President Obama is lame before becoming lame duck. True is that I voted for him because the other party offered an anti-Middle Class and poor agenda, and a candidate who was wide right of the goal post.
President Obama is between the posts, barely over the bar. That wins elections, but neither performance is what America deserves and desperately needs.
What is truly disappointing is President Obama’s consistent pattern of being late at the most fundamental aspects of his job at planning and budgeting. I think most Americans agreed to cut him some slack in the first months of his job as he inherited a disaster. After that grace period, it was time to prove his competence.
In the back of my mind, I am suspicious that President Obama tactically plans to lag in the planning and budgeting game because he does not want to be forced to make decisions that reflect his priorities before Republicans do. That is especially true about entitlements and high visibility defense matters.
When timeliness is a requirement, the President substitutes, “I’ll take my time.” Never mind legal requirements to be on time. That is problematic and sets a bad precedence.
If there is no consequence for the president being late that is no punishment, then we what we are seeing is what we get: “The President is late again.”
I would like to review with you the job of president of the United States. If you disagree or would like to suggest some changes and edits, please let me know.
Six Primary Tasks of the U. S. President’s Job Model: Optimize return on national resources
Throughout the range of tasks, the President analyzes, evaluates, approves and directs the allocation of the government’s resources to perform work and produce required outcomes. Only Congress can fund the work of government. Achieving the highest return on cost is a president’s responsibility. The following tasks are a straw man, a place to begin as voters think through the process independently.
What is one the first things a president must have to do to get started with a new administration? The president needs a staff, an organization, a plan and a schedule. So let’s get started.
Task 1: Planning, staffing, organizing, and scheduling Presidential work and government functions
Subtask 1.1: Recruit and staff the cabinet and department and agency appointments
Subtask 1.2: Conduct cabinet meetings to develop and implement strategies and policies for accomplishing the nation’s workload and issues
Subtask 1.3: Define the nation’s outcomes and priorities for each major department and agency produce the nation’s strategic plan
Task 2: Develop the President’s management agenda and budget and reconcile with Congress
Subtask 2.1: Assume responsibility for the legacy agenda and make adjustments to align with the President’s management agenda or equivalent
Subtask 2.2: Work with cabinet heads to develop performance plans and schedules
Subtask 2.3: Work with Congressional leadership and collaborate to implement the nation’s strategy, plans, and programs
Task 3: Initiate and approve legislation
Subtask 3.1: Propose bills to Congress
Subtask 3.2: Consult and advise Congress
Subtask 3.3: Collaborate with industry and business leaders in the development of policies and regulations of all kinds
Subtask 3.4: Approve or veto legislation
Subtask 3.5: Request a declaration for war from Congress
Task 4: Implement plans and manage on-going operations
Subtask 4.1: Review and evaluate programs that include new acquisitions and on-going operations
Subtask 4.2: Evaluate programs including legacy processes and engineer new ones for accomplishing and producing required and promised outcomes
Subtask 4.3: Continuously improve
Task 5: Report progress and discuss issues with the American public to keep them informed
Task 6: Meet with heads of state and participate in international meetings and conferences for heads of state
Subtask 6.1: Participate in international economic conferences
Subtask 6.2: Respond to international crises and requests for assistance
Subtask 6.3: Promote democratic process and reforms
Observe that subtask 3.5 is a request to Congress for war. The President does not declare war as that is a congressional responsibility.
With regard to most of these, President Obama is late and Americans have little idea about where we stand with respect to economic and military security for which we expect 100%.
“Obama budget delayed until April
By Jeremy Herb - 03/08/13 11:33 AM ET
The Obama administration will release its 2014 budget more than two months late on April 8, according to congressional sources.
Pentagon officials have informed the House Armed Services Committee that the budget is coming on April 8, said Claude Chafin, a committee spokesman. A Democratic congressional source confirmed that is the planned release date.
The April release means President Obama's budget will be nine weeks late, as it was due by law on Feb. 4, the first Monday in February.
Republicans have slammed Obama for delaying the budget since the first missed deadline.
“I’m disappointed the president has missed his deadline. But I’m not surprised,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said in a statement last month. “In four of the last five years, he’s failed to submit his budget on time.”