Tuesday, October 13, 2009


As a frequent truculent critic of President Barack Obama I have a suggestion to improve his falling poll numbers. It is highly unlikely he will listen to me or take my suggestion seriously, because I suspect he considers himself to be above any mortal’s criticism or suggestions. He appears to know all or more than anyone else with his supercilious pronouncements. Having said that, I feel compelled to assist my president improve his faltering poll numbers.

Now only nine months into his first term, our president is experiencing dramatic declines in his approval ratings due to his incubus statements. When he was a candidate he pledged that he would eliminate or at least reduce earmarks, but he has repeatedly permitted them to be included in all legislation since his inauguration. If you want to restore your acceptance, Mr. President, you must muster the political courage to veto all or at least a substantial portion of future legislation containing earmarks.

It is appropriate that your Commander remind his president of what he said during his campaign, “Absolutely, we need earmark reform. And when I’m president, I will go line by line to make sure that we are not spending money unwisely.” Were you lying when you said that, Sir?

If you veto earmark legislation, Mr. President, you will impress your constituents, and you will begin to fulfill campaign promises. Your polls will increase immediately. If you do not take this action your approval numbers will continue to fall, because your fellow Americans will know that you are no different from all the other double-speaking politicians. It is also time to stop lying when you repeatedly say that your opposition never makes any suggestions to improve legislation, because they do, and continue to do so.

And, what happened, once elected, to your promise to have your economic advisors go through the entire budget, line by line, to see where waste could be cut. Did that happen? Was there nothing that could be cut?

Additionally, I suggest it is time to consider getting some new advisors who will tell you the truth, and stop playing up to your desires and personal approval. Yes men are doing you little or no good, but are you willing to consider, and act on that proven fact? You took an Oath to serve the people Mr. President not your self-interests. Or are you just a puppet of behind the scenes advisors?

Now that President Obama has been announced as the Nobel Peace Prize recipient this year, I have one further suggestion for his consideration. As an old farmer once said, “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.” Again I urge our leader to slow things down, and consider all sides of the issues beyond pure political paybacks.

Thus far Mr. President, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), while out of order to speak out during your recent speech on Capitol Hill, he spoke the truth in calling you a liar. Sometimes the truth hurts, but he was accurate. You have gotten away telling several falsehoods far too long, but your past is catching up with you, and you best change your ways or you will destroy your presidency. With all due respect, if the truth hurts, so be it, Mr. President. The truth always wins out in the long run.


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