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President Obama and the Washington Establishment: a love story

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And now let's talk about one of America's most urgent, critical needs; to establish solid, meaningful financial reforms and regulations that will prevent a repetition of the economic crisis that fractured our nation in 2008. He cannot let this legislation follow the same process that gave us "health reform lite." But, so far, what has been accomplished relative to this critical issue? Basically, little to nothing, since it's in the hands of Senator Dodd, good friend of the banksters, who is very busy watering it down. Question: Who's in charge of policy here, Dodd or Barack Obama?

Come on Mr. President, strap it on and let's get it done. The banking industry, said by many, including Senator Durbin from Illinois, to own the U.S. Congress, is bringing extreme pressure, influence, and is offering up plenty of campaign contributions to see that any proposed legislation is either defeated or substantially weakened. The financial sector can no longer be allowed to run wild at the expense of the taxpayers. If our president does not take charge and show strong leadership, and soon, he will be putting this nation in extreme danger of yet another economic crisis. When will this president start acting like a president, one who calls the shots?

The latest flip-flop and cave-in is his announcement that he is giving approval to oil drilling off the coasts of Florida and Virginia, once again breaking a campaign promise he was, during his campaign, strongly opposed to any off-shore drilling. Who got to him this time, to whose tune is he now dancing in this surprising change in position? He is saying that this new drilling is only a part of an overall energy program; but he has, to date, completely failed to lay out any kind of ambitious, detailed plan for solving our energy problems; does he even have one, I doubt it?

Don't think that Americans are not aware of President Obama's flip flops and cave-ins because they are. A USA Today/Gallup poll just released showed that by a 50-46% margin Americans polled do not think that Mr. Obama deserves re-election; and that is a very ominous sign for a president who came into office with such a tremendous potential, one that gave millions of Americans new hope for the future.

This is a man who showed so much promise that many Americans, including me, thought that he could become one of the greatest presidents in our history. But the more we see of him and watch his actions, and how he conveniently changes his positions, the more we have become disappointed and disillusioned. Here was a man who literally stood at the threshold of greatness; but unless he radically changes his approach to leading this nation, he will become a candidate for the title of one of history's biggest presidential failures.

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