Hello Anthony, Unfortunately for President Obama, he is in a "damned if you do, damned if you don't" situation with his critics. They will find fault with or nit pick whatever decision, move, or position he takes, due to their intense distrust and extreme hatred of him. At the end of his term, President Bush faced similar negative attitudes, but one could argue that he brought this on himself because of his less than forthright actions and missteps. It appears that Obama's critics are unwilling to give him somewhat of a "grace period" to correct difficulties that were, in part, the fallout from the past administration's actions (Iraq and the initial bail-outs) or inaction (Katrina). I believe that Obama has the moral fortitude to overcome unwarranted criticism, while adapting and learning from mistakes that he has made. I don't think that anyone can truly be prepared to be President, no matter the qualifications and intelligence. It is an on-the-job learning experience and, as such, there are bound to be times we disagree with our President's decisions. As citizens, it is not only acceptable, but also our duty, to express our disagreement, especially if we think that could lead to policy changes. I don't fault Obama's critics for a legitimate difference of opinion. But tearing down the President on every possible front, including his personal family life, just to further a partisan agenda rather than improve our country, is extreme and unacceptable. Even though it will obviously be difficult, I hope that he continues to focus on the goals and improvements he believes will benefit our country and its citizens and not allow himself to be distracted by those who seek his downfall at all costs. On a personal note: I really admire your reasoned approach, the facts and back-up links that you provide, and your ability to rise above petty and childish attacks. I know that you are not a paid "Dem-blogger" as Newsense is fixated on constantly repeating,but if you were, then you would be well worth whatever you were paid because you represent some of the best aspects of being a Democrat. I enjoy and am enlightened by the information and insights that you share, both in your blogs and comments. They are definitely thought-provoking. Sincerely, Karen
Thank you for the kind words Karen. My guess is that even among the people who agree with Mr. newsense's politics, they realize that the "paid blogger" stuff is false to put it politely.
I will continue to contribute my two cents online and I have also realized that I need to become more conversant with our local issues.
Looks like a gentleman named Brad Goehring is the leading candidate for the GOP nomination to challenge Jerry McNerney next year. Goehring, according to his website, completely opposes a health care public option, so that makes him a non-starter with me. On the other hand, Republican Tom Campbell just may get my vote for governor.
I also need to learn more about the PG&E vs SSJID issue. All I know so far (other than my $300+ monthly PG&E bill) is that there seems to be a great deal of support across all political ideologies for a SSJID takeover. Who would have thought a socialist takeover of the utility industry would have such broad support in San Joaquin county?