Obama is perceived worldwide by our friends and enemies alike as an impotent, incompetent and narcissistic leader and are responding in rational ways. Of course, a majority of Americans have the same sentiment. In the START Treaty, Putin et al have given up nothing whereas Obama is selling the store (our nuclear stockpile capabilities). The Russian leader with little effort cowered Obama into removing defensive weaponry that was protecting Eastern European countries.
Iran continues its production of weapons grade material unabated and Ahmadinejad thumbs his nose at Obama. Obama makes no threats.
Hugo Chavez is flouting his power and agreements with Russia and even has stated his plans to become a (threatening and destabilizing) nuclear power in South America.
What was Obama's response to this taunt?
Without provocation, North Korea "recklessly" attacks with missiles an island that is part of South Korea. This was just the latest in a string of unprovoked military aggression against South Korea.
What was Obama's reaction?
Another of his delayed responses. In fact, he instead first had to make his appearances on TV (that were not news conferences) before offering any sort of comment. Just yukking it up while our ally is attacked.
You could be absolutely sure that if Reagan were President (or virtually any other previous President excluding Jimmy Carter), for example, North Korea wouldn't have dare considered any of their recent aggressive actions against South Korea. They would have known in no uncertain way that there would have been serious reprisals of significant consequence. Instead, we have a very dangerous and volatile situation that could have been averted had not it been for the sheer impotence and weakness of Obama.
Obama needs to be removed from office ASAP before any more damage is done leading to an apocalyptic outcome.
Impeachment would be a good start.
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New Jersey’s new Governor, Chris Christie, has become somewhat of a political folk hero and a forceful and charismatic rising star with his no nonsense approach to dealing with political issues that affect the state’s voters. He is not afraid to take on any opponent in order to protect the interests of the voters and improve the economic welfare of the state.
Many YouTube videos capture his unique, challenging and fearless style which he deploys with precision and prudence to serve as the paladin of New Jersey’s taxpayers.
Many now compare him to Ronald Reagan. You may want to watch some of the YouTube videos of him.
Christie Channels Reagan to Become Anti-Obama
Kevin Hassett Aug 29, 2010
With all the crazy talk of President Barack Obama being the antichrist, it’s sort of amusing that the anti-Obama is a guy named Christie.
To understand the political force sweeping our country, one need only search the words “Chris Christie” on YouTube. The New Jersey governor’s town hall appearances have received hundreds of thousands of hits and glowing comments because the man, like Ronald Reagan before him, has an uncanny ear for what troubles Americans.
The truth is, a mensch like Christie could never have emerged in American politics if super-slick Obama had not enraged so many Americans first. If Jimmy Carter created Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama created Chris Christie.
Americans put their faith in a cocky Obama who wowed “The View” crowd in a bathing suit. But he gave us a government that didn’t know its own boundaries, defied common sense and fueled anxieties in post-financial crash America. Now the people of New Jersey have put their faith in a man who looks like the rest of us in a bathing suit.
Democrats might like to believe that the backlash embodied in the Tea Party movement is nothing more than a carnival of fools, headed for nowhere. But Christie is in touch with the national sense of unease that animates the Tea Party movement, and at town hall-type gatherings he has shown a grittiness that as drama surpasses the best reality TV shows.
On June 15th, Christie appeared at a town hall meeting in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. The crowd assembled was hardly a stereotypical BMW-driving Republican audience, looking like a group that could represent any small town in America
One senses that these Americans rarely gather all in one place, and that when they do, the gravity of the moment is palpable to them. And then Christie says, “our way of life is being challenged by an economy where we have too much debt, too big a government, too much spending and taxes being too high. We all know it in our hearts…we all understand that the day of reckoning is here.” And while he speaks, the people gather -- even Wilda Diaz, the Democratic mayor, seem to nod in agreement.
As Christie concludes that the people in that room have a chance, that “we are going to be the people who fixed New Jersey’s problems,” the audience members have the same look on their faces that the troops have in the old war movies, just as Sarge tells them that they probably will not succeed, but they are going to charge up the hill and attack the machine gun nest anyway.
And attack he does. One of Christie’s most popular YouTube moments is a confrontation with an angry teacher, who upbraids him for not paying her enough. When Christie replies that if she doesn’t like the pay package “then you don’t have to do it,” the crowd cheers like the Giants just scored a touchdown.
Whether the New Jersey governor becomes a genuine national political phenomenon will depend on his fixing at least some of what ails the state. The task is a big one. After defeating Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine, Christie inherited a budget deficit of $2.2 billion, which was projected to expand to $10.7 billion next year -- 28 percent of the budget.
But Christie seems to be on the right path. Following the Reagan playbook, Christie has shunned higher taxes, which are already stratospheric in New Jersey, and has attacked the state’s expenditures. In the first six months of his tenure, he has eliminated roughly $13 billion in planned spending by enacting a wide range of freezes and cuts. These included reducing aid to schools and municipalities by $820 million and $466 million respectively, and forgoing a $3 billion contribution to state pensions.
Christie’s cuts to school funding have earned him the enmity of the state teachers’ union, with 200,000 members. The governor asked teachers to agree to a one-year salary freeze and to kick in 1.5 percent of their pay to help fund their health care insurance -- most of the state’s teachers don’t contribute to their plans.
Teachers in many school districts refused. As he had threatened during discussions with the unions, Christie called on constituents to vote down local school board budgets that didn’t conform to his requests. Christie won the public fight. A surprising 58 percent of proposed budgets were defeated, making it the largest number of rejections on state record.
Just as Reagan did in 1981, when he faced off with the air traffic controllers union, Christie called the bluff and seems to have won.
Reagan became on overwhelming political force because of his ability to appeal to audiences beyond his natural constituency, as Christie did at that Perth Amboy gathering. Christie clearly has the same knack, and will become an irresistible political force if New Jersey can recover.
It is an open question whether it will, but if it does, then the Republican Party may have found a real star.
(Kevin Hassett, director of economic-policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, is a Bloomberg News columnist.)
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