obama has not used the “bully pulpit” of the presidency to provide the American people with the reality that the federal budget deficit and our long-term debt is not the primary problem of the economy. On the contrary, our debt issues are a result of two wars, we have not paid for and a tax policy that is focused entirely on growing the investment class and not on enlarging the middle class which was our priority after World War II. He has failed to overwhelmingly convince most Americans that their economic plight is not the result of giving subsidies to the poor, but is simply the effect of 30 years of bad policy, where America has forgotten how we became a great nation.
Furthermore, the Obama administration has not screamed from every corner of America that the federal budget deficit is half what it was when he took office in 2008, but the economy is still failing to have a robust recover. Clearly, our debt must not be the root cause of our situation. President Obama has allowed the Republicans to cover up this information, and present to America the false choice between passing on our debt to future generations and stimulating the economy to grow us out of the worst recession in history. Though President Obama has by default assumed possession of this economy, he has never truly taken ownership of its course.
Unfortunately, the results of the constant barrage of governmental inefficacy are showing on the Obama presidency. He has seemingly withdrawn from the trenches of the battle, leaving the actual combat up to overpowered congressional leaders who do not have the wherewithal fight for the “America Dream.” As a result, the recent polls reflect Americans growing disapproval and want for leadership. Therefore, President Obama must now more than ever stand up loudly and continue to proclaim, “Yes we can”, even when it seems like no one is listening.