I’m a former AP writer and a close observer of the national and international scene. I write for several blogs and other media. I am also a pragmatic former business leader. I was president/CEO of an insurance company in Minneapolis for eight years. As I observe the mistakes of Rahm Emanuel, Tim Geithner, and other Obama operatives the past 60 days of the Obama administration, I can see that either they are totally incompetent or that maybe they can be rehabilitated by encountering some basic decision-making training. We business leaders are constantly training our people to make good decisions. Just as poor decisions bring down companies, poor thinking can break a nation. Or should I say the people running our nation, and that eventually badly influences what the country starts to look like. Sadly, “America the Beautiful” is more and more starting to look like the socialistic UK at best and communistic Russia at worst.
WHAT’S WRONG WITH OBAMA?
by Don White
Why is President Obama having trouble vetting appointments? That’s kid’s play. Why can’t he seem to get a handle on the economic crisis? Why is he so intent on trashing our democratic way of life?
“What’s wrong?” It all boils down to dishonesty.
The wrong president has FAILED to assemble the right key advisors? Maybe he should STOP and reconsider, putting aside his “Chicago Ways.” Importantly, he should rescreen his liberal cronies – put them to the test and if they don’t pass, fire their butts.
Obviously, as Einstein inferred, if something’s not working you need to stop doing that which got us into trouble in the first place.
A big part of Obama’s problem is that he’s not an honest man. He knows better, but he still acts as if “FDR’s depression” was not lengthened and worsened by Roosevelt’s big government spending programs.
The test? Yes, the test today to give Axelrod and Emanuel and the others is how fast can they think, how wise can they be?
Can they learn anything new and adapt?
This requires not a set of static leadership and followership rules, but rules that are ever changing as the world changes. I fear for our country if Obama doesn’t quickly take a step back and look at what he has done and say, “No more!” And I suggest instead of Monopoly, his people learn to play a “Carmen Sandiego” game where the board itself is ever changing. How’s that for flexibility and ability to multi task and adapt? But that’s precisely the game our global world requires of us, especially with the great amount of world political and economic instability coming from America’s tough opponents and the wild card personalities in this international terror game led by Vladimir Putin, Hugo Chavez, Raul Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Osama Bin Laden.
Sadly, if Obama has taught us anything it is that we are our own worst enemy.
Presidential leadership requires that Obama abandon his static rules of the game, that is that everyone act like staunchly wild party going, left-wing Democrats — that they stop playing the Monopoly of Communist Russia where government owns the utilities and railroads, Park Place, Marvin Gardens, and Boardwalk. It must be a “game” where government gets out of “property’ ownership altogether and leaves that to “we the people.”
Successful business leaders often do well in Washington. If Washington would recruit more topflight business executives, as Kennedy and Reagan did, which would have to include conservatives and liberals alike, it might ensure a less hazardous road ahead and better decision making for the new president. It was a shame that Obama’s strict spending ethics made it impossible for Senator Judd Greg to become Commerce Secretary. But if you have to serve a “dictator” in order to serve your country, as conservatives you and I may have made the same decision. Why presidents choose people of opposite persuasion is to improve the administration’s thinking. But it became abundantly clear that there was no room for conservative thinking in the speeding, out-of-control Obama “Yes We Can” train that has almost imploded our country…
In his book the Art of the Long View, Peter Schwartz develops and explains scenario planning using computer simulations of possible futures that he used in his work at Shell Oil Company. He claims both businesses and governments can use these methods to determine the optimal, realistic, analytic, and imaginative outcomes that produce the desired results.
He said if you were born twenty years ago and are on top, or at least on your way, you likely have a “good helicopter” in your head. This means the ability to see the big picture and zoom down to focus on the key details simultaneously. He believes that people born in the last two decades of the twentieth century are “better equipped to have such helicopters. With its speed of change and uncertainty, the world educates young people to think. “I see the difference in kids now; they’re more sophisticated about the world, steeped in its complexities, with more sense of their own potencies,” said Schwartz/
In a game like “Monopoly” we follow a never-ending path around the board until somebody wins. In the world survival games we play today, however, like the “Carmen Sandiego” games, the board itself changes depending on what the players do. Regular exposure to such games, to cable news networks, to travel, and to new types of contact with other people will give you the intimate closeness to change that you need to understand it, and the words to describe what you are.
Schwartz believes that the challenges we face and the opportunities we have come from are important. Three major forces will form the context of our lives: New technologies of information, molecular engineering, and biology; solving the great divide that separate the haves from the have nots without dismantling our Western democratc, free enterprise way of life; and the force of ethnic diversity that has become America’s destiny and opportunity. How we handle all three of these will define our country’s future. So far, we seem to have struck out in the area of government intervention and Obama’s attempt to make for a level economic playing field. It has been and will be a complete failure unless he steps back and re-examines the mistakes he has made and reverts to the good old fashioned way of job creation, where people buy stocks for their retirement and are able to see that money create jobs, instead of seing a government ravage their retirement funds and with little or no leveling accomplished. What we learn from Obama’s “romp” in the oval office and in the White House halls of history is crucial. What he learns is even more important. How we and our generation respond to these challenges and opportunities will determine what kind of future our children will have. And right now that’s not looking too rosy, thanks to the profligate Obama administration.
The economic and political systems of the world are ever more intertwined at a global level. There is the possibility of a planetary society of enormous abundance, Schwarts says – a truly productive, open, and free world. But the process of producing that global economy poses many challenges, none the least the setting of America’s ship of state aright politically and economically.
America deserves what it got in Obama, an economic neophyte. He knows less than John McCain about the economy – and that’s really saying something because McCain is almost brain dead. No, our electorate let a golden moment pass us by, that of electing an economic genius president, namely Mitt Romney; and for that I blame the Republicans and John McCain’s dishonest heart, not the Democrats. But Democrats and Republicans, alike, are responsible for not wanting to open up the president to a Mormon when it has already openly embraced a Catholic and a half Arab-Black former Muslim.
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