Herman Cain's Commentary Archive 2009-2012

September 27, 2010

A presidency in free fall

September 26, 2010
By Herman Cain 

In less than two years, this presidency has produced an unprecedented turnover rate of top administration advisors, a failed stimulus spending bill, failed economic policies that have left the economy stalled, much higher than expected unemployment, a hugely unpopular health care bill, a financial regulatory deform bill, a list of expensive poorly executed populist programs that flopped, out-of-control federal spending, uncertainty about success with the war in Afghanistan, and increased tensions with Iran, North Korea and China.

Millions of voters have come to realize that this presidency lacks leadership, direction, decisiveness, economic urgency and, most of all, solutions. This combination of deficiencies has produced a more than uninspired citizenry, except for the most loyal and misled supporters of the president.

And just like the Obama supporter who confronted the president at a supposedly friendly town hall meeting last week, people are exhausted from listening to all of the failed attempts to spin failures into successes with speeches and media sound-bites.

A disheartened Obama supporter called my radio show last week and asked if I could name one thing that Obama had done right, since it seemed to him that all I talk about are the things that have not worked. I honestly tried to think of something significantly positive, but I could not. There have been too many disappointments and broken campaign promises.

This presidency is in free fall, which means this nation is in free fall.

But after further reflection, there is something this presidency has inspired. With the help of an incompetently led Congress, Obama has successfully awakened a citizen’s movement that has stunned the political establishment in both parties.

The political establishment and the Obama media call it those Tea Party People. They can’t seem to understand why people are upset. Maybe they’re not listening.

The administration, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, other Democrats, the Obama mainstream media and other liberals have responded to the citizens’ movement with nothing but name-calling attacks on the Tea Party people. Those tactics have not worked. In fact, they appear to have further energized the citizen’s movement. Demonization and intimidation of “We the People” is not working.

The free fall of this presidency started with an unmanageable management structure. Fifteen cabinet heads and dozens of czars is not a logical way to structure a leadership team.

Two of the president’s top economic advisors have left in less than two years, and the third of four, Larry Summers, has announced that he is leaving. Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s chief of staff, is expected to leave soon to run for Mayor of Chicago, while senior advisor to the president David Axelrod has confirmed that he will be leaving sometime in 2011 to work on Obama’s re-election campaign. That might be the uphill political challenge of the century.

Many congressional Democrats running for re-election are distancing themselves from the president, the health care deform bill and the Cap and Trade and Tax and Kill bill. And they don’t even talk about all of the spending, which has not been the solution to economic growth. In fact, they want to spend more!

And now the Democrats have decided to wait until after the November elections to pass legislation on the expiring current tax rates. This is a signal that the president and the Democrats are going to raise taxes. We just do not know whether it will be on all of us or some of us.

Instead of a parachute, this president and Congress are determined to put this economy and nation into a nose dive.